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Church Mountain
Martin Bravenboer True summit of Church Mountain from the lookout site.jpg
True summit of Church Mountain from the lookout site
Highest point
Elevation 6,315 ft (1,925 m)
Prominence 1,115 ft (340 m)
Church Mountain is located in Washington (state)
Church Mountain
Church Mountain
Location in Washington (state)
Church Mountain is located in the United States
Church Mountain
Church Mountain
Location in the United States
Parent range Cascade Range
Topo map USGS Glacier
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Looking Southeast from the end of the trail near summit.

Church Mountain is a 6,315-foot (1,925-metre) mountain summit located north of Mount Baker in Whatcom County in the U.S. state of Washington. The summit affords a 360 degree view of the area, which includes Mount Baker to the south and Mount Shuksan to the southeast.


Church Mountain is located in the marine west coast climate zone of western North America. Most weather fronts originate in the Pacific Ocean, and travel northeast toward the Cascade Mountains. As fronts approach the North Cascades, they are forced upward by the peaks of the Cascade Range, causing them to drop their moisture in the form of rain or snowfall onto the Cascades (Orographic lift). As a result, the west side of the North Cascades experiences high precipitation, especially during the winter months in the form of snowfall. Due to its temperate climate and proximity to the Pacific Ocean, areas west of the Cascade Crest very rarely experience temperatures below 0 °F (−18 °C) or above 80 °F (27 °C). During winter months, weather is usually cloudy, but, due to high pressure systems over the Pacific Ocean that intensify during summer months, there is often little or no cloud cover during the summer. Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains into tributaries of the Nooksack River.

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