Hiking Mt. Baker & the North Cascades

Selected Walks & Hikes around Koma Kulshan (Mt. Baker) & the North Cascades

This is not your typical hiking guide. In addition to providing you with all the information you need to navigate the trails, this book focuses on the inspiring beauty to be found on these extraordinary footpaths around Mt. Baker (and the surrounding area). Lavishly illustrated with almost 200 beautiful photographs (and detailed small-scale topographic maps), each hike is presented with an eye toward the exceptional scenic splendor of these carefully selected destinations, allowing you to maximize your aesthetic experience in these glorious mountains.

More than a book to tell you how to get to these spectacular destinations, this book tells you why to go.

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About the Book

More than five years in the writing (and 40 years of hiking), Hiking Mt. Baker & the North Cascades is the definitive guide for hikers (and walkers) who want to maximize their aesthetic experience in these beautiful mountains located in northern Washington.

Each trail is described both in terms of practical considerations and logistics and with an eye toward helping hikers discover the wild splendor that makes these mountains among the world’s most spectacular hiking destinations. Specific information regarding scenic viewpoints, wildflower gardens,  glaciers, alpine lakes and tarns, waterfalls, autumn color hotspots, unique flora and fauna, dramatic geological features, and opportunities for solitude are all highlighted in the hike descriptions.

These trails range from short walks (and ADA accessible paths) to rigorous multi-day backpacking excursions, intentionally chosen to make exploring these beautiful mountains possible for everyone. Seasonal considerations are also highlighted, with some hikes selected for their early season melt-out (these mountains get a lot of snow in winter!) and others highlighted for their autumnal delights.


The Cascade Range extends for 1100 kilometers (700 miles) from Northern California to Southern British Columbia. In that vast expanse, one could fill several lifetimes with grand explorations. The northern reaches of the range—the North Cascades—take the drama up a notch, offering some of North America’s most spectacular hiking and exquisite mountain scenery with more peaks that rise 900 meters (3,000 feet) in the last horizontal mile to their summits than any other range on Earth.

And the trails around Mt. Baker are some of the finest in the North Cascades, providing access from the road system that climbs the river valleys, allowing hikers to readily reach the alpine without undue huffing and puffing. Unlike the nearby Coast Range of British Columbia or the mountains of Alaska, elevation gain is mostly moderate. A variety of routes fan out from the Mt Baker Highway/SR-542 and the Baker Lake Road (accessed via the North Cascades Highway/SR-20) to scenes of awe-inspiring mountain splendor, making high country bliss easily obtainable.

And Mt. Baker itself is one of the most impressive volcanic peaks in North America, home to 10 glaciers. With the exception of Mt. Rainier, Baker has more ice than all of the other Cascades volcanoes combined.

About the Author

John D’Onofrio is a writer and photographer who has spent 40 years exploring the Mt. Baker area and the North Cascades.

He is the co-author (with Todd Warger) of Images of America: Mt. Baker (Arcadia Publishing). His essays on wilderness travel have been published in Foghorn, Trail Runner, Washington Trails, Cascadia Weekly, NW Runner, Northwest Men’s Magazine, and many other publications.

His photography has been exhibited throughout the United States and has been published in National Geographic Adventure and Outdoor Photography, featured on the NBC and ABC television networks, and utilized by the U.S. Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, The North Cascades Institute, Defenders of Wildlife, and the National Parks Foundation. His work is highlighted in several books, including The Salish Sea (Cloud Ridge Publishing) and The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby (Braided River Press).

His film, Cascadia Dreams, a collaboration with Native American Flute Master Gary Stroutsos and photographer Lance Ekhart was released in 2018.

A resident of Bellingham, WA, he has published and edited Adventures Northwest Magazine since 2012. He leads photography workshops across North America and Alaska.