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How to Get to Mount Baker in Washington State

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

Mt Baker is a popular ski area in Northwest Washington State and the closest major town is Bellingham, Washington. The Mount Baker Ski Area has 8 quads chairs and 2 handle tows and is suitable for all levels of skiers with:

31% Expert Terrain

45% Intermediate Terrain

24% Beginner Terrain

Things You Will Need

Getting to Mt Baker is not hard, you just need to follow the right roads and have reliable transportation.

The drive to Mount Baker is amazing in winter or summer as the road winds up the Nooksack River Valley and into the mountain range. If you are coming from outside Western Washington or the Lower Mainland of BC the best airports to use to get to Mount Baker from out of state are Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEATAC) or the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in British Columbia. Alternatively Frontier and Allegent fly into the much smaller Bellingham International Airport.

From any of the three airports (YVR, SEATAC, or Bellingham) follow I-5 to the center of Bellingham Exit 255. From Vancouver this will take about an hour of driving. From Seattle expect about 1.5 hours. From Bellingham Airport go south about 5 minutes to Exit 255.

Exit 255 is the start of State Route 542 East toward Mount Baker. Simply follow State Route 542 approximately 56 miles / 1.25 hours to the Mt Baker Ski Hill. The eastern portion of the road to Mount Baker has limited services and if going in winter prepare for winter driving conditions at higher elevations.

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An alternative to driving, you can try the Cascade Adventure's Baker Bus. The Cascade Adventures Baker Bus serves Kendall, Maple Falls and Glacier plus up to the ski hill every day of the ski area operates. The bus also serves Bellingham on weekends and holidays only. Bus service to the ski hill is first come first serve and is reasonably priced for round trip tickets. Many of the workers on the ski hill use the ski bus.

Tips & Warnings

Buy gas in Belligham, Washington as the road is long and there are limited services up the highway to Mt Baker. Enjoy the amazing scenery as you drive up this scenic highway.

While in Northwest Washington visiting Mountians, you may also want to visit Point Roberts Washingon, the most Northwest portion of the 48 states. It is a unique exclave of the US only accessable by land through Canada. To get to Point Roberts, Washington requires driving North through the Peace Arch crossing, through Surrey and Delta BC and than south through the Point Roberts crossing.

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