Mount Baker

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Mount Baker is the third highest mountain in the state of Washington. Its icy volcanic dome rises just 15 miles south of the U.S.-Canadian border, and 35 miles east of Bellingham, Washington. It receives a great deal of precipitation, and set the current world record for most snow in one year, having received 1,140 inches (95 feet) / 2,896 cm (29 meters) of snowfall in the winter of 1998-99.

Mount Baker supports twelve glaciers, providing some of the best variety of glacier climbing opportunities in the lower 48 United States.

Its summit crater is ice-filled, leveling out on top to form a relatively flat 35-acre ice summit. A unique network of ice caverns tunnels through the ice, a phenomenon that is known to exist on only two other North American peaks, Mount Rainier and Mount Wrangell.

Baker has steamed consistently throughout history, and had at least eight known eruptions to its credit in the nineteenth century. No eruptive activity has been recorded since 1880, though with the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens, scientists are more attentively monitoring several Cascade volcanoes, including Mount Baker.

Elevation (feet): 10,778
Elevation (meters): 3,284
Continent: North America
Country: United States/United States
Range/Region: Cascade Range
State: Washington/Washington
Latitude: 48.776895
Longitude: -121.814532
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Volcanic status: Active
Most recent eruption: 1880
Year first climbed: 1868
First successful climber(s): E.T. Coleman, T. Stratton, J. Tenant, D. Ogilvey
Nearest major airport: Seattle, WA or Vancouver, BC
Convenient Center: Bellingham, WA

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Trip Reports

There are 84 trip reports for Mount Baker.

  • Log #344 - by Susan Niemeier on Oct 21, 20043.00 stars
    Climbing Mt. Baker was an exciting challenge - testing one's skill, nerve and self-control against the snow and ice.
  • Log #345 - by kitty on Oct 03, 20043.00 stars
    my class went to the easton glacier it was very interesting we saw 5 bears, a deer, and some marmets, we went up rialroad grid we didnt get very far because it was fogy we couldnt see alot and it was...
  • Log #346 - by Alan and Jeremy and Micheal F Lang on Oct 02, 20043.00 stars
    Well... First off, this mountain should only be climbed my avid mountaineerers. well, whatever! It was awesome conditions and beautiful out. We summited at 11:30 am and got back to the trail head at...
  • Log #347 - by Michael Day on Sep 28, 20043.00 stars
    We left Heliotrope trailhead at 7:00 a.m. and summited in very warm and soft conditions at 4:30 p.m., back to trailhead at 11:00 p.m. A long day but well worth it.
  • Log #348 - by Chris Bourne on Sep 20, 20043.00 stars
    Nice climb over the Romans wall. great time with Pete, Jeff, david, Tifany, KK
  • Log #349 - by Helene Barrette on Sep 05, 20043.00 stars
    I climbed Mt Baker as part of a 6-day Mountaineering Course with Alpine Ascents International, of Seattle. The course was fantastic, the guides awesome, and the climb was sublime! Hard work -...
  • Log #350 - by John Stevenson on Aug 13, 20043.00 stars
    The trip was our first to Mount Baker for my brother and myself, and it was fabulous. We stayed at a camp site near the buttes, and summited the next day. Gorgeous views. Thanks to Scott, your memory...
  • Log #351 - by Todd Snell on Aug 03, 20043.00 stars
    Began climb from a low camp at approx. 5200 ft. We were able to summit in about 6 hours via the Coleman-Deming and Roman Wall. Had great weather and snow conditions. Thanks to Greg Rideout and...
  • Log #352 - by Jon Lindhout on July 27, 20043.00 stars
    Spectacular climb. Set up camp high to the left of the buttes. Enjoyed a sunset to die for. Great snow conditons.
  • Log #353 - by Scott Boysen on July 27, 20043.00 stars
    We spent the night of the 25th next to the buttes in an area we called the "train wreck". Left for the summit on the 26th at 3:30 a.m. and signed the summit book at 7:30 a.m. The view at...
  • Log #354 - by Nelson Harvey on July 26, 20043.00 stars
    Desided to stay the nigt at the top of the hogs back(5900ft). Josh(32) my dad(59) and I(31) started for the top at about 0330 and there was no moon. There was still a lot of snow up there(solid from...
