Maple Grove Hike 2020

A small but enthusiastic group left the Sedro Woolley ranger station at 8;30 on a sunny, if slightly chilly, morning. Driving to the Baker Lake road we passed through some thick mist with picturesque sunbeams through the trees, so the day was going well before we even got to the trailhead. There are some giant potholes in the road just after the blacktop ends, but it gets better. The hike was uneventful, except for having to surmount several fallen trees, but the forest was looking green and refreshed, the moss was growing luxuriantly, mushrooms were sprouting, lichen was hanging, and wisps of mist added to the general esthetic experience. Anderson creek was spectacular. We met very few people on the trail or at Maple Grove. Baker and Shuksan were both completely clear against a cloudless blue sky. The shore was steaming as it dried off after the last few days’ rain. The lake is about 20′ lower than usual and there are some enormous stumps exposed- one is at least 15′ across.After lunch, general chat, taking of pictures, and lazing about, we packed up and left, meeting a few people on the way back to the cars. A great day out, in perfect weather, and good company.OwenI took a few pictures. Here is a link:https://www.flickr.com/photos/141990423@N03/albums/72157716797981752