The trail is easy at the beginning. You will need some flip-flops to cross a river or two. It takes about 3.5 hours to get to the glacier/camp. It is best to attempt the glacier when it is its coldest, 1:00 am. Navigating the glacier during summer months can be tricky, as some snow bridges may be out.
Note, be prepared as winds can be strong and cold. Bring crampons and ice axe.
There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.
The trail is easy to find. Follow the signs to Mt. Baker. Once in the town of Glacier, buy your ?pass?. There is an information center just before the turn off.
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Posted By: jjnorm
- Fri May 13 19:15:47 UTC 2011
UpsideA great hike with unreal views. DownsideWeather! hitting Baker on a clear day is tough! CommentTrip report from a year ago ish, very wintery. <BR><BR>
Posted By: Bigtree
- Sat Dec 01 15:16:57 UTC 2007
CommentOriginal gps track didn't go to summit; current one that I uploaded as seen in topo map does.
Posted By: ChrisO
- Fri Sep 22 21:40:05 UTC 2006
CommentNew map and complete GPS (all the way to the peak) uploaded thanks to Shawn H.
Posted By: RobinAtkins
- Fri Jul 14 22:06:49 UTC 2006
CommentThe GPS track (Google Earth)doesn't go all the way to the peak, and one of the waypoints seems very mislabeled. if anyone else has them, could you please upload?
Posted By: wanderlust
- Sun Aug 21 04:37:55 UTC 2005
UpsideReally quality trail through the switchbacks - low road option for people who just want to gawk at the glacier - high road option for ridge junkies. DownsideSome river crossings can be tricky, especially in the summer, later in the day. CommentDon't be scared away by the extreme rating - a perfectly moderate hike until you hit glacier. I went mid-August and in 2 hours you are bouncing across the ridgetops with the Baker massif so close you could blow it kisses. A truly unique trip.
Posted By: trailpeak
- Tue Aug 05 20:16:24 UTC 2003
CommentThanks for the post "varhol", I remember this trail (just the trail portion), which is all woods and trail with some creek crossings, and getting to a ridge that overlooks the glacier. That is a hike just about anyone can do, in August of course. You seem to be describing glacier travel as well to a glacier camp, so, would you think this hike/climb be best described as two very different skill level hikes (one intermediate, one extreme), i.e. encourage average hikers to do 'heliotrope' trail, without glacier access, and, conversely, expert mountaineering types to do the glacier (complete with crampons and such). Great views, I remember the hiking trail portion and the proximate view to the glacier.