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 2021 Mt. Baker Recreation Area Internal Lottery results are now final. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2021, 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

  • This route/place is intended for scheduling course field trips and clinics. Please schedule any trips (ex: climbs, hikes, etc) on the specific route/place. Contact info@mountaineers.org  with any questions or support finding the correct route/place.
  • 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
  • USGS Baker Pass
  • USGS Mt Baker
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX
Activities

Upcoming Activities

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 22, 2021 - Sun, May 23, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
13 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes May 20
Kitsap Branch

Field Trip - Snow 2 - Mount Baker Recreation Area: Easton Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Roped Travel and Crevasse Rescue
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, May 22, 2021 - Sun, May 23, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants 8 instructors
Registration closes May 20
Foothills Branch

Glacier Travel - Mount Baker Recreation Area

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Travel on a glacier and perform crevasse rescue.
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jun 5, 2021 - Sun, Jun 6, 2021
No Prerequisites
13 participants 9 instructors
Registration closes Jun 3
Bellingham 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 5, 2021 - Sun, Jun 6, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Jun 3
Everett 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 12, 2021 - Sun, Jun 13, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
14 participants
Registration closes Jun 10
Everett Branch

Seattle MAC - Snow 2 - Mount Baker Recreation Area: Easton Glacier

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 12, 2021 - Sun, Jun 13, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant 1 instructor
Registration closes Jun 3
Seattle Branch
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Titles

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  • Mount Baker Recreation Area: Easton Glacier
  • Mount Baker Recreation Area: Squak Glacier
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