Elevation

10,781 ft / 3,286 m

Prominence

8,812 ft / 2,685 m

Range

Cascade

Summits

87 summits

Top climbing months

July   34%

June   29%

May   13%

Most climbed route

Coleman-Deming

Highlights

  • One of the 5 main volcanic peaks in the Washington Cascades and the 2nd most active crater after Mt. St. Helens
  • 2nd most glaciated Cascade volcano after Mt. Rainier with .43 cu miles of ice and snow
  • Known for its ridiculous amounts of snow, Mt. Baker Ski Area lies 9 miles northeast of the summit. In 1999 it set the world record snowfall in a single season at 1,140 in / 2,900 cm.
  • The Coleman-Deming route is the most popular. Requires glacier travel and potential crevasse navigation; usually attempted May-Aug due to better weather and low avalanche conditions.
  • Has 3 sub-summits: Sherman Peak and the Black Buttes (Colfax Peak and Lincoln Peak). The main peak of Mount Baker is called Grant Peak.
"A fast and light attempt up the Colman Demming route. Started at the trailhead about 10PM, hikes the Heliotrop Ridge in the dark to the tongue of the glacier about 6000 feet. Ran out of gas about 8500 feet and turned back with another party from Mountain Madness. My climbing partner "Little Unkle" made it. Will attenpt again on a 2-3 day trip. 7500 feet climbing a day is a bit beyond my current abilities (with return trip down)." - markhadland, Jul 15, 2018
"We went up the Coleman-Deming route, starting leisurely on Saturday around 10 AM. We roped up at the top of the Hogsback, at the toe of the glacier. Snow was very soft. We put crampons on, but in retrospect, they weren't helpful. We camped at around 6800 feet, not at the Heliotrope Ridge camp (which was unnecessarily high and out of the way) or at the Black Butte High Camp (which had rock fall and, as far as we could tell, no running water). We had running water, but needed to shovel platforms. Because of the very hot day and soft snow, we got up 11 PM and departed at midnight. We reached th" - mathiasricken, Jul 15, 2018
"Climbed Coleman-Deming Sunday June 8th, car to car. Great weather window and the glacier is in great shape. Several routes/tracks through the lower glacier since most of the crevasses are still covered so there is still a pretty direct route up without too much meandering. Pumice Ridge is mostly covered and one can almost entirely avoid the rocks. Saw some skiing Roman Wall and the glacier down low. Nice too skip the setting up/breaking down camp and carrying a big pack!" - BryHong8, Jul 9, 2018
"We headed up to the upper camp and stayed there the night. A brief storm that evening, but a beautifull sunset. Woke up at 1:30am. Geared up and joined the stream of hikers heading for the peak. Summited shortly after sunrise. Windy and cold at the top, but the view was fantastic. The snow condition was great too. We left the peak around 7am and after packing up camp and lots of glissading, we reached the car by 11am." - PabloBruneau, Jun 17, 2018
"Another attempt of Mount Baker in challenging conditions. Almost identical to last year with rain and high winds, however being late July the air was warm and humid, and despite getting absolutely drenched, we didn't really get cold, which is the only reason we were able to make it. Half the parties camped at the Hogsback and higher didn't even make the attempt. Some others left really early (1 - 2 am - not sure why in those conditions) and turned back - we ran into them coming down as we were heading up at 4:30 am. Luckily the route was easy to follow in such low visibility. Some cre" - BryHong8, Jul 22, 2017

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