Wonderful Washington: Ski the iconic slopes at Mount Baker (PHOTOS)

Feb 5 2020, 11:55 am

For years, skiers and snowboarders alike have enjoyed Mt. Baker for the chill atmosphere and amazing powder.

Whether you’re a newbie, seasoned pro, or would rather snowshoe your way into the chalet, Mount Baker is a Washington staple that has to be visited at least once in a lifetime.

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from waparks.org and parks.wa.govAlways remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife — and please note that irresponsibly taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal

 

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Where is it? 

Mt. Baker is located on the west side of the Cascades between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier National Park. The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is in Whatcom County.

 

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How do you get there? 

Driving to Mount Baker from Seattle will take you around 2 hours and 30 minutes. From the I-5, take exit 236 Bow Hill Road. Turn right onto Bow Hill Road and continue on to Prairie Road. From there, turn left onto Upper Samish Road, left onto WA-9 North, right onto WA-542 East/Mt. Baker Highway for approximately 40 miles.

We suggest downloading an offline map as it’s possible that you may lose cellular service while driving through the trees.

What’s there?  

At the base of Mount Baker, you’ll see nothing but a big mountain and breathe in the fresh air. It’s when you start the climb up the ski lift where the magic begins.

The mountain always feels mellow and has enough room for snow enthusiasts of all levels. Don’t be shocked if you catch a pro filming tricks in the park, or a group shredding through the trees.

Baker is known for great backcountry skiing and fresh, powdery runs.

 

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