  • Log #355 - by Julia on June 26, 20043.00 stars
    Our team of ten took the Coleman-Deming route, on a weekend that had great weather. It was a very scenic route, but heavily populated. Crampons were definitely needed for the Roman Wall at the time...
  • Log #356 - by Clement J. Aleka-Gorai on June 13, 20043.00 stars
    Thanks AAI Guide-Peter, Team- Paul,Austen,Tamara,Celinda. Great Climb, Aloha Clem.
  • Log #357 - by Scott Davie on Feb 22, 20043.00 stars
    Summited via the Coleman Glacier in 12 hours from the car park at the Heliotrope ridge trailhead, glorious sunny day with unlimited visibility. All the crevasses were clearly visible making for some...
  • Log #358 - by Gregory L. Lanter on Feb 03, 20043.00 stars
    Alpine start at 1:00am from high camp at 6,500 feet. Summited at 7:38am. This was my first climb.
  • Log #359 - by Brad A on Oct 03, 20033.00 stars
    coleman deming route took 12hrs from basecamp to summit and back to basecamp started at 3am the route was easy to follow in the dark the roman wall was icey need ice screws the summit book was wet...
  • Log #360 - by Jared and Mark Dean on Sep 08, 20033.00 stars
    Take lots of wands and use them all when taking the Easton Glacier route to the summit. The route-finding on the ascent is difficult, be careful with your choice of routes on the ascent, some of them...
  • Log #361 - by Wayne Martin on Sep 08, 20033.00 stars
    Excellent day. Climbed a route less travelled south of the Easton Glacier. Amazing weather. Unfortunately very hazy due to the fires in California and elsewhere.
  • Log #362 - by Roger Tewson on July 21, 20033.00 stars
    Attempted the summit five times before finally becoming successful. I remember a beautiful mountian, lots of fun, and a wonderful climb. Have been asked to attempt again next year, 2004, so I look...
  • Log #363 - by D. Byrne on July 01, 20033.00 stars
    This was a trip of firsts. This was the first time that our 4 person Ropeteam attempted Mt. Baker. Our Team consisted of two excellent NCM"S from The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada and a...
  • Log #364 - by Mack Malloch on Feb 20, 20033.00 stars
    Great fun but didn't get too far. Skinned from 7-mile marker on road (lots of snow). Made it to the bottom of the snowfields but avi. Conditions were probably the worst one could ask for.
  • Log #365 - by Brenda Coleman on Nov 30, 20023.00 stars
    This is about as close to heaven as any mortal can reach.
  • Log #367 - by Jason Streubel on Oct 08, 20023.00 stars
    If you get to the Roman Wall and it is Whiteout conditions...turn around. The top is not a place to be in a Whiteout. We found out the hard way.
  • Log #368 - by Rod Duncan on Sep 18, 20023.00 stars
    Amazing trip, hiked up in dense fog/cloud, then rose above it around 6am to find the mountain in clear blue skies. First time up.
  • Log #369 - by Nelson Harvey on Sep 17, 20023.00 stars
    Left the trail head for Heliotrope ridge at 2:40am. There was no snow untill the tow of the Coleman at 5900ft. Leaving at that time in the morning was great for the flies, and the temp was great for...
  • Log #370 - by Les Owen on Aug 02, 20023.00 stars
    Second time up Baker. Had planned to climb the North Ridge, but temperatures were too warm all week(a bona fide tropical breeze was blowing). So, we opted for the Easton. It was my second time, but...
  • Log #371 - by Rob Ellis on July 15, 20023.00 stars
    Baker was a great climb. Our key to success was packing light. (Coleman route) We left the parking lot at 11 AM and reached high camp (7600 feet) at 4:30 PM camped in the shadows of the black...
  • Log #372 - by Martin Jonker on July 01, 20023.00 stars
    Great climb. My 11th summit, and one of the best. Very good weather conditions. Did not freeze at night, so snow somewhat sloggy all the way up to bottom of Roman Wall.
  • Log #373 - by Bert Griffioen on June 25, 20023.00 stars
    A wonderful experience. Very fortunate to have had perfect weather conditions. Left base camp at 3 am, summited at 9 am, all 10 people in our group made it!. Thanks to the leadership and...
