Mt Baker - 10,187' / 3286m
Koma Kulshan Tour
5 or 6 days, May - June
NEW FOR 2016!
Like its brother Mt Rainier, Mt Baker is completely surrounded by extensive glaciers, requiring at least basic mountaineering skills to reach the summit by any route. Mt Baker also has technical routes that pose great challenges for intermediate and advanced skiers. But unlike its southern neighbor, Mt Baker doesn't have the crowds or the administrative and permit hassle. The circumnavigation of Mt Baker is features full days, extensive glacier travel, and a remarkably unique perspective on the mountain.
This tour is also available later in the year as a alpine climbing circumnavigation. Check out the climbing itinerary here: LINK.
Named Koma Kulshan by the local Lummi Nation, this is a unique ski tour of Mt Baker. Starting from the northwest side of the mountain, we'll travel counter-clockwise crossing the Coleman, Deming, Easton, Squak, Talum, Boulder, Park, Mazama, and Roosevelt Glaciers before returning to the Coleman Glacier and following the trail back to the car. Along the way we can make descents of Colfax Peak, the Sherman Summit of Mt Baker, and Mt Baker via the Boulder-Park Cleaver or the Park Headwall. This tour and climb is physically demanding and technically intermediate with extensive glacier travel and packs weighing aproximately 40 pounds. 5 days, 4:1 maximum.
Day 1: After meeting in Glacier, Washington we'll drive to the trailhead, hike or skin to Heliotrope Ridge, then cross the Coleman Glacier to the Coleman-Deming Saddle. Expect 6-8 hours of movement.
Day 2: Possibly climb Colfax Peak in the morning and descend the SW Couloir, before traversing across the Deming and Easton Glaciers to camp on the Squak Glacier near its terminus.
Day 3: Conditions permitting, we'll climb up the Squak Glacier to summit Sherman Peak, the south summit of Mt Baker. We'll descend the Squak and Boulder Glaciers to the toe of the Boulder-Park Cleaver.
Day 4: The high-point of the tour, both in climbing and ski descents. We'll climb Mt Baker via the Boulder-Park Cleaver or the Boulder Glacier, then descend the Cockscomb Ridge or the Park Headwall to camp on the Park Glacier.
Day 5: A full day exiting - first crossing through Hadley Col before traversing the Roosevelt and Coleman Glaciers, finally catching the Heliotrope Ridge trail and returning to the cars. Dinner at Graham's!
POSSIBLE Day 6: Early in the season, the road to Heliotrope Ridge may still be impassable. If that's the case, an option is to add a day and approach the tour from Mt Baker Ski Area and Heather Meadows. If this is the case, we'll likely have the mountain to ourselves for the whole trip!
Private dates are available June-August.
I offer these trips as a co-owner of the Certified Guides Cooperative.