Apr 21 – Saturday: Maple Grove Hike on Baker Lake –
An easy-to-moderate 8 miles round trip at the south east end of Baker Lake. Attractions may include great views of Baker and Shuksan, but if not, it’s a beautiful stretch of forest with lake views and rushing creeks. Forest pass required for trailhead parking. We will leave from the Chuckanut Park and Ride at 8:30 for the 40-mile drive, almost all on blacktop . Let me know if you need directions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOWEVER! The forecasts for Saturday look awful, either cold and rainy or cold and snowy, depending on who you believe. Either way it’s a long way to go if conditions are miserable, so I am keeping an eye on the forecasts and may cancel unless they improve.
I will decide by Friday afternoon.
Perhaps because of the last-minute rescheduling and the concurrent Horseshoe Bend hike, it was a compact group of four members and Magnus the black lab that set out from the trailhead for Maple Grove. My mentioning the possibility of ice on the trail may have had something to do with it. Whatever the reason, a large number of members who didn’t come missed a delightful outing. The weather was sunny and cool, the sky was mostly blue, Shuksan and Baker were completely clear and shining white, and the lake was still. Birds were singing, flowers were blooming, creeks were burbling prettily. We couldn’t have asked for more. There wasn’t any ice. But there could have been.