Posts about: Mt. Baker

Table Mountain

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    Table Mountain, in the Mt. Baker area, must be one of the easier hikes here, but the payoff is simply spectacular.  The trail starts at Artist Point, 12 km northeast of the Mount Baker summit. Artist Point is the starting point for a number of great hikes, such as Ptarmigan Ridge and Chain Lakes.  And a bonus… the road to Artist point is paved the entire way !!

    The trail starts from the west side of the parking lot at Artist Point. Watch for the sign for Table Mountain. Soon, you will start heading up via switchbacks carved into the side of the mountain. The views here are amazing and never stop ! There is quite a drop off from the trail, but I found it pretty safe. I would be weary of bringing small children. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. Once at the top, the trail meanders though scree and vegetated areas, finally terminating at a couple of small tarns (very small). There is a lesser used trail that continues here and joins up with the Chain Lakes trail, but it is pretty rough and would require some scrambling (which is always more difficult going down). From this point, most people just turn around and go back.

    Remember – You will need a Northwest Forest Pass, which can be purchased in person at the Glacier Public Service Center at 10091 Mt. Baker Highway,Glacier, WA (Link to Map)

    Or you can buy an epass in advance online at the Discover Your Northwest website

    Border crossing tips: Bring passport, Nexus or enhanced ID !!; no fruit, no veges, no meat (this isn’t a complete list !); trailmix is okay. There is an IGA just across the border if you want to get some fruit or a sandwich for your hike.

    A great resource for current conditions for this hike is the WTA website.
    Check it OUT !!!

    The location of Artist Point is HERE

    The stats:

    Distance: 4 km (linear return)
    Time: 3 hours
    Low point: 1545 m
    High point: 1741 m
    Elevation gain: 196 m
    Trailhead: 48° 50’ 47.6” by 121° 41’ 36.6” (Google Map)

    The route (with downloadable gps)…

    The Photos…

    A photo I took on the drive up…

    Morning Sun over Mt. Shuksan
    Morning Sun over Mt. Shuksan
    Mt. Baker
    Mt. Baker
    Mt. Baker
    Mt. Baker
    Mt. Baker
    Mt. Baker
    Mt. Baker
    Mt. Baker
    Mt. Baker on trail
    Mt. Baker on trail
    Mt. Baker
    Mt. Baker
    Small tarns
    Small tarns
    Snow melt
    Snow melt
    Still lots of snow
    Still lots of snow
    Table Mountain
    Table Mountain
    Trail
    Trail
    Trail
    Trail
    View from Top
    View from Top
    View from Top
    View from Top
    View from Top
    View from Top
    View from Top
    View from Top
    Alpine ferns
    Alpine ferns

    Here is a long video with stills and video…

    ★★★★★★★★★★★

    Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

    Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

    For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.

    To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.

    ★★★★★★★★★★★

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      Lake Ann and Lower Curtis Glacier

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        I love the Mt. Baker area and today, I ventured on the Lake Ann trail, which heads close to Mt. Shuksan. Along the way, you pass forests, alpine meadows, streams and views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. We even saw pikas and marmots today. The trail to Lake Ann is well established and easy to follow. The lake is beautiful and so are the views of Baker and Shuksan. I recommend after reaching the lake to take the trail that leads to the Lower Curtis Glacier. For the most part the trail is in good shape – there are some scrambling sections. There came a point at which I stopped, but two others in my group scrambled down to the glacier and actually touched it ! I was enjoying the scenery and chasing a marmot (not really). The trail that leads to the glacier crosses into the North Cascades National Park.

        NOTE – You will need a Northwest Forest Pass (one per car), which can be purchased in person at the Glacier Public Service Center at 10091 Mt. Baker Highway,Glacier, WA (Link to Map)

        Or you can buy an epass in advance online at the Discover Your Northwest website

        Border crossing tips: Bring passport, Nexus or enhanced ID !!; no fruit, no veges, no meat (this isn’t a complete list !); trailmix is ok. There is an IGA just across the border if you want to get some fruit or a sandwich for your hike.

        A great resource for current conditions for this hike is the WTA website.
        Check it OUT !!!

        The parking lot / trailhead are just 1.5  km / 1 mile before Artist Point (link below).

