Mt. Baker rises majestically 10,778 feet above sea level in the center of Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest. It is Whatcom County’s single most spectacular attraction. Perpetually snow- capped and sporting several active glaciers, the mountain was dubbed “Komo Kulshan” or “white and shining” by early Indian tribes.
When Capt. George Vancouver sailed into Puget Sound in 1791, the active volcano on Mount Baker was spouting steam and smoke. Vancouver honored a junior officer of his fleet by naming the peak Mount Baker. Its adjacent peak, Mt. Shuksan (9,038 feet) is one of the most photographed peaks in the world. It towers above the ski and visitor area reached by Hwy. 542.
Maple Falls and Glacier nestled in the mountains at the edge of the Mt. Baker National Forest. There are several restaurants, some lodging, two small grocery stores and the last gas station on the highway for visitors to the area. Travelers enjoy the drive to the top, passing waterfalls and panoramic views of rivers, forest and mountains.
Mt. Baker operates November - May providing Northwest skiers and snowboarders with the longest season and the earliest snowfall in the entire state. Heather Meadows, conveniently tucked between Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan provides panoramic views.