Agate Field, Baker Lake, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Detail of rock field in Baker Creek at Baker Lake
Located on the eastern flank of the Mt. Baker (10,781ft) volcano lies Baker Lake. A 9 mile long lake straddling the edges Mt.Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest to the West and the North Cascades National Park to the East. Geothermally heated by volcanic activity, Baker Lake is favorite wilderness area offering unusually warm waters for its northern latitudes, camping, hot springs, glacier hiking, boating and unparalleled vistas of the North Cascades and the Northern Lights. Pictured here, a collection of agate formed where magma from the ancient North American fault made its way to the surface, cooled and crystallized. The colors of the rocks, defined by the mineral content of the magma. Their shape, defined by seasonal spring melts whose currents feed the lake and erode the rocks to reveal the story of their formation.