  • Log #374 - by Ed Pearson on Mar 12, 20023.00 stars
    Three of us old teachers from Lake Stevens Middle School decided to climb the big Mt. Baker. It was a great weekend for weather sunny and bright. My partners and myself where all novices. One of my...
  • Log #375 - by Steve Beaulieu on Jan 16, 20023.00 stars
    one of my first climbs. Climbed with two friends from "Rapattack" broke my ankle on the way down! a great big cap of ice and snow--a truely wonderful experience.
  • Log #376 - by Zoran Bogdanovic on Jan 06, 20023.00 stars
    I reached the top via Colman glacier route ,and ski down from top. First YU ascent to Mt.Baker
  • Log #377 - by Nick Kiss on Jan 03, 20023.00 stars
    Climbed to the top via the Coleman Demming, Easton Glacier and North Ridge routes. An equal number of trips were non-summits due to weather/white out conditions. Weather is probably the major factor...
  • Log #378 - by Thomas & Jodi Wilcox on Jan 02, 20023.00 stars
    We camped at about 5000 feet at toe of Easton Glacier. Alpine start on summit morning. Made it to summit in 5 or 6 hours, can't remember for sure. Snow bridges were really getting farby on the way...
  • Log #379 - by Mark Forsyth on Oct 25, 20013.00 stars
    I climbed as part of a guided team with Alpine Ascents International. Matt Walker was the lead guide. I was very happy with AAI and Matt in particular. The climb is a beautiful one.
  • Log #380 - by Kevin Quinn on Sep 17, 20013.00 stars
    first alpine summit, had a great time on the climb. Got snowed in for a day but the next day it cleard and we made a run for the summit. can't wait for my next climb.
  • Log #381 - by Steve Hysko on Sep 17, 20013.00 stars
    Great climb, snow bridges questionable, some falling ice, wind, snow in good shape. Cold and windy on summit. Total team of six climbers including: Fletcher Roberts (NC), Bob Guthrie (CO), Chris Ruby...
  • Log #382 - by Rob Bourke on Sep 10, 20013.00 stars
    Mt. Baker is one of the most beautiful mountain environments I've visited. The approach to the Easton Glacier route, which my group with Alpine Ascents International climbed, is via a spectacular...
  • Log #383 - by David Myers on Aug 21, 20013.00 stars
    My climbing partners and I had climbed Mt Rainier with guides the previous summer and were desirous of climbing Baker on our own. We checked with the BC Federation of Mountain Clubs as to whether...
  • Log #384 - by Michael S. Roden on Aug 12, 20013.00 stars
    We had terrible weather from the time we arrived until the time we left. Either ice or rain for three days. The crevasses were deep and wide but the snow bridges were solid. Out of four, two of us...
  • Log #385 - by Lynn Emerick on Aug 09, 20013.00 stars
    I climbed this peak as part of an American Alpine Institute mountaineering class in 1989. The guides were Matt Culberson and Julie Cheney. They later married and Julie died in an avalanche, I believe...
  • Log #386 - by Scott Perkins on July 26, 20013.00 stars
    Summited via Boulder Glacier route (Boulder-Park clever var.) with partners Don Dowling and Blake Batten. Warm weather necessitated an early start, left camp at around midnight and summited at 6am. I...
  • Log #387 - by Blake Batten on July 15, 20013.00 stars
    started at 12 am and summited via the glacier park cleaver variation at 6:15 am. delicate snow bridges across big crevasses, start early! a great mountain with an amazing view.
  • Log #388 - by Mandy Thomas on July 03, 20013.00 stars
    I'd tried Mt. Baker 3 weeks prior to this as the graduation climb for my mountaineering class, but we'd been turned around by whiteout conditions. Not to be denied, we came back for another try. This...
  • Log #389 - by schuyler clark on June 30, 20013.00 stars
    had a wonderful climb with three friends via the easton glacier route. the view was amazing, with very clear weather. not a technically demanding route, but very worthwhile. we had amazingly clear...
  • Log #390 - by scott perkins on Dec 02, 20003.00 stars
    Summited with partner Keith Daellenbach. We did Baker trail approach hike, crossed the Coleman and climbed the lower portion of the North Ridge route and bivied. Started out just before 5am, perfect...
