Welcome to Mt Baker Area
Of all Washington's snowcapped volcanoes, Baker is possibly the most majestic, a massive icy dome that towers over the US–Canada border and is clearly visible everywhere from Vancouver, BC, to Seattle. Legendary among snowboarders and hikers, Baker has been revered by the indigenous people of Puget Sound for millennia. The Coast Salish called it Koma Kulshan (White Sentinel), while the mountain's modern name comes from Captain George Vancouver's third lieutenant, Joseph Baker, who was allegedly the first European to spot it, in 1792. Though over 3000ft lower than Mt Rainier, Baker is a more volcanically active and snowier peak; the mountain actually holds the world record for snow in a single season (1140in in 1998–99).
Baker was first ascended by an Englishman, Edmund Coleman, in 1868. The modern route, though more straightforward than the route to Rainier's summit, requires travel across one of the mountain's 10 permanent glaciers.