Mount Baker North Ridge 

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Crux pitch on Mt. Baker's Classic North Ridge Route, Adam Butterfield photo

Mountain: Mt. Baker - 10,781'

Route: North Ridge
  • (Grade III, 70+ degree ice)

2022 North Ridge Dates:
  • Only Custom Dates Available. Road Damage on the North side of Baker will keep access limited to the South for 2022, which will generally add at least 1-day to all North Ridge Climbs.

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Custom 3-Day Program Cost
  • $1500 each w/ 2 climbers

Custom 2-Day Program Cost
  • $1000 each w/ 2 climbers

Cost Includes
Guide fee, guide's expenses, group climbing equipment and camping gear.
Cost Does Not Include
Transportation to/from the course area, personal food, personal climbing equipment, trailhead parking pass fees.

Client to Guide Ratio: Up to 2:1

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The Route 

If you have time to sample one alpine route in Washington we might recommend the North Ridge. The North Ridge of Mt. Baker is a very achievable and iconic NW climbing route. Given the quality of the climbing, this is one of our most popular 2-day alpine ice climbs. Overall the route is moderate in nature with a few steep sections up to 70 degrees to keep things spicy. Baker's North Ridge is shares the same trail head as the Coleman-Deming route, which serves as the descent route for the North Ridge.

We like to think of the North Ridge as a shorter version of Mt. Rainier's Liberty Ridge, and a very good addition to a resume that claims other routes like the North Ridge of Mt. Stuart, the North Face of Mt. Buckner, and the North Ridge of Forbidden Peak}.


Baker North Ridge Day 1: 9 am group orientation and introductions at the USFS ranger station in Glacier, WA. Prior to the trip you will be contacted by our office to make sure you have all the gear you need and to arrange rental of the items you do not own or want to buy. For this route it is imperative that you bring lightweight gear that is sufficient for the climb. At this morning meeting we will conduct a thorough equipment check, distribute group gear, get organized for the hike in.

We hike in to around 6700' and get setup for an early wake up to traverse to the base of the North Ridge. This trip in usually takes around 4+ hours. On the evening before the climb we will eat a big dinner, and be sure to get to bed early for our pre-dawn start.

Baker North Ridge Day 2: Up early, we must first negotiate the often very broken Coleman Glacier to the base of the route at 7,800' We will often have scouted and marked this route the night before in order to speed our approach in the morning. The route tends to slowly get steeper and more complicated as the season progresses.

Once on route, things remain fairly low-angle before reaching the crest of the North Ridge at around 8,800. From here the route narrows and steepens before eventually gaining a 1-2 pitch section of steeper ice leading to the magnificent 50 degree slopes that lead to the summit. After descending to camp in the early afternoon we then hike back to the trailhead.

Qualifications for climbing Mt. Baker's North Ridge 

In order to join our North Ridge of Mt. Baker climb you need to have suitable ice climbing skills, including comfort climbing steadily and efficiently for up to 12 pitches of 45-50 water ice with short steps of steeper ice. If you would like to polish your ice climbing skills, we can often schedule a day of ice climbing on the lower Coleman Glacier prior to your climb. You should also be familiar with belaying, removing ice screws and pickets, and have solid rope travel skills.

Other routes we guide on Mt. Baker 

Custom Climbs of the North Ridge 

This route can easily be guided 2:1, but many of our customers opt to do it 1:1. If you would like to do a custom climb, give the office a call at 509-548-5823 to check on guide availability and book your trip. Customs are also a nice option if you want to link to another route such as Shuksan or something nearby in the North Cascades.

Good sources of Beta on the North Ridge of Baker 

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