After a great summer on Mount Baker, the days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing color, and the climbing season is winding down. The mountain recently received a fresh dusting of snow and more precipitation is in the forecast. The climbing rangers removed seasonal bridges from the Scott Paul and Park Butte trails, and have completed final cleanups of many camps. Please do your part by picking up any trash you see on the trails, at trailheads, or in wilderness areas. Help us get the place clean before the snow covers everything for the next 6 months.
If you are planning to visit the Mount Baker area in winter, here are some important things to keep in mind:
- Always check the most recent avalanche forecast at NWAC before traveling in backcountry terrain.
- Bring the ten essentials, plus avalanche gear (beacon, probe, shovel), on all your trips into the backcountry.
- Be prepared for quick and unexpected changes in weather.
- Be prepared to navigate in low visibility conditions.
- Pack out all human waste and garbage! Do not bury waste in the snow. Dark waste buried in white snow will quickly melt out and eventually filter into our water sources. Bring blue bags on every ski, snowboard, snowmobile, and snowshoe adventure.
- Please do not ride snowmobiles in designated wilderness areas. Native wildlife has a hard enough time surviving in winter without the presence of humans and machines. Respect the boundaries.
Thanks for another wonderful summer on Mount Baker! Have a fun winter and see you next year!