Monthly Archives: October 2012

85 – Lake Padden Loop

Popular with hikers, dog walkers, runners and bikers, the three-mile loop trail around Lake Padden is a local favorite.

Lake Padden Loop Trail . . .

Lake Padden Loop Trail . . .

The fall colors cast a lovely glow around the lake.

Rowing . . . Lake Padden

Rowing . . . Lake Padden

I’ve hiked this trail many, many times over the years, sometimes considering it a hike – other times merely a walk. Go here – Hike #29 – Lake Padden Loop Trail, or here – http://really-rose.blogspot.com/2010/02/orange-jelly.html – to view photos from other times I have hiked there.

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84 – 1,000 Puddles/Edfro Creek

With the arrival of rainy season in the Pacific Northwest, hiking a trail named 1,000 Puddles Trail seemed most appropriate. This trail was a great choice as we were protected from the drizzle by the forest canopy. The trail meanders through land preserved by the Whatcom Land Trust and along the bank of South Fork of the Nooksack River.

1,000  Puddles trailhead . ..

1,000 Puddles trailhead . ..

The fall colors were beautiful and thousands of leaves blanketed our path.

Autumn leaves . . . along the 1,000 Puddles Trail

Autumn leaves . . . along the 1,000 Puddles Trail

The forest is thick and plush with moss covered trees forming beautiful arches.

Moss covered arches . . . along the 1,000 Puddles Trail

Moss covered arches . . . along the 1,000 Puddles Trail

Bringing aong the fishing gear, after a picnic along the shore of the scenic river, we took a fishing break.

Fishing . . . South Fork of the Nooksack River

Fishing . . . South Fork of the Nooksack River

While a majority of the 1,000 Puddles trail is on land preserved by the Whatcom Land Trust, a small portion passes through lands owned by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR); and as you can see, that area managed by the DNR had been recently clearcut.

Clearcut area on DNR lands

Clearcut area on DNR lands

Edfro Creek is one of the many creeks flowing into the South Fork of the Nooksack River, and a moss-covered log along the trail formed our bridge.

Bridge of logs over Edfro Creek . . .

Bridge of logs over Edfro Creek . . .

It took a bit of digging around on the Internet to locate driving directions and information about the 1,000 Puddles/Edfro Creek trail, but I did find one trip report from 2010 on the Washington Trails Association website (go here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2010-04-05.6904199295 to see that), and a few mentions of the trail can also be found on the Whatcom Land Trust website (here – http://www.whatcomlandtrust.org/).

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83 – Lake Ann

We hiked to a Lake Ann before (see Hike #78 – Completing the Heather-Maple Pass Loop (Day 3 – Heather-Maple Pass Loop Backpacking Trip), #77 – Lewis Lake, Heather Pass and Lake Ann Overlook (Day 2 – Heather-Maple Pass Loop Backpacking Trip) and #78 – Completing the Heather-Maple Pass Loop (Day 3 – Heather-Maple Pass Loop Backpacking Trip)), but that was a different Lake Ann than this one. With a name like Ann, I’m not surprised there is more than one. This Lake Ann is a beauty, and practically in our own back yard, is located in our local Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Lake Ann trailhead

Lake Ann trailhead

The hike to Lake Ann is somewhat challenging in that the lake itself is at about the same elevation as the trailhead, yet to reach the lake, one must hike approximately 1,900′ down, traverse through a valley and then climb back up approximately 1,900′ to the lake. It’s a beautiful hike though and the fall colors were absolutely right from the start!

Autumn color along the trail . . .

Autumn color along the trail . . .

After our long decent into the Swift Creek valley, our route leveled out near the junction for a trail that heads down to Baker Lake. There were several meandering creeks along that valley floor, but because our rainy season had not yet arrived, none were deep enough to soak our boots.

Crossing headwaters of Swift Creek . . .

Crossing headwaters of Swift Creek . . .

Finally we started climbing again, this time, over miles and miles of talus slopes.

Trail over talus slopes . . .

Trail over talus slopes . . .

Our view from the trail, always stunning and with penty of photo ops!

Photo op . . .

Photo op . . .

Having climbed high in elevation once again, we had one last snowfield to cross and knew that over the next hill, Lake Ann and Mount Shuksan would come into view.

Crossing snowfield . . .

Crossing snowfield . . .

Our first sight of Lake Ann, simply breathtaking!

Lake Ann . . .

Lake Ann . . .

We continued our hike on down to the lake and spent quite a bit of time exploring the trails around the area. Several of the trails took us to where we had a wonderful view of the glaciers on Mount Shuksan.

Upper and lower Curtis Glacier on Mount Shuksan . . .

Upper and lower Curtis Glacier on Mount Shuksan . . .

The hike to Lake Ann and back is approximately 8.2 miles so can be easily completed as a day hike, but there are are several nice campsites are available near the lake for those who want to stay a little longer. For directions, trail information and trip reports, go here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/lake-ann.

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