Easton Glacier Climbing Route

Begin in the Mt. Baker National Recreation Area  in Schreiber’s Meadow along Park Butte Trail, which is heavily used by climbers, backpackers, dayhikers and stock riders. Wander through waist-high fields of heather and huckleberries, through forest and arrive at a junction with Scott Paul Trail.

For the Easton Route, however, parties should stay left and continue on the Park Butte trail to the next junction with Railroad Grade Trail. Take the right fork and follow Railroad Grade trail to its end. From here, continue up through snowfields and rocky slopes to where the approach route meets the Easton Glacier. The climbing route ascends the Easton Glacier, passing the crater to the summit at Grant’s Peak. This route is fairly moderate and glacial travel experience is necessary.

The Easton Glacier Route is in the Mt. Baker National Recreation Area and the Mt. Baker Wilderness. This route is the second most popular on the mountain and can be very crowded at times.

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At a Glance

Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: late spring - mid summer
Restrictions: The Easton Glacier Climbing Route spans Mt. Baker National Recreation Area (NRA) and Mt. Baker Wilderness where wilderness regulations apply.
  • Campfires are prohibited.
  • Group size is limited to 12 people when you leave the Mt. Baker NRA and enter the Mt. Baker Wilderness.
  • Camping is allowed only at designated camp sites below the 6,000 foot level in the NRA.
  • Camping restrictions do not apply when camping above 6,000 feet.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Park Butte Trailhead.
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District office at 360-856-5700 or Glacier Public Service Center at 360-599-2714.

General Information

General Notes:

Designated campsites for the Easton route access are along the Railroad Grade Trail.

  • Railroad Grade Camps: 7 sites, 2.25 to 2.75 miles from the trailhead. 
  • High Camps: 4 sites at 5,600 feet, 3.75 miles from the trailhead. 
  • Sandy Camp: Terminus of Railroad Grade Trail at 5,900 feet. This is a designated camp area.

Backcountry toilet facilities are not available, please  pack it out.

Snowmobilers use the Mt. Baker National Recreation Area until late spring or early summer. Climbers using the Easton or Squak route during May-early July will likely encounter them in the non-wilderness portion of the route.


Access to Easton route trails from Park Butte Trailhead.

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At trailhead 3300 feet