Lindeman and Greendrop Lakes, Chilliwack, BC

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Lindeman Lake Parking Lot, 63100 Chilliwack Lake Rd, Fraser Valley E, BC V0X 1X0, Canada (map)

Let’s get the passports and visit our neighbors in BC for a day hike to Lindeman & Greendrop Lakes. After the 1h 40 min drive we will hike approximately 6.5 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 1600 ft. Stunning scenery and access to two lakes. Expect lots of boulder field crossings; good footwork and balance required. Bring water, snacks, lunch and sunscreen. Hiking poles are advisable.

Fritz Ulrich

 

Trip Report

 

The clouds disappeared and the sun came out as we were driving along the beautiful Chilliwack River valley to the trailhead. The fresh whitewater came rushing down the mountains and awoke our anticipation of a great hike. 

It’s a popular trail and we fit right in with the young folks climbing up the mountain. We with our lunch packs, they with their camping gear shouldered. Nine of us were brave enough to tackle this technically challenging hike. 

The view of the Lindeman Lake did not disappoint. All mountain lakes have something magical to look at and the Lindeman Lake is one of the nice ones. After we took our group picture we were ready to take on the boulder fields. Most of the boulders were overcome easily, some of them required more effort. 

We crossed the creek several times with the help of bridges or by bolder hoping. After lunch in one of the bolder fields we pushed on to conquer the Greendrop Lake. Not everybody in the group was convinced it would be worthwhile since we were told by fellow hikers the Greendrop Lake does not measure up to the Lindeman Lake in terms of beauty. 

The hike there presented an additional layer of complications by some blowdowns. Nothing could stop our determination and finally we made it to the lake. I for my part have to say the Greendrop lake is beautiful as well. 

On our way back we all could feel our legs burning and looked back on a great hiking day as we arrived at the parking lot. It felt good to be back in the mountains for the new 2019 hiking season. Many thanks to the 8 hikers who joined me on this hike and made it a memorable one for me. 

Fritz

P.S. Pictures are posted on Flickr.

Hike to Mount Erie & Sugarloaf via Whistle Lake

Saturday 5/04/19
This journey through the Anacortes Community Forest Lands is special for the variety of views and terrain that we’ll pass through on an approximately 7.5 mile hike that will take us up 1000 feet in elevation. We’ll make stops at both Sugarloaf and Mt Erie to soak up some sun (always optimistic) while enjoying views of the Sound. There are challenging sections of the trail near the top of Erie, most the trail is well maintained and clean. Lets meet at REI at 8am to carpool with another stop at Chuckanut Park and Ride for more ‘poolers. We’ll likely stop at one of Anacortes’ breweries at the end of the day to refresh and share stories. Questions call Michael at 708.302.9177 or ​mikesdavis@outlook.com​. I will share the location of the Whistle Lake parking area to anyone who wants to drive directly to the trailhead.

– Michael Davis

Trip Report

Twelve hearty Mount Baker Club members hiked together in the Anacortes Community Forest Lands yesterday.

The trip began at the Whistle Lake parking lot then meandered along the East side of Whistle Lake then Toot Swamp before heading up Mt Erie where we enjoyed a scenic lunch overlooking Puget Sound while an eagle entertained us from below our bluff.  There were at least 3 separate mountain climbing groups rappelling down the South and Southwestern facing rocky faces of Erie creating a low level traffic jam atop the mountain though we found solace on our “lunch bluff”.  After lunch we progressed to Sugarloaf Mountain then back to cars via the Western shoreline of Whistle Lake where our choice for the perfect spot for riding a bicycle into the lake was found.  Yes, there is a rather tall cliff you can ride off if you’re so inclined, though the statement, “I’m coming back here with my bike!” was not overheard.

Post-hike beverages at Bastion whose growing beer list did not disappoint.

Approx 9 miles walked and 2000 cumulative feet climbed yesterday, what a great day in beautiful weather with fantastic folks.  Photos available to view on Flickr.

Michael Davis

Hike to Oyster Dome

Thirteen two-footed hikers and one four-footed outdoor enthusiast spent an enjoyable time in amazingly warm weather to walk from Samish Overlook to Oyster Dome and then back via Max’s Shortcut, somewhere between 5 and 6 miles round trip. The views could not have been better; we could see the Olympics and Canadian mountains as well as the San Juan Islands. You should have been there!

