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Mount Baker Wilderness

Posted on Jun 4, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

ABOUT 
Protecting 119,966 acres, thirteen glaciers covering more than 16 square miles have shaped this landscape dotted with lakes and tarns surrounded by vast alpine meadows and rocky peaks. Mount Baker, an active volcano and the Wilderness’s namesake, stands at 10,778 feet, making it the fourth-highest summit in the state. Dominated by ridges of jagged stone dissected by a web of icy rivers and streams that comprise the Nooksack and Skagit river systems, the Mount Baker Wilderness protects critical freshwater sources for the Puget Sound.  
 
HOW IT WAS PROTECTED 
The Mount Baker Wilderness was protected in 1984 by the Washington State Wilderness Act. Washington Wild was founded in 1979 with the goal of building a local grassroots movement to protect Wilderness areas throughout Washington. After five years of advocacy and organizing, the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 marked the organization’s first major victory. 

EXPLORE 
Yellow Aster Butte Trail 

Artist Point Trail

Mount Baker Ski Area