Baring Mountain, Washington

Prominence: 2444 ft, 745 m

Elevation: 6124 feet, 1867 meters

True Isolation: 2.58 mi, 4.16 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 6128 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)
617167 E 5292958 N, Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionKing

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     Smoot's "Climbing Washington's Mountains" 100 Peaks (Rank #87)
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Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 436
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 403)

Selected Trip Reports:
     2006-07-16 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2008-05 by Barbara Peterson (Unsuccessful)
     2012-09-11 by Chad Painter (GPS Track)
     2013-08-04 by Chad Straub (GPS Track)
     2013-12-14 by Jeffrey Wright (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2014-05-14 by James Barlow (GPS Track)
     2014-09-12 by Vic Hanson
     2015-06-06 by Rusty Sherman
     2015-07-03 by Bob Bolton (GPS Track)
     2015-08-16 by Nick 🏞️ (GPS Track)
     2016-06-26 by Aaron Nash (GPS Track)
     2017-04-09 by Karthik Krish (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2017-04-15 by Christopher Frobel (Unsuccessful)
     2017-04-22 by Richard Shaw
     2017-04-29 by Connor McEntee (GPS Track)
     2017-05-20 by George Burgess (GPS Track)
     2017-07-15 by Ken Akerman
     2017-09-10 by Christopher Frobel
     2017-09-16 by Sergey Lazutin (GPS Track)
     2017-12-09 by Dhruv Garg (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2017-12-09 by Karthik Krish (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2018-04-07 by Prabhu Adie (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2018-05-12 by Stephanie Brereton (GPS Track)
     2018-06-16 by James Barlow
     2018-08-19 by Luca Baradel (GPS Track)
     2018-10-13 by Karthik Krish (GPS Track)
     2019-05-26 by Daniel Mick (GPS Track)
     2019-09-07 by Lucas Peterson (GPS Track)
     2020-03-21 by Stephen Bobick (Unsuccessful)
     2020-08-29 by Ryan Stoddard (GPS Track)
     2020-09-05 by Craig Jones
     2020-12-05 by Brian Hill (GPS Track)
     2020-12-12 by Albert Sidelnik
     2021-03-27 by Ignas Cerniauskas (GPS Track)
     2021-04-05 by Reed Russell (GPS Track)
     2021-05-14 by Mark Hadland (GPS Track)
     2021-06-23 by Peter Dygert
     2021-06-23 by Xiulan Hu (GPS Track)
     2021-08-26 by Sam Grant (GPS Track)
     2021-09-12 by Mark Akers (GPS Track)
     2022-07-09 by Andrew M
     2022-08-13 by Claire Jaja (GPS Track)
     2022-08-13 by Stephen Sugiyama (GPS Track)
     2022-08-26 by Damon Alexander

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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).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 2444 ft/745 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 2484 ft/757 m
  Line Parent: Southeast Spire
  Key Col: 3680 ft/1122 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 2.58 mi/4.16 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 47.8158, -121.4483
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Gunn Peak - East Peak  (NNW)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: North Cascades
Range5: Glacier Peak-North Stevens Pass Area
Range6: Wild Sky
Drainage BasinsSkykomish
Puget Sound
Strait of Juan de Fuca
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Wilderness/Special Area: Wild Sky Wilderness Area
Topo MapBaring O47121g4 1:24,000
Data SourceGPS Reading or LIDAR
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Other Photos

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At the summit of Baring Mountain, showing log book with four-person team from The Mountaineers that that had reached the summit earlier in the day (2017-07-15). Photo by Ken Akerman.
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Baring on the left of the ascent gully, South peak on the right (2014-07-08). Photo by Chris Pribbernow.
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From the peak (2020-08-23). Photo by Addison Keely.
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