It is a 6km (3hour) moderate one-way hike to Bake Lake. At the lovely Baker Creek Meadows, the trail connects with the Lockhart Creek Trail, which leads steeply down to Kootenay Lake. The trailhead is found at the end of the Redding Creek Road.
- Site Description: The first 0.5 km of the trail follows an unused road through an area that was recently logged and now is growing a new crop of trees. From here, this moderate trail to Baker Lake follows a creek through subalpine forests, past berry patches, across talus slopes and along flower strewn bog meadows. Remnants of an old camp, complete with a stone oven can be found on the edge of the meadow. Wildlife sightings are common. The serene beauty of Baker Lake, at the foot of Akokli Mountain, can be enjoyed from the primitive lakeshore campsite. The campsite clearing is also a good place to fish from. Experienced route finders can hike onto the eastern ridge of Akokli Mountain. The Baker Lake trail connects to the Lockhart Creek trail, on the west side of the creek valley.
- Driving Directions: Main Access: Commencing in Cranbrook, at the junction of Hwy 3/95 and Hwy 95A, follow Hwy 95A for 23.4 km to the north end of Marysville. Take a sharp left (south) onto the St. Mary Lake Road. This paved road turns into a good, 2 wheel drive, gravel road as it passes along the north shore of St. Mary Lake. Continue along this main road to the 38 km marker. Turn left onto the Redding Creek Road (also marked Gray Creek Pass) and cross the St. Mary River. At odometer 24 km stay left, being sure not to turn up the Gray Creek Pass road. At odometer 32.6 km stay right. At odometer 36 km continue straight ahead. At odometer 38 km take the right fork, and follow this road for 1 km to the landing. Park at the trailhead sign.