Mt Baker Circumnavigation - 10,187' / 3286m
5 days, June-August
Like its brother Mt Rainier, Mt Baker is completely surrounded by extensive glaciers, requiring at least basic mountaineering skills to reach the summit by any route. Mt Baker also has technical routes that pose great challenges for intermediate and advanced climbers. But unlike its southern neighbor, Mt Baker doesn't have the crowds or the administrative and permit hassle. The circumnavigation of Mt Baker is features full days, extensive glacier travel, and a remarkably unique perspective on the mountain.
This tour is also available earlier in the year as a ski tour. Check out my ski itineraries here: LINK.
Mt Baker Circumnavigation
This is a unique alpine tour and summit of Mt Baker. Starting from the northwest side of the mountain, we'll travel counter-clockwise crossing the Coleman, Deming, Easton, Squak, Talum, Boulder, Park, Mazama, and Roosevelt Glaciers before returning to the Coleman Glacier and following the trail back to the car. Along the way we'll climb Mt Baker via the Boulder-Park Cleaver and possibly climb Colfax and Hadley Peaks. This tour and climb is physically demanding and technically intermediate with extensive glacier travel and packs weighing 45-55 pounds. 5 days, 3:1 maximum.
Day 1: After meeting in Glacier, Washington we'll drive to the trailhead, hike to Heliotrope Ridge, then cross the Coleman Glacier to the Coleman-Deming Saddle. Expect 6-8 hours of movement.
Day 2: In the morning we'll climb Colfax Peak, then follow a descending traverse eastwards to the Squak Glacier, crossing the Deming and Easton Glaciers enroute. We'll take advantage of any free time with crevasse rescue practice.
Day 3: A relatively short day crossing the Squak, Talum and Boston Glaciers to a camp at the toe of the Boston-Park Cleaver. We may also climb to the third-highest summit of Mt Baker, Sherman Peak.
Day 4: Climb Mt Baker via the Boulder-Park Cleaver or the Boulder Glacier, then descend the Cockscomb Ridge to camp on the Park Glacier. This is a big day with full packs being carried up and over the summit!
Day 5: A full day exiting - first crossing through Hadley Col before traversing the Roosevelt and Coleman Glaciers, finally catching the Heliotrope Ridge trail and returning to the cars. Dinner at Graham's!
Private dates are available June-August.
I'm able to offer these trips in cooperation with Pro Guiding Service.