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.

GETTING THERE

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).

route

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.
  • This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day. Leaders are expected to contact the leader(s) of existing trips to ensure there are no concerns or conflicts, according to The Mountaineers Outdoor Ethics Policy. Please review our Group Size & Multiple Bookings page for guidance.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 2.0
Map
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX
Activities

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 18, 2023 - Sun, Feb 19, 2023
No Prerequisites
9 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Feb 16
Seattle Branch

Intermediate Winter Mountaineering - Austin Pass (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Bellingham Intermediate Winter Mountaineering
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Feb 25, 2023 - Sun, Feb 26, 2023
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Feb 23
Bellingham Branch

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 25, 2023 - Sun, Feb 26, 2023
No Prerequisites
5 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Feb 23
Seattle Branch

Avalanche Awareness - Austin Pass (winter)

Avalanche Safety Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Learn the basics of assessing avalanche danger.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Mar 4, 2023
No Prerequisites
0 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Mar 2
Bellingham Branch

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, Mar 11, 2023 - Sun, Mar 12, 2023
No Prerequisites
5 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 9
Seattle Branch

Snow I: Basic Snow Travel - 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 6, 2023 - Sun, May 7, 2023
No Prerequisites
0 participants 11 instructors
Registration closes May 4
Bellingham Branch

Intensive Basic Climbing Course Lectures & Field Trips - Austin Pass (winter)

Climbing Field trip: Intensive Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Intensive Basic Climbing Course Lectures & Field Trips - Seattle
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Jun 9, 2023 - Sun, Jun 11, 2023
No Prerequisites
16 participants
Registration opens Feb 13
Seattle Branch
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