Boundary Way/Cowap Peak 8-12-19

Eleven of some of the best looking, most intelligent members of the MBC set off for the Boundary Way Hike. We started with a detour via Everson to avoid the Mount Baker Highway construction. The Forest Service road to the trailhead didn’t seem much worse from Owen’s hike, but it certainly didn’t get any better either. The rain had turned the potholes into puddles which made them easier to spot, but also hid how deep they were. Fortunately, no problems were encountered.

We started the hike in the clouds and had on again/off again mist for the rest of the day. It was all very pleasant to hike in. Mukter was the designated sponge that lead and soaked up all the moisture from the brush along the trail. There were some mushrooms sprouting from the recent rains and we all commented about the large size of the King Bollet mushrooms. Although the wild flowers were well past their prime, there was still a good show. We were also treated to a ground squirrel, grouse and pika. We ate lunch near the top of Cowap Peak, but did not traverse the chasm to reach the true summit due to the slippery rocks. We didn’t get to be our age by being dumb!

Thanks to the drivers and all who participated in the hike. Photos from the hike can be seen on the MBC Flickr Album page.

Jennie and Steve

Excelsior Peak 7-26-19

It was a beautiful day in the mountains- clear and sunny, with a breeze. Fifteen hikers were in the party at one time or another, though the numbers present at any one location were variable. Clusters of deep potholes in the road made for some challenging driving, but everyone made it up without incident. The hike up through the forest was uneventful, thanks to some heavy-duty trail maintenance work that had cleared several 3′ diameter downed trees. Once out of the forest, the steeply sloping meadows were a mass of flowers: mostly lupins, white paintbrush, and bistort. There were fine views of both Baker and Shuksan on the way up. Reaching the pass, we headed up the trail to the right for endless views of mountain scenery, dominated by Tomyhoi and Mt. McGuire (in Canada, and therefore not on our maps). It seemed a good spot for lunch. Afterwards, some of the party returned to the pass while others climbed the steep trail to the top of Excelsior peak, and down the other side to rejoin the rest of the party. Surprisingly, nobody was missing so we started down, making good time to the trailhead. The customary stop at the beer shrine made a satisfying end to an excellent day out
Thanks to all participants for your company.
Owen
Total distance was about 6 1/2 miles. Elevation gain to the peak was 1500′.

Ptarmigan Ridge Hike 8-6-19

Eight hikers left promptly at 8:30 am in two cars for Artist Point.  We were surprised to find the parking lot crowded on a weekday morning.  It was warm when we started hiking, but not overly hot for an August day.  It was clear with great visibility.  We crossed six or seven snow patches on Ptarmigan Ridge which were all slushy.  Microspikes were not needed but hiking poles were a big plus.  Half of the group who rode in the same car left early, but the other half continued on to a stunning view of a turquoise lake which gave the optical illusion of a watery cone rising in the middle.  We were also able to see several mountain goats feeding near the lake.  Around the corner from the lake was a spectacular view of Mount Baker, up close and personal.  It was a great day for a hike, thanks to those who participated.

Carla Knight

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.