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).
  • The 2021 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

IGT - Field Trip - Mount Baker Recreation Area: Easton Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Glacier Travel
Field trip to put together and practice the individual skills learned
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, May 15, 2021 - Sun, May 16, 2021
No Prerequisites
6 participants 5 instructors
Registration opens Nov 6; Instructor registration open now
Foothills 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
12 participants 11 instructors
Registration opens Nov 1; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch

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

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Olympia Basic Climbing Course - Crevasse Rescue
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, May 29, 2021 - Sun, May 30, 2021
No Prerequisites
16 participants 12 instructors
Registration closes Jan 31
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 5, 2021 - Sun, Jun 6, 2021
Prerequisites
13 participants
Registration closes Jun 3
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 12, 2021 - Sun, Jun 13, 2021
No Prerequisites
15 participants 4 instructors
Registration opens Jan 20; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
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  • Mount Baker Recreation Area: Easton Glacier
  • Mount Baker Recreation Area: Squak Glacier
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