Mount Baker Recreation Area

A mutli-use area on the south flank of Mount Baker. Much of the Easton Glacier lies within this area, as does the Squak glacier. The open crevasses and seracs are great for glacier travel, crevasse rescue and ice climbing training.

getting there

From I-5 just north of Mount Vernon, go east on SR 20 (North Cascades Highway) and turn left on Baker Lake Road. Continue 12.5 mi to just past the Rocky Creek Bridge, turn left onto Forest Road 12. Go 3.5 mi to Sulfur Creek Road (Forest Road 13). Turn right and follow it 6 mi to its end at the Park Butte Trailhead (3,360 ft).

Approach

Hike the Park Butte Trail 1.9 mi to its intersection with the Scott Paul Trail.  Continue on the Park Butte Trail for 0.4 mi and then head north on the Railroad Grade to the Easton Glacier. Ascend to the open crevasses and seracs of the Easton Glacier. 

notes

  • All of this is within the Mount Baker National Recreation Area.
  • Use this route for crevasse rescue and ice climbing practice. 
  • Camp below the toe of the glacier on or around moraines.

Information for Leaders

Internal Climbing and Scrambling Lottery

  • The 2020 Mt. Baker Recreation Area Internal Lottery results are now final. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2020, please check this document before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling, or that there is no other course that already has priority in the internal lottery for your date(s).

Scheduling & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the recommended 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 this as a non-stewardship related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by stewardship trips only, and includes both participants and leaders. Group size maximums do not reflect how stewardship trips are run (in smaller groups of participants and leaders), but allow for leaders to register the activity in our system.
  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
  • Length: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,640 ft
  • 7,000 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13S
  • USGS Baker Pass
  • USGS Mt Baker
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Intermediate Glacier Travel Field Trip - Mount Baker Recreation Area

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Glacier Travel
Intermediate Glacier Travel Field Trip. Ed/Paul & Catharine/Mija Mentor Group
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, May 16, 2020 - Sun, May 17, 2020
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes May 14
Seattle Branch

Basic Snow 2/Crevasse Rescue Field Trip - Mount Baker Recreation Area

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Snow 2/Crevasse Rescue Field Trip
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, May 23, 2020 - Sun, May 24, 2020
No Prerequisites
0 participants 5 instructors
Registration closes May 21
Kitsap Branch
Debbee Lynn
Qualified Youth Leader

BC Field Trip #7: Crevasse Rescue - Mount Baker Recreation Area

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Olympia Basic Climbing Course - Crevasse Rescue Field Trip
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, May 30, 2020 - Sun, May 31, 2020
No Prerequisites
7 participants 0 instructors
Registration closed Jan 23
Olympia Branch

Basic Climbing - Snow 2 Field Trip - Mount Baker Recreation Area

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Climbing Course Snow 2 FT (Easton Glacier)
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jun 6, 2020 - Sun, Jun 7, 2020
Prerequisites
27 participants 5 instructors on waitlist
Registration opens May 1; Instructor registration open now
Everett Branch

Seattle MAC - Snow 2 - Mount Baker Recreation Area

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
This is the 2nd snow skills field trip covering more advanced glacier travel techniques including
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jun 20, 2020 - Sun, Jun 21, 2020
No Prerequisites
11 participants 3 instructors 2 chaperones
Registration closes Jun 18
Seattle Branch

Intermediate Glacier Climbing Field Trip - Mount Baker Recreation Area

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Glacier Climbing
Intermediate Glacier Climbing - Everett
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jun 20, 2020 - Sun, Jun 21, 2020
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
11 participants
Registration closes Jun 18
Everett Branch
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  • Mount Baker Recreation Area: Easton Glacier
  • Mount Baker Recreation Area: Squak Glacier
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