FATMAP by Strava
Bootpacking up the Roman Headwall with the Easton Glacier below

Ski Tour Washington's Legendary Mount Baker

Explore one of the PNW's most famous ski touring destinations and climb its most famous peaks!

Ski Touring Moderate, Difficult, Severe

Bootpacking up the Roman Headwall with the Easton Glacier below
Bootpacking up the Roman Headwall with the Easton Glacier below Photo: Kyle Miller


The third-highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth-highest in the great state of Washington, Mount Baker's prominence compared to the mountains around it makes it a spectacular and famous summit. The mountain can be seen from parts of British Columbia and all across northwest Washington, so climbing it provides some decent kudos! The mountain is one of the youngest volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest and is believed to "only" be 100,000 years old, which makes it a toddler by geological standards!

In this guidebook, you'll find no less than four routes to the summit, including the classic Easton and Squak Glacier routes on the south face, the popular Coleman Glacier route and the huge Watson Traverse, which leads from Mount Baker's summit to its eponymous ski resort. The summit is as stunning and wild as you would expect and can only be reached (from any direction) with a serious amount of effort, making it all the sweeter.

Elsewhere in here, you'll find multiple routes to Baker's neighbor, Mount Shuksan, including the epic 2-day Nooksack traverse, and the highly sought-after Northwest couloir of Shuksan. Were it not for Mount Baker being right next door, Shuksan would be -deservedly - even more famous than it already is amongst ski mountaineers. With Mount Baker ski resort - somewhat confusingly - sitting right at the foot of Mount Shuksan, the mountain is easy to access and provides some exceptional ski adventures.

The routes in here were written by Kyle Miller, one of the most experienced and accomplished ski mountaineers in Washington, so you can be sure that they are the best that the area has to offer. Kyle did every single one of them while researching these routes, and you can feel his passion for the Cascades in the descriptions. Do a few of these tours and you'll understand why he's so psyched on them!

Routes included

Related guidebooks