Pam

Church Mountain Hike

Friday October 19 – Church Mountain Hike.  Meet at Regal Movie Theatre parking lot, side closest to Woburn at 8:20 to form carpools for departure at 8:30 am.  Diana Meek

Trip Report

Unfortunately, Diana was unable to lead the hike up Church Mt today, so we stepped in as substitutes.  The weather was great as the six of us slogged up the trail but it got hotter and hotter.  The blueberries succumbed to the heat as they were all shriveled, but still tasted good.  The blueberry bushes were in their red color.  Fritz pointed out one patch that was impossibly vivid.

The heat really sapped our strength as only four of the six “summited”.  We only saw a few other hikers (and two hunters – be safe out there) the entire day.  Gorgeous day and great company.  The hike was 9.4 miles with an elevation gain of about 3600 feet (2600 feet to the meadow) and topped out at about 6000 feet at the summit.  Photos can be seen on the MBC Flickr album page.

J&S
P.S. The hot shower sure felt good afterwards

Baker Lake North Hike (Maybe Dock Butte/Blue Lake?)

Saturday November 3 – Baker Lake North Hike to Noisy Creek

IF the snow holds off, and the weather’s good I might change this to a Dock Butte/Blue Lake Hike, if we need to keep our elevation low we’ll do Baker Lake North trail.  Meet at REI @ 8:30am with a stop at the Sedro Woolley park and ride located between Walgreens and the Food Pavilion at the intersection of Cook Rd, SR 9 and Hwy 20.  Bring a lunch and water, offer your driver $5 for driving you into the wild.  Contact Michael Davis at 708.302.9177 or mikesdavis@outlook.com.  We’ll likely stop at Birdsview for beverages after the hike.  Lets all hope for some decent skies on November 3! Mike Davis 

Trip Report

5 members arrived at the Park and Ride for a day on Baker Lake with eyes on the clouds and surrounding mountains.  Good fortune ensued as very little rain fell and winds were null throughout the majority of our Baker Lake North hike yesterday.  Noisy Creek was noisy but not as noisy as Hidden Creek which is anything but hidden.  All streams and rivers were flowing into Baker Lake healthily, nonetheless Baker dam remains open so the Lake water levels are down 30-40 feet from this summer’s peak.

Thanks to the fine folks who came out to enjoy the outdoors yesterday, great group!

Pics?  Yeah there are lots of pics, uploading now on flickr:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtbakerclub/albums

Litter Patrol July 2018

Trip Report

The summer litter patrol of Mount Baker Hwy miles 37 – 39 was held Tuesday.  It was sunny and warm–the kind of day in the mountains that so often moves the Club President to look to the heavens and belt out an Italian aria!  Sing it Michael!  The highway traffic was light, as was the usual collection of beer/soda cans and bottles, cigarette butts, candy wrappers, and assorted bits of plastic and paper.  Grass and underbrush along the road may have hidden some litter, but I like to think drivers are rethinking their lazy habits.

To the numbers:

0  –As usual, nothing of value was found.

1  –Old bamboo Tiki torch.  White Nationalists may claim it at the DOT Maple Falls dumpster.

–Ambulance, lights flashing, going east.

2  –Teams of two volunteers.

–Actual time in hours, more or less, to patrol one mile, there and back.

3  –Sunning garden snakes.  One slurping from a Pepsi can (sugary kind).  Took the can, left the snake.

4  –Partial bags of litter collected.

–Enthusiastic volunteers.

5:45  –A.M.  Alarm clock sounds off.  Hit snooze.

6  –Bicyclists heading uphill.

8  –A.M.  Loaded up, on the road.

9:30  –A.M.  Patrol teams assemble at mile marker 37.  Group photo.

33  –Degrees.  What the Nooksack River felt like while soaking feet after the patrol.

78  –Degrees upon arrival at milepost 37.

86  –Degrees when done.

88  –Miles, door to door.

1743  –Miles from St. Louis that Melinda traveled just to participate in the patrol.

3035  –Wooden forest road sign toppled by age and moisture.  The road doesn’t really seem to go anywhere.

