About the Mt. Baker Hill Climb

Ascend 4,462 feet from Chair 9 in Glacier to Artist Point (5,140 feet elevation) in 22 miles. The Mt. Baker Highway (SR542) is known as one of the most scenic paved roads in the country and rarely is the highway closed to motorized vehicles from Glacier to Artist Point. With steep elevation and several switchbacks, this ride is not for the faint of heart but the views are stunning. Experience the agony and the ecstasy!

Whatcom Events is a volunteer-operated community 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Our mission is volunteer-driven sustainable management of events that showcase the diverse natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities Whatcom County has to offer while supporting local nonprofit organizations. The Beneficiary of the Mt. Baker Hill Climb is Shifting Gears.


Is the Mt. Baker Hill Climb a race or a ride?2023-06-27T22:00:01-07:00

The MBHC is a timed race for all riders (with the exception of those on an e-bike) but two of our three divisions (Social and Recreational) are intended as a ride for non-Competitive Racers.

Can I ride my bike down the highway after the race?2023-06-27T19:54:33-07:00

Highway 542 will be closed to traffic both ways from 7:00 AM-12:00 PM. You are more than welcome to ride your bike down the mountain after the climb but please be aware that the Race consists solely of the ascent eastbound along Highway 542 from Glacier to Artist Point; any travel westbound on Highway 542 will be at your own accord and at your own risk. If you depart after 12:00 PM, there will be traffic in the highway. Prior to noon, our shuttles will be traveling down the highway transporting cyclists who do not wish to bike down. The Baker Bus will have a shuttle for passengers and a trailer for transporting bikes back down to Glacier but please be advised that they are not able to assume any responsibility for damage that may be done to bicycles during the descent.

Where is the start/finish line located?2023-06-27T19:55:02-07:00

The Race will be staged at Chair 9, located at 10459 Mt Baker Hwy on the east side of Glacier. The official start line will be ½ mile east at Snowater Road. The finish line will be at Artist Point on Mt. Baker.

Is there a minimum age for riders?2023-06-27T19:55:36-07:00

Yes, riders must be at least 13 years old by the day of the race. Riders between the ages of 13-15 years old on race day MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian in order to participate.

Do you offer tech support?2023-06-27T19:56:04-07:00

Yes, we will have a tech station at the start line, one along the course and one at Artist Point for riders who need assistance before descent if they choose to ride down. With that said, we recommend you carry a basic repair kit with you in case you need a repair between stations.

Where do I park?2023-06-27T22:01:23-07:00

We have access to a lot ½ mile west of Chair 9 which will be marked and have attendants the morning of the ride. As parking is limited we do recommend that you carpool to Glacier. We ask that you not park in front of the businesses or residences in the town of Glacier expect for when you are conducting business with them.

When does registration close?2023-09-12T12:49:12-07:00

Online registration closes the Thursday before race day at 11:59pm. Please be aware that the ride is non-refundable. There will not be any walk-up registration in 2023 as the event is sold out.

Where can I stay?2023-06-27T19:57:32-07:00

Mt Baker Lodging and Snowater Resort both offer lodging option very close to the start of the race. You can find more information on our Lodging Page

Are E-Bikes allowed?2023-06-27T22:06:25-07:00

E-bikes are allowed in the social division of the ride and are untimed.

Where can I eat after the ride?2023-06-27T22:05:24-07:00

The Heather Meadows Café will be open on Mt. Baker serving snacks. Chair 9 will be serving pizza, burgers, soup, salad, beer and more from 12 – 8 pm.  Graham’s Restaurant and Wake ‘n Bakery are both 1 mile west of Chair 9 in Glacier and are open various hours.

Are there aid stations/rest stops?2023-06-27T22:08:02-07:00

Aid stations with snacks and beverages will be at White Salmon, Chair 1 and at Artist Point.  Medics will be on standby for any emergencies that may arise and the route is patrolled by motorcycle deputies and volunteers.

What is the difference between the Social Ride and the Recreational Ride?2023-06-27T19:59:47-07:00

Social riders are cyclist that anticipate taking approximately 3 hours (with frequent stops) to do the climb as opposed to the recreational riders who may do it in closer to 2 hours.  The Recreational category will largely be experienced cyclist familiar with racing but who may not want to “compete” for the best time.

Choose a class that fits your riding style best and you’ll be guaranteed to have a great time!

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