  • Log #392 - by Martin R. Apprich on Sep 12, 20003.00 stars
    I summited this mountain as part of an Alpine Ascents International 6-Day Mountaineering Course. After a few days of practicing basic snow an ice skills on the lower mountain, I felt prepared for the...
  • Log #393 - by Jason Owen on Sep 03, 20003.00 stars
    Even though the weather was bleak and the descent a little harrowing, it was a wonderful experience. Mount Baker is a great mountain for a climber looking for a little experience.
  • Log #394 - by Darryl Eaton on Aug 16, 20003.00 stars
    Not a cloud in the sky - hiked up by moonlight, beautiful clear skies after sunrise made for a breathtaking summit. Ditto on Les Owen's account - we were all part of the same team.
  • Log #395 - by Les Owen on Aug 16, 20003.00 stars
    Phenomenal climb. Started at 1 a.m. with crystal clear skies, excellent snow conditions, and a nearly full moon. We didn't really even need our headlamps; the moon was so bright, you could read a...
  • Log #396 - by Carl Corneliuson on July 31, 20003.00 stars
    Did the Coleman Headwall route. Got a good Alpine start (2:00am). Had a fortunate break in the weather, clear and cold 15 deg F. after a real post-holing slog up the Coleman glacier the previous day.
  • Log #398 - by Ben Sprague on July 09, 20003.00 stars
    optimal conditions- up and down no problems.
  • Log #399 - by Chris Brown on July 07, 20003.00 stars
    Great conditions, a little foggy down low up to 9000 feet. The Sherman Crater was venting a lot and made the summit sickening. lots of beautiful ice. We went with a Nepalese Sherpa and he said it...
  • Log #400 - by Keith Walton on June 29, 20003.00 stars
    Summited via Coleman glacier route along with about 200 other people. I have never seen so many people climb a mountain at the same time. I bet there will soon be a quota system to restrict the...
  • Log #401 - by Stephane Durocher on June 26, 20003.00 stars
    As any of the other 100 smiling faces on the (crowded) summit that morning can attest, the clear skies provided magnificent views of Rainier to the south, the Olympics to the west, the North Shore...
  • Log #402 - by Joe on June 25, 20003.00 stars
    Dress warm a clear day can turn into a stormy one within minutes. Also beware of rain, Baker is extemely wet!
  • Log #403 - by Jeffery Bass on June 21, 20003.00 stars
    I've been on this peak twice and both times was forced to retreat because of bad weather and/or high winds. The last time was with American Alpine Institute's 6-day basic course and the course was...
  • Log #404 - by Jeff Stromgren on June 07, 20003.00 stars
    This was my first Mountaineering trip on ice. My friend and colleague Jeff Raninovitch of the BCMC took me along for the trip of my life (SO FAR!).We got a late start on Saturday afternoon, arriving...
  • Log #405 - by Mike Melland on May 21, 20003.00 stars
    Summer 1980 Climbed from South. Route was just South of Blue Glacier. Jumped a 2-3 foot cravase in morning that widened to 15 feet in afternoon and over 100 feet deep. Started at trailhead at 2 or 3...
  • Log #407 - by Tetsuo Fukuchi on Apr 25, 20003.00 stars
    I climbed via the standard Heliotrope Ridge - Coleman Glacier Route. The crevasses on the upper part of Coleman Glacier looked pretty serious, so it's probably not advisable to go alone, although...
  • Log #408 - by Alan Kane on Mar 25, 20003.00 stars
    Carried my skis up trail to edge of glacier by Heliotrope ridge and skied most of the way to the summit. I think I had way more fun than the folks plodding along on foot. Great ascent, crampons used...
  • Log #410 - by Gerald Froese on Mar 24, 20003.00 stars
    I was born, and except for a year and a half, lived under the shadow of this peak for 49 years until I had the priviledge of climbing to the top with the help of my friend, Ed W. The second time, I...
  • Log #411 - by Eric DeVroeg on Mar 24, 20003.00 stars
    I have climbed several of the major Cascade peaks, and I would have to say that Mt. Baker was my favorite. This is a beautiful peak with beautiful panoramas, despite a low cloud layer obscuring the...
