Mt. Baker North Ridge

Dan Kay
3 min readJun 3, 2023
Glaciated mountain at golden hour, shot from near the summit looking down. A boot track is visible in the snow, descending down and out of sight in a long curving fashion. The sky is clear and the sun is approaching the horizon, casting all in a golden light

Mount Baker is the third-highest mountain in Washington, with an elevation of 10,781 feet (3,287 meters). It’s also a stratovolacano and the second most-glaciated peak in the lower 48 US states (behind nearby Mount Rainier).

These photos were taken during an ascent of the North Ridge route on Mount Baker this past Memorial Day weekend (May 27–29, 2023).

Let us celebrate the return of full-bleed images on Medium with some beautiful mountain imagery! But first, a few quick words on the logistics:

Road damage before the Mount Baker Trailhead.

Mount Baker North Ridge

Difficulty: One pitch of AI2/AI3, glacier travel
Approach: The road is currently (summer 2023) washed out 4.5 miles short of the trailhead, so climbers must tackle an additional 4.5 miles and 1,800 feet of elevation gain each way.
Experience Level: Intermediate
GPX Track: Our track on Gaia
Climbers: Mark Hensley, Isaac Boger, Meg Kies, Dan Kay
More Info: The Mountaineers, SummitPost



Dan Kay

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