75 – Heliotrope Ridge

Do you like glaciers? Adventure? Wildflowers? Mountain views? Creek crossings? Forests? Marmots? If so, this is definitely the hike for you! On our way to see the Coleman Glacier, right from the start the Heliotrope Ridge Trail held a sense of adventure when we were detoured around the bridge over Grouse Creek not far from the trailhead. The first of the... Continue Reading →

74 – Chain Lakes Loop

We were not sure which trail we would hike as we drove to Mount Baker, but we thought maybe it would be the Chain Lakes Loop Trail - if the cloud cover persisted. Maybe, though, a different trail - if it was clear. Still cloudy as we drove through the little town of Glacier, so Chain Lakes it was. Parking at Artist Point, we... Continue Reading →

73 – Ridge Above Chowder Basin (Day 3 – Chowder Basin Backpacking Trip)

Beginning the day with a spectacular sunrise, this would be our last morning in the Chowder Basin. After breakfast, we would be breaking camp and hiking back to Skyline Divide, then on down to the trailhead. Entertained each day by the many resident marmots, as we broke camp, they seemed curious about us. Reminding me of miniature bears,... Continue Reading →

71 – Skyline Divide to Chowder Basin (Day 1 – Chowder Basin Backpacking Trip)

With spectacular mountain views and meadows filled with wildflowers, Skyline Divide must be one of the most popular hikes in the North Cascades. Beginning our three-day backpacking trip on a Sunday, even though the parking lot was full to overflowing, we pulled into an empty parking spot very near the trailhead. Thinking that maybe the weekend campers had already started to pack... Continue Reading →

70 – Cougar Divide

Seeking a view similar to the ever popular Skyline Ridge Trail, but not a crowded weekend trail, we chose the hike to the less frequented Cougar Divide. Met by only one couple rushing back to their vehicle as they swatted swarms of bugs from around their faces, they told us that with only tennis shoes and no bug spray, they were completely... Continue Reading →

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