Thank you to Valerie, Melinda, and Sue for making it a fun day.  The next litter patrol should be in mid to late October, before the snow flies.

Photos of the fun can be seen here.

Anderson & Watson Lakes with Anderson Butte Hike

July 14, 2018 – Saturday – Anderson & Watson Lakes with Anderson Butte Hike: Lets spend the day at Anderson and Watson Lakes, along with a side trip to the Anderson Butte! We’ll be hiking approximately 8 miles with an 1100’ elevation gain. Beautiful views of the lakes and Mt Baker will accompany our hike. Bring water, lunch, sunblock and bug spray.  Northwest Forest Pass is required for drivers. Lets leave the REI parking lot at 8 a.m. with a stop in Skagit County at approximately 8:30 a.m. at the Sedro Woolley Park and Ride which is a triangular area situated next to the Cook Rd roundabout between Walgreens and the Food Pavilion. Suggested $8 carpool fee for poolers from REI Questions contact Michael Davis at mikesdavis@outlook.com If you’d like to drive to the trailhead: Trailhead Co-ordinates: 48.6747, -121.6017 Good chance we’ll be stopping for beverages at the Birdsview Brewery on the way West.

 

Trip Report

We managed to leave the trailhead at 10:30 yesterday morning after a nearby fire nearly sent us in another direction.  Thanks to low winds and a strong effort on the part of firefighters we were able to get to the Anderson +Watson trailhead safely.

19 folks gleefully walked through a forest of large trees, up the switchbacks to the butte where the views were as clear as ever.  Next we all walked through a partial grassy partial snowy meadow and headed up and over the small rise that brought us to Watson Lakes.  Some folks swam, some explored, some socialized, and all ate lunch in the picturesque Watson Lakes valley.

At one point rumor has it that the level of group happiness in the experience became ecstasy and Richard began boldly singing ‘70’s era Barbara Streisand songs as he could no longer control himself.  Right on pitch is the consensus rumor.

The heat reminded us all to bring plenty of water on hikes now that we’re into the warm weather.

Thanks to a great group of leaders helping to keep this large group together.

Mike

Photos of the trip can be viewed here.

Elk Mountain Hike

July 20 – Friday – Elk Mountain Hike – Chilliwack, BC (rainy day alt.: Lindeman Lake) Trip Leader: Fritz Ullrich. Departure 8:00 am Sunset Square Safeway parking lot (SE corner). Carpooling encouraged with $5 gas contribution suggested (50 miles one-way).

Let’s get the passports (or NEXUS cards) and visit our neighbors in BC for a day hike on Elk Mountain. After the 1h 20 min drive we will hike uphill approximately 3.5km (1km = 0.62 miles) with an elevation gain of 800m (1m = 3.28ft). The hike is rated intermediate to hard because of partially steep slopes. Hiking poles come in handy because there are not many switchbacks to speak of. It’s for people who like uphill hikes with a rewarding view at the top. After approx. 2.5 hours hike through a beautiful forested area we will reach the top at 1,432m (4,700 ft). Looking to the south we will see the North Cascades mountain range with our namesake mountain featuring prominently. To the north we will see the BC Coast Mountains and to the west the Fraser Valley. After a relaxing brake we will continue on the Elk-Thurston trail along a scenic ridge for another hour to another outlook before we retrace our steps and hike back down. Bring water, snacks, lunch and sunscreen.

Alternative for a rainy day: Lindeman & Greendrop Lakes hike also close to Chilliwack, BC.

The drive there will be approx. 1h 40 min and the hike distance 10.4 km roundtrip (6.5 miles). Elevation gain 500 m (1,600 ft). Stunning scenery and access to two lakes. Lots of boulder field crossings.

 

Trip Report

Have you ever wondered what’s north of Tomyhoi Peak? Five of us have ventured out and hiked up Elk Mountain to find out. It has been a long day. Mei, Jim, Bruce, Rita, and Fritz left at 8:00 am and returned at 9:00 pm. A cool summer day was ideal for this steep hike. It was strenuous as promised with an elevation gain of 2,600 ft in 2.2 miles. On top of Elk Mountain we had lunch with a view of Chilliwack valley but the clouds still covered the mountain peaks of the North Cascades. We saw some flowers though. Tiger lilies, penstemon and sickletop lousewort were in full bloom. After lunch we pushed further to Thurston mountain. Here the clouds opened up a little more and we could see part of the Cascades and guess the contour of Mount Baker still in its cloud cover. At the way down one of us fell and Mei featured her First Aid kid and provided professional help. You see, being prepared is everything. After we returned to the US our first way in Sumas was to have dinner and a couple of beers. Wait, only our leader Fritz had a couple. He was so happy that the first trip he lead for MBC was successful with no loss to report.

