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 2022 Mountaineers Internal Lottery results are now final. Please select the Mt Baker Rec Area tab to view the results for this location. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2022, please check this spreadsheet before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling and that there is no other course that already has priority.
  • The 2023 Mountaineers Internal Lottery results are now final. Please select the Mt Baker Rec Area tab to view the results for this location. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2023, please check this spreadsheet before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling and that there is no other course that already has priority.

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

WCR - Experience Trip 2 - Glacier Travel & Rescue Practice - Mount Baker Recreation Area: Easton Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Winter Mountaineering & Advanced Crevasse Rescue (aka Intermediate Glacier Travel)
ET2: In Spring/Summer conditions practice rope lead & rope management, navigating crevasses, and rescue scenarios
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, May 20, 2023 - Sun, May 21, 2023
No Prerequisites
14 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes May 18
Seattle Branch

WCR - Experience Trip 2 - Glacier Travel & Rescue Practice - Mount Baker Recreation Area: Easton Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Winter Mountaineering & Advanced Crevasse Rescue (aka Intermediate Glacier Travel)
ET2: In Spring/Summer conditions practice rope lead & rope management, navigating crevasses, and rescue scenarios
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, May 27, 2023 - Sun, May 28, 2023
No Prerequisites
14 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes May 25
Seattle 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 3, 2023 - Sun, Jun 4, 2023
No Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist
Registration closes Jun 1
Everett Branch

Snow II: 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 3, 2023 - Sun, Jun 4, 2023
No Prerequisites
15 participants 10 instructors
Registration closes Jun 1
Bellingham Branch

Field Trip - Snow 2 - Mount Baker Recreation Area

Climbing Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Roped Travel and Crevasse Rescue practice on real snow. It will be a one day
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jun 3, 2023 - Sun, Jun 4, 2023
No Prerequisites
5 participants 6 instructors
Registration closes Jun 1
Foothills Branch

Seattle MAC - Snow 2 Field Trip - 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 3, 2023 - Sun, Jun 4, 2023
Prerequisites
24 participants 7 instructors
Registration opens May 1; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
Carl Marrs
Qualified Youth Leader

WCR - Experience Trip - Mount Baker Recreation Area: Easton Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Winter Mountaineering & Advanced Crevasse Rescue
Experience trip - Student Planned and Lead
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jun 10, 2023 - Sun, Jun 11, 2023
No Prerequisites
2 participants 2 instructors
Registration closes Jun 8
Foothills Branch

Field Trip - Snow 3 - Mount Baker Recreation Area

Climbing Lecture: Basic Alpine Climbing Course
Experience Trip/Climb
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jun 17, 2023 - Sun, Jun 18, 2023
No Prerequisites
5 participants 10 instructors
Registration closes Jun 15
Foothills 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 17, 2023 - Sun, Jun 18, 2023
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
13 participants
Registration closes Jun 15
Everett Branch

Intermediate Crevasse Rescue - Mount Baker Recreation Area

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Intermediate Crevasse Rescue
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Aug 26, 2023 - Sun, Aug 27, 2023
No Prerequisites
3 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Aug 24
Bellingham Branch
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  • Mount Baker Recreation Area: Easton Glacier
  • Mount Baker Recreation Area: Squak Glacier
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