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Baring Mtn. - 6125' 
Miles RT: Elevation Gain: Route/Trail:
7 3900' route
Map: GT -
Season: summer

Baring Mtn.sits closely north of Hwy 2 between Gold Bar and Skykomish.  It's distinctive double summit is visible from many points around the sound. 
We parked at the Barclay Lake Trailhead but followed an old road that runs from behind the toilet and above the lake trail.  We didn't have to go far before we found a small cairn and a boot path to the right.  The path follows a creek bed as it gains 1700' to the top of the west ridge.  We found the going easier and much less brushy paralelling the creek off trail to the left.
The ridge walk is a pleasant interlude between steep sections.  At the end of the ridge an 800' climb awaits, getting you to the foot of the gully and notch between the summits.  From the notch, go left, climbing through a short rock section (some exposure as I recall).  The rest is pretty straight forward.  Nice rock and slabs at the summit.  We retraced our steps for the descent, except that we got too far left as we got back near the notch and made the last 50' down to the notch more interesting than it needed to be.  Very nice day, great views and well worth the effort to get there.  

  August 11, 2007      
Climbing to the west ridge  
Rough going  
Finally on the ridge top
And up again  
The gully  
 Nearing the notch
The gully & west ridge  
The notch  
South ridge from the notch
Just below the summit  
Summit slabs  
Baring north summit  
Mt. Index and Persis
Merchant and Gunn Peaks  
South summit  
Back to the notch  
More exposed here
Baring north summit
Back on the west ridge
Route Map
Drive US Hwy 2, 8 miles west of Skykomish. In the town of Baring, turn north onto Barclay Creek Road #6024. The road is directly across from "Der Baring Store." (closed?). Cross the railroad track and continue for 4 miles to the trailhead.
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