"Mt. Baker" refers to a:
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10,778 feet (3,285 meters)
The best view of the mountain is from the Glacier Creek Road off of Highway 542. A 10-kilometer hike, taking off from Dead Horse Road (No.3907) affords closer views of Baker's north side. On the south side of the mountain Forest Service Road 372, taking off from Baker Lake Road, ends near the Schreibers Meadow cinder cone.
Mount Baker is the most isolated of the Cascade volcanoes in the USA. It rests on a foundation of non-volcanic rocks in a region that is largely non-volcanic in origin. Since the last Ice Age, the area around the mountain has been largely ice free, but the mountain itself remains heavily mantled with snow and ice. After Mount Rainier, it is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade volcanoes, the volume of snow and ice being greater than that of all the other Cascades volcanoes (except Rainier) combined. Due to its many glaciers, local Native Americans gave Mt. Baker a name meaning "White Steep Mountain." The present-day cone sits atop a similar older volcanic cone called Black Buttes volcano which was active between 500,000 and 300,000 years ago.
During the last 10,000 years there have been at least two or more lava flows, at least eight mudflows and a pyroclastic flow. Mount Baker erupted on several occasions during the 19th century, and its most prominent crater, Sherman Crater, may have formed in the 18th or early 19th century. Most hydrothermal activity at Mount Baker is concentrated within Sherman Crater. This activity, in the form of steam and flows of hot rock and gas, increased significantly in March 1975 and caused concern that an eruption might be imminent. The activity diminished somewhat by 1978. Mudflows remain the most likely hazard from the volcano. Avalanches of snow and rock debris from the rim of Sherman Crater have swept down Boulder Glacier at least six times since 1958.
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