The North Ridge of Mount Baker is a stunning and aesthetic arête between the Coleman Headwall and the Roosevelt Glacier. The route is elegant and exposed, characterized by steep snow and a technical ice cliff at 9500 feet. Above, large seracs guard the summit plateau. Approaching the North Ridge is half the adventure as well, and involves complex route finding around massive crevasses on the Coleman Glacier.

Baker Mountain Guides proudly offers an exceptional experience on the North Ridge of Mount Baker. Our intimate local knowledge of the route and current conditions allows us to confidently craft custom adventures for our clientele.


Baker Mountain Guides offers custom ascents of the North Ridge. We recommend a three-day itinerary.

  • Day 1: Approach

    We’ll rendezvous at our office in Bellingham for orientation and gear check. Transportation will be provided to the Heliotrope Ridge Trailhead. We’ll follow the trail through temperate rainforest, and ascend the Hogsback Ridge to our camp at 6000 feet.

  • Day 2: Summit Day

    We’ll begin before dawn, and cross the Coleman Glacier to the base of the route. We’ll climb steep snow up the lower ridge, ascend the technical ice cliff, and continue to the summit. Our descent follows the Coleman Deming back to camp.

  • Day 3: Descent

    On our final day, we’ll wake at a reasonable hour and eat a hearty breakfast. Afterwards, we’ll pack up camp, and descend to the Heliotrope Ridge Trailhead.

Each Adventure is Unique

Featherweight Guarantee

Let’s face it: climbing and skiing are more fun without a massive pack. That’s why we strive to offer the lightest pack weight of any guide service. We plan meticulously, use quality equipment, and always share the load. Minimalism and teamwork are guiding values in our pursuit to craft authentic mountain adventures.

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