Discover Just How Tall Mount Baker Really Is

Mount Baker and lighthouse in Port Townsend, Washington
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Written by Telea Dodge

Published: December 2, 2023

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Today, we travel to northern Washington to find the height of a very impressive mountain. Mount Baker, or Koma Kulshan, is an active stratovolcano that is covered in a glacier. The mountain is part of the North Cascades and lies in the Cascade Volcanic Arc. It is also one of the two snowiest places in the United States and averages 645 inches of snowfall per year. The question we are trying to answer today is simple. How tall is Mount Baker? In this article, we’ll reveal its elevation and prominence, along with sharing more interesting information about this beautiful peak.

How Tall Is Mount Baker?

Mount Baker, Washington

Mount Baker, Washington, is the third-highest mountain in the state.

Mount Baker rests at 10,786 feet above sea level. It has a prominence of 8,812 feet and is listed as North America’s 28th most prominent peak. It is also one of the ten highest peaks in the entire Cascade Range. This range spans several states and a portion of British Columbia in Canada. Let’s look at how Mount Baker stacks up against its fellow peaks.

Mount Rainier14,411 feet13,246 feet
Mount Shasta14,179 feet9,772 feet
Mount Adams12,281 feet8,116 feet
Mount Hood11,249 feet7,706 feet
Glacier Peak10,541 feet7,498 feet

Fast Facts

Dramatic Aerial Landscape View of the cloud covered mountains during a vibrant sunset. Artistic Render. Taken near Mount Baker, East of Vancouver and Seattle, Washington, United States.

Mount Baker is 10,786 feet above sea level.

Mount Baker is a very interesting stratovolcano for a number of reasons, and we wanted to share a few of those with you now. For example, the United States Geological Survey claims that it is the only mountain in the United States Cascade Range that has experienced both alpine and continental glaciation. Let’s look at a couple of other interesting facts.

  • Mount Baker is the northernmost volcano in the lower 48 United States.
  • The last time this stratovolcano erupted was 6,700 years ago.
  • Mount Baker is the youngest volcano in its volcanic field.
  • Home to twelve active glaciers.
  • Mount Baker is the record-holder for most snowfall in a singular season. From July 1st, 1998 to June 30th, 1999, the mountain received 1,140 inches of snow. That’s 95 feet of snow in one year!

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About the Author

Telea Dodge is an animal enthusiast and nature fiend with a particular interest in teaching a sense of community and compassion through interactions with the world at large. Carrying a passion for wild foraging, animal behaviorism, traveling, and music, Telea spends their free time practicing their hobbies while exploring with their companion dog, Spectre.

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