Mount Baring, or Baring Mountain, is situated high above the South Fork Skykomish River valley east of the town of Index, Washington. Baring can be easily seen from Highway 2 as one travels east enroute to Stevens Pass as the highway skirts the south footing of the mountain. The mountain has two summits with the lower South Peak at 6010 feet elevation. Both summits can be reached via scramble routes, but the North Peak is also notable for its sheer 3000 foot vertical relief of it North Face walls which challenges climbers with routes ranging to 5.10. Baring's neighbors include a group of rugged peaks including Gunn Peak, Mt. Index, and Merchant Peak. The standard approach is made via a three mile route which gains 4000 feet of elevation from the Barclay Lake Trail. Approach can also be made via a mostly forested ascent of the south slopes. Baring is located in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume 2, or Jeff Smoot's Climbing Washington's Mountains for information on climbing routes on Mount Baring.
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1897|
|First successful climber(s):||Charlton and Sylvester|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
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