32 – Squires Lake Park

Have you ever sat in your car hopeful that a hail storm that had started just moments before you pulled into the parking lot would quickly move on so that you could set out on a trail? Well, that is exactly how this hike began.

Waiting out the hail storm . . . in the parking lot

Certain there was a hint of brightness in the sky to the south, it seemed that almost as fast as the hail had started, it turned to rain and just as quickly those storm clouds continued their journey north. Better than being caught by a hail storm while out on the trail (like I had only days before – see https://60before60.wordpress.com/2012/03/15/31-stimpson-family-nature-reserve/), it really is amazing what a difference fifteen or twenty minutes can make!

Squires Lake Trail . . . slightly hailed upon

Maintained by Whatcom County Parks, Squires Lake Park straddles the Whatcom and Skagit County lines. From the trailhead, a quick series of switchbacks climbs approximately 500′ to reach Squires Lake.

At Squires Lake . . .

Once at the lake, there are two main hiking options – one to an old beaver pond, and the other makes a big loop around the lake.

Checking out the Squires Lake Park trail map . . .

First we followed the trail to the beaver pond.

Beaver Pond . . . at Squires Lake Park

Then we continued on the Squires Lake Loop Trail.

Moss covered trail section . . . at Squires Lake Park

We found another trail, the South Ridge, branching off the Squires Lake Loop trail so followed that. It led us to a nearly-overgrown viewpoint of the trees in the valley below with barely a peek at the old Bell-Alger quarry. I find the geology of the Squires Lake area rather interesting, and information about that can be found here – http://nwgeology.wordpress.com/the-fieldtrips/the-chuckanut-formation/geology-of-squires-lake-and-the-alger-alp/.

Viewpoint along the South Ridge Trail at Squires Lake Park

For a more ambitious hike, there are additional trails that connect Squires Lake Park to the trail that leads up to the Alger Alp (go here, to see https://60before60.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/02-alger-alp-little-baldy/ photos from when I did that hike). For today’s hike though, we stayed within the park boundaries.

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It was Saint Patrick’s Day, and Kent was wearing the green!

Wearing the green . . . on Saint Patrick's Day

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