Mount Baker  offers one of the most challenging and rewarding climbs in the cascades. This one is not for beginners, so don’t attempt to climb Mt. Baker without previous alpine climbing experience. The trail begins from Road 39 off Mt. Baker Highway  and gains 1,500 feet along the way. Mountain Madness (206/937-8389 or 800/328-5925, www.mountainmadness.com ) leads technical climbs of Mt. Baker and nearby peaks.