Miles: 6 Round trip
Permits: Northwest Forest Pass at trail head
Elevation Gain: 3925 ft
My Hiking Time: 6 hrs
The trail up Mt Baring begins with an easy road walk from the Barclay Lake trail-head. Go around the toilet facilities and follow an overgrown road for about 1/3 of a mile. At the first creek crossing look to your right for a cairn that marks the beginning of the climbers trail. This “trail” is not so much a trail but more of a general guideline. At some points there are multiple ways to go and you'll just have to pick what's best for you. If you cross the creek twice you are going the right way.
At the time of this writing there is pink tape providing a good marking for a trail. However, other times I have gone up there is none, so don't count on having a marked trail.
Once in the woods, the trail climbs quickly and steeply up the north side of the mountain. It is hard to describe the difficulty of this portion. All that can be said is this is where most people fail.
At the end of the first hill, you will crest the west ridge, which you will roughly follow for the next 1 mile. At some point you will need to go below some cliff bands and then follow a faint climbers path up the hill on the other side. This leads to the basin below the summit of Mt Baring. The summit on the left is the north summit and your destination. The south peak is rarely climbed because it is shorter and more difficult.
From the basin follow the boulder field up to the saddle, go left and follow easy trails to the summit. You will cross a couple more boulder fields, but it is fairly easy to navigate.
I was unable to find the summit register, and while I was searching a mild thunder storm began, so I raced off the summit. I can honestly say that this summit was not worth the effort, it is difficult and the view was mediocre at best. However, for someone who is just looking for a challenge this might be the mountain for you.
My name is Abrahm and I am a college student, and outdoor enthusiast . I spend much of my free time wandering through and photographing the great Pacific Northwest state of Washington.