Mount Baker – Easton Glacier
Jul 8, 2017
Jul 9, 2017
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Jul 8, 2017

We got started late on this day, around 11 am, but we knew the trail to our camp for the night was not that long. So, we took it slow and enjoyed the first day out. The snow had melted far back by this point in the year, so we didn’t hit any on the trail until we were close to Railroad Grade. All said it only took us about three and a half hours to get to our campsite at the Easton Glacier’s Foot.

creek crossing on park butte trail
creek crossing low down
easton glacier seen from schreibers meadow
baker from schreibers meadow
railroad grade just below camp on mount baker
railroad grade

By the time we had gotten up to the ridge where the camps are at, we found a few left open. We settled for a nice flat spot with a good opportunity for anchoring in and set up our camp. The view was incredible. Looking south you can see all the way to Mt Rainier and into eastern Washington to the east.

tent siteat the foot of the easton glacier
tent site
setting up camp on mount baker
camp near the easton glacier
easton glacier seen from our camp
view of the easton glacier

This was by far one of my most favorite campsites ever. It was the perfect place to enjoy a bag meal while switching between the panoramas and staring at Mt Baker. All I could wonder is what the Easton Glacier held for the following day. There isn’t much to the first day. A simple hike and a romp up one of Baker’s glacial moraines. Have your camera ready and soak it all in. Day two is when the work begins.

waterboy on rail road grade at sunset
waterboy on railroad grade
glacier peak from our campsite on the easton glacier
glacier peak from camp
view from the door of our tent near sunset
view from our tent
Jul 9, 2017

Summit on Mt Baker day started off being woken up by climbers loudly asking each other, “do you think they’re in their tent?”. Strange way to address being so close to someone’s sleeping space but, hey, I needed to get up anyway. The sky was clear when we came out of our tent around 2 am, but the few clouds in the sky made for some excellent photos.

It was cold enough that Brandon and I both agreed an energy bar breakfast and some coffee would suffice. That way we could get going without standing still.

I could not take my eyes off the image of Mt Baker glowing in the moonlight.

trail of climbers ascending the easton glacier
trail of climbers headlamps
sunrise from the easton glacier
sunrise over the easton glacier

Even though we had a generous snow year, it was clear from the start that the Easton glacier was falling apart. There were small crevasses everywhere with larger ones (up to 8 foot wide) mixed in.

The climb itself from the end of the Railroad Grade (aka glacial moraine) is gradual and gentle at first. This was a nice change of pace from climbing other mountains like Shasta where it was straight up in the morning.

sunrise over the caldera on mount baker
sunrise over the crater
mount baker steam vents
steam vents
mount bakers caldera
mount bakers caldera
large crevasse on the easton glacier
large crevasse
sherman peak mount baker
sherman peak

To me the funnest part of the climb is the Roman Head-Wall. While it may only be a few hundred feet high, it is steep and can be nerve-wracking if you’re not used to it. In some spots I would estimate the snow and ice to be 45+ degrees right now, so this time of year it takes some step kicking. Other times of year I have heard and read that it is pretty well solid ice, and can get quite steep depending on snow conditions.

roman headwall on mount baker
roman headwall
view south from below mount bakers summit
view south from summit ridge
waterboy on the summit of mount baker
summit shot on baker
view west from mount bakers summit
view west from summit
view north from mount bakers summit
view north from the summit
view east from the summit of mount baker
view east from summit

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