  • Log #412 - by Bill Blaney on Oct 13, 19993.00 stars
    Spent 5 days on the mountain as part of A.A.I. team but roll of film came out blank. Will gladly pay anyone who shared similar experience and has the film to prove it.
  • Log #413 - by David Ryon on Oct 08, 19993.00 stars
    I summitted this peak through the guidance of the American Alpine Institute, as part of their alpine mountaineering course. I highly recommend this course... it was a fantastic experience. My first...
  • Log #414 - by Jonathan Regele on Sep 15, 19993.00 stars
    Ascending the Colman Deming route. Theres a nice head wall on the last 900 feet or so of elevation gain. The shadow of the mountain on the clouds in the morning was amazing.
  • Log #415 - by Michael Evanoff on Aug 28, 19993.00 stars
    Began the climb at 1:00 am that morning and had perfect conditions right to the top. Climbed in the the moon light, using headlamps to spot crevasses and other obstacles ,as well as the route. Sun...
  • Log #416 - by Lance Weaver on July 20, 19993.00 stars
    A cool steamy volcano. Coleman-Deming route was fairly non-technical yet highly rewarding in the way of views.
  • Log #417 - by Karl Hungus on July 12, 19993.00 stars
    What a zoo! Traffic jams on the Coleman all morning.
  • Log #418 - by Kman on July 01, 19993.00 stars
    rained and snowed all day, but the top was beautiful.
  • Log #419 - by Josh Swartz on June 28, 19993.00 stars
    Fun "climb" on the Coleman - Upper Deming Glacier route.
  • Log #420 - by Robert G. White, Sr. on Feb 02, 19993.00 stars
    6 day program with AAI
  • Log #421 - by Mark Frye on Jan 06, 19993.00 stars
    I climbed this peak on forearm crutches. Am paralyzed on the right side. Super mountian! Climbed with Everest climber Larry Neilson. Also, Phill Williams and Alan Lekan.
  • Log #422 - by Carl Malmfeldt on Dec 29, 19983.00 stars
    Graduation day for AAI 6-day mountaineering course. Summited via Easton glacier at 6:00 am. My thanks to Jamie Pierce and Barbara Winkler. Great instructors.
  • Log #423 - by Brian Wawro on Dec 21, 19983.00 stars
    Summitted via Coleman route. Bivied under clear skies at base of Roman Wall for an early start. Apparently there are more stars in the sky than I thought! Unbelievable. Had the summit to ourselves...
  • Log #424 - by Tom Breit on Nov 19, 19983.00 stars
    This was my second time climbing Mt. Baker. The first time was about eight years ago. The summit dome seems to go on for ever! In mid-June the summit register is buried in snow. We climbed on a...
  • Log #425 - by David Hendricks on Nov 13, 19983.00 stars
    Ascended in the fog, summited in the fog, descended in the fog and rain. Does this mountain actually exist?
  • Log #426 - by Robert White on Nov 13, 19983.00 stars
    Climbed via Easton Glacier with the American Alpine Institute. Wow! What a smell up on the Roman Wall! A sulfuric, glacial, crevasse-ridden day. Great training experience. Now on to Rainier and...
  • Log #427 - by Trina Allinotte on Nov 01, 19983.00 stars
    Incredible. Unforgettable.
  • Log #21707 - by Terrill Thompson on July 05, 20093.71 stars
    Glacier Creek Road, the road leading to both of the main northern routes, is still closed after winter mudslides. Repair work has reportedly begun with hopes of possibly finishing later this summer....
  • Log #21701 - by CougarSteve on July 01, 20093.00 stars
    It was a good time.
  • Log #20590 - by Miroslav Ivkovic on Aug 15, 20063.00 stars
    This was a guided climb with two climbing teams, both of which made the summit. The hike to base camp at 7,000 feet was a little tedious and took about five hours but the view of the surrounding...
  • Log #20723 - by Glenn Phipps on Apr 01, 20073.00 stars
    Coleman - Deming Glacier route. 1 hour approach hike. I would suggest to avoid the lower campsites on the hogsback and continue another 45 minutes to "high" camp under the Black Buttes. The line is...
  • Log #22544 - by theyogiclimber on July 05, 20163.71 stars
    Camped overnight at Railroad Grade. Climbed the Easton Glacier solo in perfect weather. Good snow conditions going up. Soft slog coming down.