The Mount Baker Club offers a variety of member led outdoor recreational opportunities all year long. Most outings are open to the public, free of charge, so we can share and promote the natural features that make this area so special.
The vast majority of our outings are hikes, but we offer other kinds of trips as well: kayaking, canoeing, bicycling, camping, snowshoeing, and occasionally, bird watching. We also gather throughout the year for social potlucks.
You can find specific information about planned upcoming club outings from the MBC Calendar or from the Quarterly Planned Activity Schedule on this website. Outings may also be publicized in newspaper magazines and by local organizations such as REI, Yeager’s, the YMCA, the Visitor’s Center, Bellingham Parks and Recreation, or the Outdoor Center at Western. The outings calendar is updated four times a year. In addition, many spur of the moment rips are announced and organized via a list serve that is a feature exclusive to club members. These short notice trips are especially important for weather dependent activities such as snowshoeing, cross country skiing, kayaking, etc..
Club outings generally begin with participants meeting at a location in Bellingham to car pool before embarking on the planned adventure. Our destinations are most commonly in Whatcom County, but we often explore Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties and British Columbia as well. Members are encouraged to lead outings. If you would like to lead an activity, useful guidelines have been developed to help you get started. This is a small gift for those that lead an outing and a $50.00 gift card to REI if five or more trips are lead (read the item in the Members Only Page for details). As an example of activities that we do, photos from some past club activities can be found on Flickr .
Participants are expected to bring their own gear and supplies for the scheduled activity. They should be especially prepared for potential changes in weather conditions. The ‘Ten Essentials’ are a good place to start your collection of gear. Contact the Trip Leader prior to the day of the outing to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.