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Mt Baker – Travel Info and Logistics

Getting to Mt. Baker / Glacier, WA

Two airports serve the North Cascades:  Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) and Bellingham (BLI).

Plan on two to three hours of driving time from Seattle to Glacier, WA, depending on traffic.

From Bellingham you should plan on at least a 45 minute drive to reach the town of Glacier. The Douglas Fir Campground is an additional 7-10 minutes from Glacier.

Car Rentals:

A number of rental car services are available on site at each airport. This is a busy time of year in the NW so we recommend renting a car in advance. We can put you in touch with other participants to coordinate sharing of a rental car. Please let us know if you wold like this information.

Mt Baker Driving Directions:

  • I-5, EXIT 255 towards WA-542 E / Mt. Baker Highway 
  • Follow WA-542 E is the Mt. Baker Highway for 36 mi until you reach the town of Glacier, WA.  
  • Continue on WA-542 through the town of Glacier for another 2.5 miles, look for mile post 35.
  • The Douglas Fir Campground is located on the west side of the WA-542, just after crossing the North Fork Nooksack River near mile post 35.
  • Look for the Chicks banner at our campsite.

Food and Grocery Stores:

We recommend picking up groceries in Seattle or Bellingham.  Glacier has a small convenience store for last minute supplies but is extremely limited.

Gas Stations:

There is no gas station in Glacier.  Your last opportunity to fill up is in Maple Falls.

Gear and Supplies:

Both Bellingham and Seattle offer a number of specialty outdoor equipment stores for any climbing equipment you may need to purchase. Some options include REI in Seattle, Backcountry Essentials and The American Alpine Institute Equipment Shop in Bellingham.

Demo Equipment:

Our sponsors may be able to provide harnesses, helmets, crampons, ice axes and boots. If you anticipate the need for any demo equipment we will need a minimum of four weeks notice. Please contact us at with the details of your request including your size (boots, helmet, harnesses).


Cascade Alpine Guide by Fred Beckey

Selected Climbs in the Cascades by Nelson & Potterfield

Additional Mt Baker websites:  

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