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3-day Mount Baker Traverse: Heliotrope Ridge Trailhead and Coleman Glacier to the summit (North Side)


Join an AMGA-certified mountain guide for this incredibly scenic but challenging 3-day mountaineering traverse of Mount Baker. Beginning from the northern slopes of the peak, climb to the summit of the fifth highest peak in the Cascade Range before descending down the south side of this iconic mountain.

Private and Group

Cascade Range

3 Days





  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of Mount Baker.
  • Get the chance to climb along both sides of this iconic Cascade Peak.
  • Camp on the pristine cradle in between Colfax Peak and Mount Baker.


Rising to 10,781 feet in elevation, Mount Baker casts an imposing shadow over its northern Washington surroundings.

Mount Baker is the third tallest mountain in Washington and the fifth tallest in the Cascade Range. Making the traverse from the north side to the summit and back down the south side in a single climbing expedition is a coveted opportunity for enthusiastic mountaineers.

After meeting up in Sedro Woolley and discussing the trip itinerary, we will make the two hour drive to the Heliotrope Ridge trailhead at 3,500 feet.

The adventure begins with a three to four hour hike to the Hogsback moraine, near the toe of the Coleman Glacier. If the weather is particularly good, we may be able to ascend an additional 1,00o feet to Black Buttes.

The following day, we will undertake a moderate ascent through snowfields to the Colfax Col in between Colfax Peak and Mount Baker. Depending on weather conditions, we may even be able to make it to the plateau summit of Mount Baker and climb below Sherman Ridge to camp.

If we haven't already done so, then the following day is summit day. Getting an early start, we will ascend the final Roman Wall up to the summit, which takes about three or four hours.

After enjoying the phenomenal views from the top, we will descend down the south side of the mountain, taking the Easton Glacier route and hiking on to the Schreibers Meadow trailhead.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for this unforgettable 3-day mountaineering traverse of Mount Baker in wondrous Washington state!

If you like the look of this trip then we think you may also enjoy our 3-day ascent of Forbidden Peak in the Boston Basin of North Cascades National Park!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Permit and entrance fees

- Rope

- Harness

- Helmet

- Crampons

- Mountaineering boots

- Ice axe

- Belay and rappel devices

- Quickdraws

Price details

*Please keep in mind that the full balance of this trip must be paid upfront.

**Price includes a non-refundable reservation fee of 250 USD.

***Partial refund of the balance up to 90 days in advance.


More info

Please contact us to receive a complete equipment checklist.

Meeting point

Sedro Woolley, WA

Equipment you will need to bring



Watter bottle

About the guide

Celebrating 40 years of adventures in the Pacific Northwest and worldwide, NW Mountain Guides is one of the most experienced and refined companies on the planet.

We offer private climbs of the classic mountains in the Pacific NW, including Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan and Mount Olympus.

Internationally, we offer trekking and climbing in Mexico, Nepal, Argentina and Africa.


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Sedro-Woolley, WA, USA

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