Mount Baker Region 11/10/08

Astrid M. at the Mount Baker region
“The weather Gods were with us this weekend and we enjoyed the rich variety of trails and landscapes in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Following the Ranger’s tip, we went to Hannigan Peak on Saturday which is an open trail through a nice valley leading up to the peak with stunning 360 degree views. Snow started at about 1300m but did not pose much of an obstacle. After a cozy night in a cabin we set out to hike the Ptarmigan Ridge on Sunday. The road is closed beyond Heather Meadows where Picture Lake is located which means some extra work to get to Artist Point were the trail starts. The parking lot at Artist Point was already covered in snow. The views from the trail are spectacular with Mt. Baker constantly in view. Some parts of the trail after the junction with the Chain Lakes trail were frozen solid with a thick layer of ice. We did not make it all the way to the Coleman Pinnacle but opted for an earlier return in order to take the Chain Lakes trail back to the parking lot. We were rewarded for that decision with more amazing views of lakes, meadows, alpine landscape and snowy mountains. Thanks a lot to the group for being flexible with making route decision. I believe we all had a great time.”

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