        The stats to end of trail to Curtis Glacier…

        Distance: 18 km (linear return)
        Time: 7 hours
        Low point: 1196 m
        High point: 1620 m
        Elevation gain: 424 m
        Cumulative Elevation gain: 1060 m
        Trailhead: 48° 50’ 59.5” by 121° 41’ 11” (Google Map)

        The route…

        The Photos…

        Mt. Shuksan
        Mt. Shuksan
        Marmot
        Marmot
        Lower Curtis Glacier detail
        Lower Curtis Glacier detail
        Lake Ann
        Lake Ann
        Lake Ann
        Lake Ann
        *Photo by Laura Forbes
        Lower Curtis Glacier *Photo by Laura Forbes
        Lake Ann and Mt. Baker
        Lake Ann and Mt. Baker
        Lower Curtis Glacier
        Lower Curtis Glacier
        Blueberries and Mt. Baker
        Blueberries and Mt. Baker
        Hiking through meadow
        Hiking through meadow
        Mountain Valley
        Mountain Valley
        Pika
        Pika
        Stream
        Stream
        Trail
        Trail
        Trail
        Trail
        Trail and Mt. Baker
        Trail and Mt. Baker
        Crossing boulder field
        Crossing boulder field
        Crossing small boulder field
        Crossing small boulder field
        Trail to Lower Curtis Glacier
        Trail to Lower Curtis Glacier

        Link to all Lake Ann / Curtis Glacier Photos photos on Flickr

        ★★★★★★★★★★★

        Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

        Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

        For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.

        To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.

        ★★★★★★★★★★★

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          Chain Lakes Loop

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            Ok, I really can’t get enough of the Mt. Baker area. Second time back in a couple of weeks. It was another sunny day today.

            There are a few variations of this hike. We started at Artist Point, descended to Heather Meadows via the Wild Goose Trail and looped around Northern Bagley Lake, before starting our ascent up through Herman Saddle. 95 % of the hike was bug free (only some around Chain Lakes). Only very minor snow (almost not even worth mentioning). This hike is amazing as are most Mt. Baker area hikes – the views are non-stop ! This was a sunny Saturday and there were many people on the trail, but not so much that it deterred from our enjoyment. There was only some snow on the shore of Iceberg Lake – some of which apparently recently broke off and made icebergs (info from a camper at the lake). I definitely recommend this hike and I will go back for sure !

            So, for this hike, you drive to Artist Point, which is paved the entire way.
            Yeah ! No pot-holed forestry road !
            The location of Artist Point is HERE

            You will need a Northwest Forest Pass (one per car), which can be purchased in person at the Glacier Public Service Center at 10091 Mt. Baker Highway,Glacier, WA (Link to Map)

            Or you can buy an epass in advance online at the Discover Your Northwest website

            Border crossing tips: Bring passport, Nexus or enhanced ID !!; no fruit, no veges, no meat (this isn’t a complete list !); trailmix is ok. There is an IGA just across the border if you want to get some fruit or a sandwich for your hike.

            A great resource for current conditions for this hike is the WTA website.
            Check it OUT !!!

            The trailhead for the Wild Goose Trail is just behind the washrooms.

            Today’s stats:

            Distance: 10.7 km
            Time: 6 hours
            Low point: 1259 m
            High point: 1654 m
            Elevation gain: 395 m
            Cumulative Elevation gain: 725 m

            The route…

            The photos…

            Shuskan from Herman Saddle
            Shuskan from Herman Saddle
            Switchbacks upto Herman Saddle
            Switchbacks upto Herman Saddle
            Wild Goose Trail to Bagley Lakes
            Wild Goose Trail to Bagley Lakes



            Dead Tree
            Dead Tree
            Hayes Lake
            Hayes Lake
            Mt. Baker and Iceberg Lake
            Mt. Baker and Iceberg Lake
            Mt. Baker
            Mt. Baker
            Northern Bagley Lake through wild flowers
            Northern Bagley Lake through wild flowers



            Reflection in Lake
            Reflection in Lake
            Shuskan
            Shuskan
            Stream between Bagley Lakes
            Stream between Bagley Lakes
            Trail back to Artist Point
            Trail back to Artist Point
            Trail upto Herman Saddle
            Trail upto Herman Saddle
            Winding Road
            Winding Road

            ★★★★★★★★★★★

            Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

            Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

            For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
            To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.

            ★★★★★★★★★★★

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              Yellow Aster Butte

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                The Mount Baker area never ceases to amaze me. The 4.2 mile (6.8km) gravel road up to the trailhead is not bad and I think most 2wd cars will make it. The road is better than the Skyline divide road. You just have to go slow and watch for potholes and oncoming traffic.

