Mountaineers at Mount Baker Summit, 1891

Mountaineers at Mount Baker Summit, 1891

122 years is but the blink of an eye in geological time, and Mount Baker, the “Great White Watcher” (as certain of the coastal Indian tribes called it), stood as tall then as it does now, encrusted with glaciers and steaming from time to time, betraying its volcanic nature. (Image via


Aerial photograph of Mount Baker, Washington State, looking north. The craggy, dark formations on the western side of the mountain, known as the “Black Buttes” mark the original eruptive center of the volcano in prehistory, which later in time shifted approximately a mile to the east, building the cone of Mount Baker we all know today. Mount Baker’s summit stands at 10, 781′ (3286 meters) above sea level.


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