Page Contributor(s): Bruce Hamilton, La Quinta, CA; Stacy Topping, Tacoma, WA.
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Cycling Mt. Baker
Ride 24 miles gaining 4,679’ at 3.3% average grade.
Photo: Stacy Topping one mile up, 24 to go!
This scenic northern Washington bike climb begins in Glacier, WA (population 211 in 2010) by riding east on Highway 542. Glacier is the community closest to Mt. Baker, the northernmost mountain of the Cascade volcanoes, which stretch as far south as Lassen Peak in northern California and also include Mt. Shasta, Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier. Mt. Baker is 10,781’ and was first summitted by Edmund Coleman on August 17, 1868.
Mount Baker as seen from the Salish Sea near Port Angeles, WA (on our Hurricane Ridge cycling trip).
While the average grade of the Mt. Baker climb is only 3.3%, the steepest mile begins at mile 1.4 (9%) and the steepest five mile stretch begins at mile 12.7 and continues almost to the top, averaging 6.2%.
Excellent views of Mt. Shuksan (9,131’) along the climb -- here at mile 19.
“The Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is one of the most visited forests in the country. Located on the west side of the Cascades between the Canadian border and Mt. Rainier National Park, you will find glacier-covered peaks, spectacular mountain meadows and old-growth forests rich in history and outdoor opportunities.” fs.usda.gov
Pond at the Chain Lakes Trailhead -- mile 22.
Climb ends at Artist Point -- Mt. Baker in the background (peak 10,781’’).
Southwestern view from Artist Point of Mt. Baker.
Thank you Bruce Hamilton and Stacy Topping!!