The Easton Glacier route requires navigating crevassed glaciers, and a steep headwall to reach the summit. It’s a great climb for folks who enjoy traveling in big glacier country on one of the snowiest mountains in the lower 48. It’s also a great trip to build your skills on glaciers, including crevasse rescue fundamentals. And it’s a great stepping stone to Mount Rainier.
For this climb we will start out hiking along the Park Butte trail as we climb up towards the end of the Easton Glacier. The first day will total about 3000 feet of elevation gain in about five miles. We will be up and moving before the sun comes up, setting out from camp as we climb the Easton Glacier, pass the Sherman Crater vents and eventually onto the summit of Mt. Baker. Our descent will follow our line of ascent, heading back to the comfort of Sandy Camp. On the third day, we break camp and hike back out to the trail head.