Mt Baker

Maple Falls, Washington

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Mt. Baker stands as a frozen warrior guarding the expanse of Bellingham Bay mere miles from the Canadian border. It is visible on a clear day from almost any vantage around northern Puget Sound, and its cone can be spied from Mt. Rainier more than 100 miles away. Mt. Baker sports 12 glaciers, which hold as much ice as the 26 major glaciers on Mt. Rainier. The largest are the Coleman and Roosevelt glaciers, fed by an area that extends from Heliotrope Ridge on the west to Bastile Ridge on the east. A climb up the Coleman Glacier is the most common way to reach the summit, a nearly level ice mound situated more than 1300 feet above the actual volcano crater. The Easton and Boulder glaciers on the south side also provide popular routes to the top.
Washington's Highest Mountains: Basic Alpine and Glacier Routes

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Washington's Highest Mountains: Basic Alpine and Glacier Routes

by Peggy Goldman (Wilderness Press)

Mt. Baker stands as a frozen warrior guarding the expanse of Bellingham Bay mere miles from the Canadian border. It is visible on a clear day from almost any vantage around northern Puget Sound, and its cone can be spied from Mt. Rainier more than 100 miles away. Mt. Baker sports 12 glaciers, which hold as much ice as the 26 major glaciers on Mt. Rainier. The largest are the Coleman and Roosevelt glaciers, fed by an area that extends from Heliotrope Ridge on the west to Bastile Ridge on the east. A climb up the Coleman Glacier is the most common way to reach the summit, a nearly level ice mound situated more than 1300 feet above the actual volcano crater. The Easton and Boulder glaciers on the south side also provide popular routes to the top.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Maple Falls
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Local Contacts: Mt. Baker Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS: Groat Mountain, Mt. Baker
Topo Map: Mt. Baker Topographic Map
Guide Book: Washington's Highest Mountains: Basic Alpine and Glacier Routes Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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