Located near Seattle, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is huge. Vast 10,000-acre glaciers that sprawl in the northern part of the forest formed the harsh, dramatic, and rugged landscape. On top of all this, there is Mount Baker itself, which is still an active volcano; the Sherman Crater emits steam and sulfuric gases.
If you want to know what kind of weather to expect, well, that all depends on where exactly you’re planning to go, since the climate varies dramatically within the forest. The Cascades create their own weather, pulling in Pacific Ocean storms. Valley bottoms, near the western edge of the forest, are typically dry and resemble the Sierras in climate; they receive only 30 to 60 inches of rain each year, while higher elevations get over 500 inches, mostly in the form of snow. Moreover, in some areas, snow does not melt until midsummer.
It is a long, diverse area that is breathtaking, tough, and promising enough to excite even the most jaded adventurers.