|August 11 photo of crevasse at approximately 9000 feet.|
The best alternatives to the Coleman-Deming Route are the Easton Glacier or Squak Glacier. According to recent reports from professional guides, these two routes can still be navigated by skilled mountaineers. However, all routes on Mount Baker are in late-season condition, meaning they are more challenging and complex than usual. Expect to find sections of hard blue ice and large crevasses. Many snow bridges will be melted away and safe travel may require a higher degree of technical skill than most people anticipate when visiting Mount Baker. Be sure to carry and know how to use ice screws, pickets, and other forms of protection. If these tools and skills are new to you, consider visiting a different mountain and saving your ascent of Mount Baker for a time when the routes are in better shape.