Baring Mountain, Washington

Prominence: 2445 ft, 745 m

Elevation: 6125 feet, 1867 meters

Approx. Isolation: 2.61 mi, 4.19 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 6129 ft / 1868 m
SubpeaksBaring Mountain-South Peak (6010 ft/1832 m)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)47° 46' 46'' N; 121° 26' 9'' W
47.779324, -121.435944 (Dec Deg)
617167E 5292958N Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionKing

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     Washington State Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #86)
     Mountaineers Everett Peaks (Rank #15)
     Washington State Top 200 by Prominence (Rank #86)
     Smoot's "Climbing Washington's Mountains" 100 Peaks (Rank #87)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Climbing Washingtons Mountains (Smoot)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     2005-03-13 by Graham Priestley
     2005-07-21 by Hal Watrous
     2006-07-16 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2008-05 by Barbara Peterson (Unsuccessful)
     2009-09 by Barbara Peterson
     2009-12-06 by Quinn McKee
     2010-05-01 by Eric Noel (Unsuccessful)
     2012-04-15 by Jaime Hale (Unsuccessful)
     2012-09-11 by ChadL Painter (GPS Track)
     2013-03-10 by Samuel Hahn (Unsuccessful)
     2013-08-04 by Chad Straub (GPS Track)
     2013-12-14 by Jeffrey Wright (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2013-12-14 by Priti Wright (Unsuccessful)
     2014-04-26 by Natasha Walker
     2014-05-14 by James Barlow (GPS Track)
     2014-09-12 by Vic Hanson

View ascents of peak by registered members (120 total)

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Baring Mountain is not a famous peak, and few climbers in the United States are aware that its north face is one of the great sheer mountain walls in the country, every bit the equal of those in Yosemite. This 3000-foot cliff lanuguishes in relative obscurity due to poor rock quality, brushy terrain, rainy weather, and lack of National Park-quality infrastructure. But any hiker or mountaineer who sees this impressive spire off of Highway 2 for the first time will wonder why this fantastically-shaped peak is not more of a household name.

The north face of Baring goes years without any ascents, but for the casual scrambler there is an easy class-3 route the gains the long northwest ridge, contours into the valley leading to the notch between the peak's two summits, and from the notch climbs to the summit. U.S. Congressman Jay Inslee has climbed the peak by this route, among others. Perhaps the most difficult part of the climb is the extremely steep climbers trail that gains the crest of the northwest ridge--most of the time, you are hauling yourself up (or lowering yourself) by hanging on to vegetation.

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The goal (2015-05-29). Photo by Michael Smith.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 2445 ft/745 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 2485 ft/757 m
  Line Parent: Johnson Mountain
  Key Col: 3680 ft/1122 m
Isolation2.61 mi/4.19 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Gunn Peak  (NNW)
Isolation distance is based on NHN and is slightly overstated.
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: North Cascades
Range5: Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area
Range6: Wild Sky
Drainage BasinsSnohomish
Puget Sound
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Wilderness/Special Area: Wild Sky Wilderness Area
Topo MapBaring O47121g4 1:24,000
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