Climb begins and ends in Mount Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest
Plan to arrive the day before the climb begins.
Day 1 • Hike to High Camp
Meet in Sedro Woolley, WA.
Northwest Alpine Guides will provide you with a detailed PreClimb departure book upon registration including personal gear list, meeting location and driving directions.
Our alpine guides will meet you for team introductions, gear check, and group gear distribution. The drive to Schreibers Meadow trailhead at 3,400 feet takes approximately one hour. The drive to Heliotrope Ridge trailhead at 3,500 feet takes approximately two hours.
The hike to high camp takes 4 to 5 hours. The team will set camp between 5,600 – 6,200 feet depending on the season.
A one hour skills refresh will be taught after arriving at high camp. Each team member will be assessed throughout the mountaineering instruction. You will need to demonstrate adequate fitness and proficiency in climbing skills as your safely is our priority.
We return to camp and prepare for our summit bid. The team enjoys dinner and early to bed for the next day’s climb.
Accommodations: Tented Camp
Day 2 • Summit Day • Mount Baker • 10,781 feet
Our summit day starts early with a pre-dawn alpine start. From high camp, we climb moderate snowfields to the saddle between Sherman Crater at 9600 feet or Colfax Peak at 9000 feet depending on the route we choose. From here, it takes between one to two hours to reach the top. Both routes ascend the final Roman Wall steeply to Mount Baker’s expansive summit.
After enjoying summit views from Mount Baker’s highest point and celebrating our success we descend the route to high camp. We pack our gear and retrace the hike back to the trailhead.
We usually arrive back to the trailhead by mid-afternoon and conclude our adventure in Sedro Woolley.
Plan to depart the day after the climb ends.
NW Alpine Guides makes every effort to uphold the scheduled itinerary, although our guides are given discretion to adapt the itinerary for reasons beyond our control or due to the needs of the group. Meal schedule: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner