Mount Baker Recreation Area (Easton Glacier)

A mutli-use area on the south flank of Mount Baker. Much of the Easton Glacier lies within this area. 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

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



Basic Mountaineering Snow 2 Field Trip - Mount Baker Recreation Area (Easton Glacier)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Mountaineering Snow 2 FT
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, May 25, 2019 - Sun, May 26, 2019
No Prerequisites
8 participants 6 instructors
Registration closes May 23
Kitsap Branch

Crevasse Rescue Field Trip - Mount Baker Recreation Area (Easton Glacier)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Crevasse Rescue FT-
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jun 1, 2019 - Sun, Jun 2, 2019
No Prerequisites
28 participants 3 instructors on waitlist
Registration closes May 30
Olympia Branch

Basic Climbing - Snow 2 Field Trip - Mount Baker Recreation Area (Easton Glacier)

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic Climbing Course Snow 2 FT (Easton Glacier)
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jun 1, 2019 - Sun, Jun 2, 2019
Prerequisites
36 participants 3 instructors on waitlist
Registration closes Jun 1
Everett Branch

Adventure Club - Snow Skills and Self-Arrest Field Trip - Mount Baker Recreation Area (Easton Glacier)

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
This will be a continuation and expansion on the stuff learned at the first snow
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Fri, Jun 14, 2019 - Sun, Jun 16, 2019
Prerequisites
9 participants 1 instructor 1 chaperone
Registration closes Jun 20
Seattle Branch
Carl Marrs
Qualified Youth Leader

Intermediate Glacier Climbing Field Trip - Mount Baker Recreation Area (Easton Glacier)

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Glacier Climbing
Intermediate Glacier Climbing - Everett
Difficulty: Basic Glacier Climb
Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Prerequisites
11 participants 6 instructors
Registration closes Jun 20
Everett Branch
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