Good points ^
Baker is not great for beginners as beginner/intermediate terrain is pretty limited. It's also not good to ride alone if you don't know the mtn at an skill level, as there are lots of inbounds avy/cliff dangers. Summit Central it is!
Hmmm, perhaps I'll do crystal (by myself on Friday) and Stevens with the group. Only reason I'm doing it that way is because Crystal is south, and picking up my friends at SeaTac in the evening on the way back.
Thank everyone. I'll save Baker for a just going to Baker trip. Sounds gnarly and exciting.