Sept 8 – Friday – Green Mountain lies in the heart of the North Cascades. Glacier Peak looms across the valley along the ascent. Alpine meadow appears midway along Green Mountain trail. Then, at the fire lookout on top, there is a stunning panoramic view of glacier-carved North Cascades peaks. However, the hike is strenuous, with a 3100’ elev. gain during its 4-mile (one-way) ascent. The travel distance is long; 100 miles from Bellingham (one-way), the last 20 miles or so is on gravel, sometimes rough. Hikers need to commit to a long day. Bring lunch, extra water and bug spray. Meet at REI parking lot for 7:45 AM departure. NW Forest Pass required for trailhead parking. Suggest $8-10 for carpool. Mike Davis will be the co-leader on this outing. For more information, contact Trip Leaders Jim and Mei 832-491-9292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, ok the panoramic view of the core of the North Cascades from Green Mt ridge is astounding. Craggy peak upon craggy peak. And yeah, the full frontal view of Glacier Peak, with the meandering Suiattle River at its base beginning its trickle to the sea, is awe inspiring. And sure, when Mt Baker makes its appearance upon your very last step, you feel some dramatic flair. But really, what’s the big deal? The big deal is the Kodacolor vividness of September flora draped on steeply sloping meadow. The huckleberry clumps have turned rust red. Cast against dark green clumps of heather, light green clumps of fern, yellow of wild ginger, viewed in backlit baby blue sky, Green Mountain meadows are nature’s artist pallet. Try to top that, Mike Davis. BTW, the huckleberries are fat and juicy.
Five and a half hikers enjoyed all this. The half hiker was newby Irene, who never signed-in. Irene missed the Lummi Ferry and REI departure because of an ailing housecat, but drove solo all the way to Green Mt, then tried to catch up to the first five. The five of us observed dippers feeding in the pond, and long-tailed birds feeding on the wing at the lookout (flycatchers at that elevation?). Hawks too. Beer and burger supper on the way home.
More photos on the MBC Flickr album.