Mount Watson

Mount Watson is a 6 mile 2,000 feet of gain scramble on the east side of Baker Lake.

getting there

From SR 20, turn north onto Baker Lake Road (Forest Road 11). Just past the junction with Forest Road 12, turn right onto Forest Road 1106 and follow it around the south end of Baker Lake and then follow Forest Road 1107 to its end and the Anderson & Watson Lakes Trailhead.

approach & ascent

At a saddle approximately 1.4 miles on the Watson Lake Trail (No. 61), ascend south on a hiker's path following a ridge high above the Lower Anderson Lake. The path opens up into meadows leading to the Upper Anderson Lake with the Lower Watson Lake below to the northeast. Leave the Upper Anderson Lake in a northeast direction ascending a short wooded gully. Continue this direction to open moraine and heathered slopes to about 5,300 ft elevation. At approximately 5,400 ft elevation contour east 0.5 miles on glaciated rock and the Watson Glacier. Ascend south to the saddle that separates the east and west summits. The east is highest and is reached by traveling through thick alpine fir and a steep terraced slope on the southwest flank. Then crossing a steep gully rocky gully leading to the summit.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 4
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • 6,234 ft
  • Green Trails Lake Shannon No. 46
  • USGS Bacon Peak
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX
  • Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park

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