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.
  • 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
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX
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  • Heather Meadows
  • Baker Backcountry

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