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 None
Map
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Avalanche Awareness - Austin Pass (winter)

Avalanche Safety Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Learn the basics of assessing avalanche danger.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Mar 2, 2024
No Prerequisites
1 participant 8 instructors
Bellingham Branch
Jason Speer

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 9, 2024 - Sun, Mar 10, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 7
Seattle Branch
Tim Lawson

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 23, 2024 - Sun, Mar 24, 2024
No Prerequisites
3 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Mar 21
Seattle Branch
Tim Lawson

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, Apr 6, 2024 - Sun, Apr 7, 2024
No Prerequisites
6 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Apr 4
Seattle Branch
Tim Lawson

Backcountry Ski/Snowboard - Austin Pass (winter)

Backcountry Skiing Trip
Two Days of Touring out of the Baker Lodge
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Apr 20, 2024 - Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
7 participants 2 leaders
Registration closes Apr 18
Everett 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 18, 2024 - Sun, May 19, 2024
No Prerequisites
10 participants
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 7, 2024 - Sun, Jun 9, 2024
No Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes May 25
Seattle Branch
Chris Swarthout
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  • Heather Meadows
  • Baker Backcountry
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