Skyline Divide (Mt. Baker)

Date: 10/03/2014

Location: Mt. Baker Wilderness (Bellingham, WA)

Distance: 9 miles RT

Elevation Gain: 2500ft

Highest Point: 6500ft

Syline Divide (1)

On a perfect autumn day, Jeannette and I set out on this acclaimed trail.  The 12 miles of forest road to TH seemed never-ending, with last 9 miles particularly rough.  First 2 miles of forest-covered climb was mildly demanding, and lead to the most dramatic appearance of Mt. Baker as we made last turn onto the ridge (Above).  Mt. Baker dominated the West and Mt. Shuksan’s beauty pervades the North.

Syline Divide (6)

The subsequent 1.5 miles featured the famed rolling ridgeline.

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At 3.5 miles, we arrived a junction and took the left one to a basin with a closer view of Mt. Baker and surrounding  valley.  There was no water source until the end of this trail where numerous creeks rushed through meadows and rocks.  No wild flowers,  Autumn colors and huckleberries decorated the floor.

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Rating = III, a wonderful ridge trail with resplendent views of Baker and Shuksan, but the 14 + miles of dirt road to TH took a little shine off it.

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