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.

    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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