Mt. Baker (North Cascades, WA; 10,781')

Mt. Baker is the northermost of the volcanoes in Washington State. It was named in 1792 by Capt. George Vancouver for one of his officers, Joseph Baker. It has a prominent crater, guarded by steep crumbly cliffs, between the main summit (Grant Peak) on the north and Sherman Peak on the south. The mountains close proximity to the ocean produces copious snowfall and impressive glaciation, although the glaciers have shrunk substantially in recent years, like all glaciers in the Pacific Northwest. It offers routes from easy snow climbs to serious alpine ice climbs and is also popular as a ski descent.

Aerial view of Mt. Baker from the East in July
Topo Map
Routes: Easton Glacier (easy glacier travel)
References: Fred Beckey, Cascade Alpine Guide, Vol.3 , The Mountaineers (Seattle, WA 1995)
Jeff Smoot, Summit Guide to the Cascade Volcanoes , Chockstone Press (Evergreen, CO 1992)

Date: July 29-30, 2000

Party: Dietrich and Paul Belitz, Thomas Vojta

Route: Easton Glacier

Equipment: Crampons and ice axe, glacier rope

Time: Trailhead - Camp at ~6,400': 4 hrs
Camp - Summit: 5 hrs
Summit - Camp: 2 hrs 30 mins
Camp - Trailhead: 2 hrs 30 mins

Comments: There is a solar pit toilet on the cleaver at about 6,400'.

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