Austin Pass (winter)

This spot along the way to Artist Point is a great training area in the winter for snowshoeing, backcountry skiing/snowboarding, and avalanche safety.


From I-5, Take Exit 255 for SR 542, the Mount Baker Highway. Drive East on SR 542 approximately 54 miles to the ski area and continue to the uppermost parking lot (4,250 ft).


From the upper parking lot of the ski area follow the cat track up and then cut toward swift creek.  Austin Pass is a nice flat area suitable for camping.

INFORMATION for leaders

Scheduling & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 2.0
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13S

Upcoming Activities

Seattle Snowshoe Winter Camping Field Trip - Austin Pass (winter)

Snowshoeing Field trip: Snowshoe / Winter Camping Course
Field trip for the Seattle Winter Camping course.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 - Sun, Feb 17, 2019
No Prerequisites
1 participant 4 instructors
Registration closes Feb 14
Seattle Branch

Avalanche Awareness Field Trip - Austin Pass (winter)

Avalanche Safety Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Learn the basics of assessing avalanche danger.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Mar 2, 2019
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
20 participants 11 instructors
Registration closes Feb 28
Bellingham Branch

Snow Travel Field Trip - Austin Pass (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Learn the basics of roped and unroped travel on snow as well as some snow
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, May 11, 2019 - Sun, May 12, 2019
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
31 participants
Registration closes May 9
Bellingham Branch

Intense Basic Climb Course Lectures & Field Trips - Austin Pass (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Intense Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Intense Basic Days 7 to 9 - Mt. Baker Field Trip
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Jun 21, 2019 - Sun, Jun 23, 2019
No Prerequisites
16 participants 10 instructors
Registration opens Feb 15; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
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