Boulder Ridge Hike

July 27 – Friday – Boulder Ridge Hike – This trail is more a boot track than a trail, used primarily by climbers as an alternate climbing route for Mount Baker. Our hike will be a total of 8 miles with a final elevation at 4500’ with an elevation gain of only 1300’. But the trail is sometimes indistinct, muddy and with lots of logs and roots, plus there are stream crossings, steep sections and sheer drop offs. The road to the trailhead is very rough and high clearance vehicles are highly recommended. Because we will be going into the Mt Baker Wilderness, we will limit the group to the first 10 that sign up. Northwest Forest Pass required. Recommended car pool fee of $5.00. Email Jennie and Steve at tojennie@comcast.net to sign up and get additional details.

 

Trip Report

 

The gang of twelve braved the FS roads to Rainbow Ridge.  The hike was a poster child for truth in advertising: Short hike to subalpine meadows – ✓; great views – ✓; chance to see bear and goats; snow fields in summer – ✓.  A long drive on terrible, TERRIBLE, forest service gravel roads – ✓; steep trail at spots – ✓; hot and sunny – ✓; some bugs – ✓; a poor boot track of a path with roots, mud, and severely eroded tread – ✓.  Hike up to the snow on the sub-alpine ridge for lunch – ✓.

The views were just a bit diminished because of the haze in the sky, but were still worth the effort to slog up the slope.  We split up after we reached the ridge in search of shade for our lunch break.  The sound of avalanches on Baker confirmed that temperatures were climbing.  On the way back, we saw a goat off in the distance.  No, wait, that was just a patch of snow.  Darn.  On the way down, Pam made sure we didn’t step on any of the herds, in nearly biblical concentrations, of western toads.  Some finished off the hike with a trip to Birdsview for a cold one.  A great group of hikers.  Thanks to Judith and Dirk for joining us in volunteering to drive through the FS road moguls!
Photos can be found on the MBC Flickr Album page.
Jennie and Steve

Goat Mountain Hike

August 3 – Friday – Goat Mountain Hike – get your climb on! The road is a little rough, but as of early June ok for low clearance. Enjoy getting some great leg work done – this is not for those just getting into shape. We’ll be getting to at least 5100 feet. This is wilderness area and the group size is restricted to 12 people. Contact Meg Bushnell to sign up and get further details. 360-223-7629.

 

Trip Report

 

6 crazy old goats (the only ones seen on the mountain!) risked life, limb, and sanity clambering up to the meadow at Goat Mountain today. Rain predictions were dashed asunder, as nary a drop was seen. The views of Shuksan, Baker, and Sefrit were shrouded by clouds, but still scenic, a lovely site for lunch, and the temperature perfect for hiking. Intense discussions occurred about the specifics of the multiple wildflowers seen, including Pacific alpine azalea, paintbrush, lupine, spirea, columbine, and the Columbian/tiger lily. Wildlife sightings were few but charming – a pika was heard calling, and a grouse demanded the trail for a dirt bath. Clearly the altitude affected the old goats, as trotting back down the path they bleated out bits of beer commercial jingles, old TV songs and musical numbers including Gilbert and Sullivan, with a few highbrow recitations of Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll thrown in. (Small surprise that few other hikers were seen on the trail, likely cowering at the trailhead hoping to avoid the cacophony). The lower trail was in good condition, the upper had benefited from some recent brushing and erosion repair work by WTA although still represented quite a scramble up (it’s possible the lead goat assisted with that work, but how do goats handle trail tools?) It was a fine day, with only minimal whining about the climb up, and capped with pints all around at the Beer Shrine before returning to town and higher oxygen levels.

Photos will likely be posted to the Mt Baker Flickr site once available, stay tuned for that.
Meg