                The location of the start of the forestry road (NF-3065) to the trailhead is HERE

                It was a beautiful sunny day and the views were stunning. There were many wildflowers to be seen and minor snow patches which are easy to cross. I put on bug spray at the beginning and didn’t have a problem with the bugs – no bites !

                The trail is a gradual climb and never really steep. The steepest part is at the end on the way up to the butte, but it’s short and pretty easy.

                I highly recommend this hike !

                Remember – You will need a Northwest Forest Pass, which can be purchased in person at the Glacier Public Service Center at 10091 Mt. Baker Highway,Glacier, WA (Link to Map)

                Or you can buy an epass in advance online at the Discover Your Northwest website

                Border crossing tips: Bring passport, Nexus or enhanced ID !!; no fruit, no veges, no meat (this isn’t a complete list !); trailmix is ok. There is an IGA just across the border if you want to get some fruit or a sandwich for your hike.

                A great resource for current conditions for this hike is the WTA website.
                Check it OUT !!!

                The stats:

                Distance: 12.6 km (7.8 miles)
                Time: 6 hours
                Low point: 1075 m
                High point: 1896 m
                Elevation gain: 821 m
                Trailhead: 48° 56’ 36” by  121° 39’ 45.7” (Google Map)

                The route…

                Here are the photos…

                Mt. Baker from the Trail
                Mt. Baker from the Trail
                Yellow Aster Butte
                Yellow Aster Butte
                Trail
                Trail

                Trail
                Trail
                Some snow today
                Some snow today
                Scenery
                Scenery

                Push to the Butte
                Push to the Butte
                Mt. Baker
                Mt. Baker
                Mt. Baker
                Mt. Baker
                More Scenery
                More Scenery

                Meltwater stream
                Meltwater stream
                Meltwater lakes
                Meltwater lakes
                Inetersting snow formation
                Inetersting snow formation
                Colourful Flowers
                Colourful Flowers

                Baker Again
                Baker Again
                Road at Trailhead
                Road at Trailhead
                Wildflowers
                Wildflowers
                Trail sign
                Trail sign

                ★★★★★★★★★★★

                Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

                Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

                For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
                To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.

                ★★★★★★★★★★★

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                  Ptarmigan Ridge

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                    Ptarmigan Ridge is another great hike in the North Cascades in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington. The trail starts at Artist Point, 12 km northeast of Mount Baker summit. Artist Point is the starting point for a number of great hikes, such as Table Mountain and Chain Lakes. And a bonus… the road to Artist point is paved the entire way !! The trail is almost entirely in the open, with shaded areas in the premium. The route follows a well built trail traversing scree slopes of the ridge. There are non-stop views on this hike, including Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, numerous glaciers, ice fields, lakes and former glaciers, which appear to have a short time left; we even saw five mountain goat. Today was an amazing mid-September day, with highs in the upper 20’s, no clouds, no wind and no bugs, making for an enjoyable hike. The Ptarmigan Ridge trail seems to go on for a long time. We finally had to make a decision when to turn around. This hike would make a great area for camping, as there are many locations to pitch a tent and so much to explore.

                    Remember – You will need a Northwest Forest Pass, which can be purchased in person at the Glacier Public Service Center at 10091 Mt. Baker Highway,Glacier, WA (Link to Map)

                    Or you can buy an epass in advance online at the Discover Your Northwest website

                    Border crossing tips: Bring passport, Nexus or enhanced ID !!; no fruit, no veges, no meat (this isn’t a complete list !); trailmix is ok. There is an IGA just across the border if you want to get some fruit or a sandwich for your hike.

                    A great resource for current conditions for this hike is the WTA website.
                    Check it OUT !!!

                    The location of Artist Point is HERE

                    The stats:

                    Distance: 16.2 km (linear return)
                    Time: 6 hours
                    Low point: 1525 m
                    High point: 1878 m
                    Elevation gain: 353 m
                    Cumulative Elevation gain: 785 m
                    Trailhead: 48° 50’ 47.6” by  121° 41’ 36.6” (Google Map)

                    The route…

                    From Google Earth…

                    Ptarmigan route

                    Walking along trail with Mt. Baker in view…

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                    Short video of an ice patch (former glacier) melting…

                    Beautiful fields of red…

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                    Mt. Baker…

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                    The remnant of a glacier…

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                    An undulating glacier…

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                    Mt. Shuksan…

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                    Link to all Ptarmigan Ridge photos on Flickr

                    ★★★★★★★★★★★

                    Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

                    Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

                    For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
                    To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.

                    ★★★★★★★★★★★

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