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Mt Baker, Glacier

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Mount Baker (Lummi: Qwú’mə Kwəlshéːn; Nooksack: Kw’eq Smaenit or Kwelshán), also known as Koma Kulshan or simply Kulshan, is a 10,781 ft (3,286 m) active glacier-covered 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 St. Helens. About 30 miles (48 km) 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 volcanic 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 has the heaviest glacier cover of the Cascade Range volcanoes; the volume of snow and ice on Mount Baker, 0.43 cu mi (1.79 km3) 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 9 mi (14.5 km) to the northeast, set the world record for recorded snowfall in a single season—1,140 in (29 m; 95 ft).
Mount Baker is the third-highest mountain in Washington and the fifth-highest in the Cascade Range, if Little Tahoma Peak, a subpeak of Mount Rainier, and Shastina, a subpeak of Mount Shasta, are not counted. Located in the Mount Baker Wilderness, it is visible from much of Greater Victoria, Nanaimo, and Greater Vancouver in British Columbia, and to the south, from Seattle (and on clear days Tacoma) in Washington.

Indigenous peoples have known the mountain for thousands of years, but the first written record of the mountain is from Spanish explorer Gonzalo Lopez de Haro, who mapped it in 1790 as Gran Montaña del Carmelo, "Great Mount Carmel". The explorer George Vancouver renamed the mountain for 3rd Lieutenant Joseph Baker of HMS Discovery, who saw it on April 30, 1792.
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  • Do not miss this. It is amazing, even in August. The kids loved playing in the snow and we took two hikes with absolutely breath-taking views. 
    Do not miss this. It is amazing, even in August. The kids loved playing in the snow and we took two hikes with absolutely breath-taking views.  more »
  • arrived this year to the ski area shut down and not many in the area, and there was not 20ft of snow along the side of the road. lake i thought was a bit down in size but still very pretty, first... 
    arrived this year to the ski area shut down and not many in the area, and there was not 20ft of snow along the side of the road. lake i thought was a bit down in size but still very pretty, first...  more »
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  • I haven't been there but I saw mount baker in Vancouver airplane ride and it caught my eye and I had to remember this place! Very beautiful place to look at and hopefully I can go see in person one day~
  • Amazing place to visit! It is the icon of the North Cascade peaks. I took a few aerials of Baker over the years and look forward to coming back here!

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