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Mount Baker Standard Summit Route is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Deming, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 11.8 mi Elevation gain 7,260 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Skiing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

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This is a beautiful climb up one of the most glaciated peaks in the lower 48. In the summer you will see beautiful wildflowers. You will camp high up on the Coleman Glacier and make a summit bid early the next morning before the sun comes up. Beware of crevasses along the route. This hike requires proper knowledge of glacial climbing and hiking and proper gear. Proper knowledge and equipment are essential.

From Bellingham, WA drive east on Rt 542 towards the Mount Baker Ski area. A mile past the Glacier Public Service Center take a right onto Forest Service Road 39. Drive 8 miles up this road to the trailhed which is just after the pavement turns to gravel.

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Bryan Lorman
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Climbed Baker this past Sunday with the help of my buddy guiding our trio. Beautiful but BUSY approach hike to camp. Lucked out with great visibility and weather on the climb. Left camp just before 1 AM and summited just after 6. Crevasses were easy to identify and navigate but he expressed concern that one of the main snow bridges probably wouldn’t be around much longer into the season. The earlier you summit the better, snow got slushy quick in the morning sun.

Kendra Grubb
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Hiked/climbed Mt Baker over this past weekend - it was awesome! Beautiful mountain flowers on the way to camp. Three creek crossings that did result in wet feet but nothing major. Camped at Raven’s Nest (AKA eagles nest) up the hill from the main camping area - easily the most beautiful campsite I have ever seen!! Visited by a mountain goat that licked the tents at night (after salt) but was not the least bit aggressive. The climb to the summit was perfect! Left at 5am, snow was perfect, summit in just under 5 hours. Could not have asked for a better day!!!

Michael Eekhoff
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HikingIcySnow

Hiked this over the 4th of July weekend. Cloudy up to Black Butte on day one made route finding a little difficult. But with proper GPS and maps, most should be fine. Crevasse crossing started around 6,400 feet but were very narrow. We had to dig into the snow to set up tents but the butte blocked most of the wind. We started hiking the next morning at 3 AM in thick fog so again route finding was tricky and there were lots of larger crevasses and seracs to look out for. We only saw one other lone hiker out there with us at that time. Our leader had to kick in steps up to 3 feet deep in places due to fresh snow. We worked our way to the steeper upper mountain and hit the base of the Roman wall around 6 AM. Steep and some exposed sections due to hard snow/ice but we were able to kick in with crampons ok. Reached the summit around 7:13 AM to winds and cold so we didn’t stay long. Worked our way down carefully on the upper mountain to see about 3 other groups making their way up. Clouds kept moving in and out. Made it down without much trouble, but be ready for changing conditions on this one! Only reason for 4 stars was because the clouds blocked what would’ve been awesome views!

Mo untain
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Mount Baker climb: Climbers/rope team: three Approach: alpine style one day push Start: 12:30am, Sat June 26th. Route: Coleman Deming We were targeting a tight window of good sunny weather. The climb started with clear skies and reasonable wind albeit very cold. Rope team worked well and efficiently together. We gained 5700 feet elevation and roundtrip distance of 10.9 miles in 7 hours total moving time and 11 hours total trip time. As we reached elevation 9000 feet, it became clear that his majesty Baker did not want us that day. We started climbing in total whiteout with high wind. We could not see any of Baker features at this point. Multiple parties started showing up climbing down after turning around and not summitting because of high wind at the ridge before Roman Wall. While we could have continued the climb and try our luck, we erred to the side of caution and decided not to risk it given multiple reasons. As we climbed down there were mixed moments of clear skies, rain, and clouds. It was clearly a difficult day to climb Baker Lessons learnt: one day push is definitely more enjoyable to members of this group than camping overnight. That’s how we thought before we went and was confirmed during our trip. We made it to Hogsback camp in less than 2 hrs carrying relatively lighter packs. When we reached elevation 9000 feet (with only 1700 feet remaining) we were only little after 6 hrs from starting at TH despite being first time on rope together. Early start: while the early start might made us miss the brief windows of clear skies, it worked perfectly in regards to allowing enough time to summit in appropriate snow conditions. When we go again, I will still aim for midnight start. Major benefit: the experience on the mountain was amazing. The snow travel using crampons and ice axe worked perfectly despite solid snow early morning. But the highest benefit of all was construction of a rope team from three who never climbed together before. We worked efficiently and appropriately all the times and communications were perfect. To me this is more of value than summitting Baker since we have potentials for many other climbs to come.

Melanie Little
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Hiking

Summited June 1, 2019. Day trip from TR, left shortly after midnight. Perfect conditions on the way up. Bit slushy on the way down. Hopped over a few crevasses but most of them could be avoided. Epic day! Ig twooutofthree

Sean Reed
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Hiking

Spent 2 nights camped at "Mirkwood" AKA Harrison camp doing an alpine skills class with AAI. Weather was bad with lots of rain, and snow at higher elevation the two days before, but we did appreciate the wooden toilet. Attempt to summit with a 3AM start from Mirkwood, and made it to 8200ft before turning around after seeing the situation deteriorating at the roman wall. We opted to descend and walk around on the lower coleman glacier instead. We heard later there was a small avalanche on the roman wall that partially buried two climbers, and not clear if anyone made it to the summit that day. Hopefully we can return to try again when the weather is better. Make sure to rope up, use helmets near the black buttes, and have good confidence with self-arrest/ice axe.

Lance Spielmann
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Hiking

Spent the night above hogsback and made it to the summit yesterday. Left around 2:30 am, snow was nice and firm and the trail to the summit was well established. We did rope up for the summit. The weather was beautiful and the hike was awesome!

Max Krolenko
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Hiking

Did Mt Baker on July 18th 2018 by myself. left parking 5:30am took me 8 hours and 45 minutes to the summit and back to parking beautiful views was great day for it.

Mark Tevis
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Backpacking

May 27, 2018. Spectacular 360 view of Washington and Canada. It’s a challenging climb, but worth every bit of the effort required to get to the summit. We were lucky to arrive on the first day vehicles could reach the trailhead which was a plus. Mountaineering gear for glacier safety is highly recommended. While it’s possible to summit in 1 day, I would highly recommend making it an enjoyable 2 day excursion. For those planning 2 days, there are two excellent options for setting up base camp.

NW Adventures (youtube)
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Hiking

Hiked on May 12th snow was pretty sloppy as we had a lot of hot weather. Over all hike was a blast with beautiful views. I made a video along the way check it out for more in depth information about the hike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDJzVpyON7c Be safe out there, NW Adventures

Wes Neal
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Hiking

Perfect weather and an incredible weekend to summit Baker!!!

Ian Brown
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Easy approach via Heliotrope Ridge Trail. Easton glacier is much more exposed than Coleman, no dangerous snow bridges to be found along the route, crevasses are all pretty obvious. This is the best route for the late season. Water is plentiful right near the hogsback bivy sites.

Dickson Dabell
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First to Review

We went last week on Wednesday and Thursday. There is plenty of water up to Hogsback camp. The trail is easy to follow all the way to the top of Mount Baker.

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Mo untain
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Zuzka Tichy
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Uladzimir Zhurovich
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Mourya VB
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Keshav P
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Hayden Mills
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Johnny R.
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Владислав Зотя
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Matt Grim
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Whitney W
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Ruth Czeppel
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Ken Schafer
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Ken Schafer
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