Mt. Baker Hillclimb
North Cascades, Washington | Sunday, September 8th
Ascend 4,098 feet from Chair 9 in Glacier to Artist’s Point (5,140 feet elevation) in approximately 22 miles. The Mt. Baker Highway (SR542) is one of the most scenic paved roads in the world 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. “This is an epic course! It's insanely scenic as the road emerges from the river valley en route to one of the most stunning vistas you will ever see on a bike. Great event!” ~ Mischa Burnett (2018)
THE DETAILS / the route
Mt Baker Hill Climb, September 8th, 2019 (first Sunday after Labor Day each year), from Glacier, WA to Artist Point. Highway 542 is a two-lane highway from Glacier to Artist Point, you can’t get lost!
Riders receive a courtesy photograph from on the course and at the Finish Line. Top 3 females and males overall receive a cash prize and locally-produced wood medal. Winner of female and male divisions get a fully sublimated Jersey (ages 13-19, 20-29, 30-49, 50+) and medal. Ride features: a bike tech at the start line, two water station during the climb and a food/water station at Artist Point, courtesy bag drop at the Finish Line (Artist Point), Award Ceremony and After Party at Chair 9 restaurant in Glacier. Glacier has numerous places to stay and dine. Riding Highway 542 when it is closed to traffic is very rare and this is the only event besides Ski to Sea that is closed to traffic.