Mountain Glaciers and Meadows

On this 4-day trip specifically for female and non-binary identifying participants, get to know the beautiful alpine environments of Mount Baker, also known by its Indigenous name, Kulshan. On the first day, we’ll hike to our base camp in a stunning heather meadow. Then, over the next two days, we’ll set out on day hikes to some of the iconic features on this part of the mountain.

See below for the planned trip itinerary:

Day 1: Meet at Park Butte Trailhead (assistance getting to the trailhead from Bellingham or Mount Vernon is available). Hike from the trailhead to Mazama Park to set up camp. Total mileage: Approximately 3.5

Day 2: We’ll start the day with a facilitated discussion in the morning, then set out from camp on a day hike to the Park Butte Fire Lookout. Be prepared to scramble up some steep slopes as we follow the trail through heather meadows with views of alpine lakes below. After returning to camp we’ll have some rest time, then re-assemble for another facilitated activity or two in the late afternoon. Total mileage: 3-4 (depends on if we make optional side trips)

Day 3: Get ready to set out from camp again on a hike up the Railroad Grade Trail to the base of the mountain’s Easton Glacier. After taking in the stunning views of alpine environments, we’ll pause at the glacier for a conversation about impacts of climate change in the Pacific Northwest. Total mileage: 4.5

Day 4: We’ll break camp one last time and hike back to Park Butte Trailhead, where transportation back to Mount Vernon or Bellingham is available for those who request it. Total mileage: Approximately 3.5

Apply to join the trip here!