Mount Baker Wilderness

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Mt Baker Wilderness covers 117,900 acres (47,714.1 ha) and is one of eight designated wilderness areas within the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the US state of Washington. Mt Baker itself is a thermally active volcano in the Cascade Range, standing 10,778 feet (3,285.1 m) high and is the dominant feature of this wilderness area.

In a region of heavy snow and rainfall more than 16 square miles (41.4 kmĀ²) of glaciers have carved the mountain into jagged ridges and peaks, which rise above a network of frozen rivers and streams.

At lower elevations alpine meadows provide a colourful contrast of native wildflowers, huckleberries and blueberries among the more common heathers. Lower again the mountain slopes are covered with several species of coniferous trees.

Black bears, black-tailed deer, mountain goats and hoary marmots (a type of ground squirrel) inhabit the rocky high country. Bald eagles, national emblem of the United States, are also to be seen.