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Mt Baker, Washington State

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Mount Baker, also known as Koma Kulshan or simply Kulshan, is an active glaciated andesitic stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the North Cascades of Washington in the United States. Mount Baker has the second-most thermally active crater in the Cascade Range after Mount Saint Helens. About 31mi due east of the city of Bellingham, Whatcom County, Mount Baker is the youngest volcano in the Mount Baker volcanic field. While volcanism has persisted here for some 1.5 million years, the current glaciated cone is likely no more than 140,000 years old, and possibly no older than 80–90,000 years. Older volcanic edifices have mostly eroded away due to glaciation.After Mount Rainier, Mount Baker is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade Range volcanoes; the volume of snow and ice on Mount Baker, 0.43cumi is greater than that of all the other Cascades volcanoes (except Rainier) combined. It is also one of the snowiest places in the world; in 1999, Mount Baker Ski Area, located 14km to the northeast, set the world record for recorded snowfall in a single season—1140in.
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  • Some friends who live in WA took us up Mount Baker for a day trip and I'm so glad they did. This is the most beautiful mountain I have ever seen. It was the middle of summer so we tobogganed in shorts...  more »
  • Just day hike from parking lot around 6 hours no up Down very little depends on what hike you do one I went on was level trail amazing up there about 1 hour from American border drive way up pass ski ...  more »
  • We hiked the Yellow Aster Butte trail as well as the Chain Lake Trail. The Aster Butte trail had beautiful fall colors. The hike was strenuous especially the last part to the top of the Butte which wa...  more »
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  • It gets foggy up here during the fall. Be careful when driving.
  • Mt. Baker is a nice Mountain Volcano to visit and to take photos of the area. A nice lake called Picture Lake with a nice walking trail. Lots of different hiking trails in the Mount Baker area.
  • Cute little town coming in! Great mountain activities, year round!
  • Quality mountain, highly recommend. That said, the above photo (at least when/where I'm viewing it) is Mt. Shuksan, not Mt. Baker.
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Accommodations in Bellingham cater to visitors traveling between Seattle and Vancouver, with a large number of budget and mid-range motels lining the main highway, Route 5. Many of these cluster near the university campus, providing a convenient location for both onward travel and for getting a taste of the local student culture. For more luxurious accommodations with scenic views over the coast, look south to the neighborhood of Fairhaven. There, you'll find a number of guesthouses and bed and breakfasts lining the coastal road.
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