Chain Lakes Mt Baker Aug 2010


Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />A remnant patch of snow next to the Vistor Center at Heather Meadows.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />The view west shows Table Mtn on left, the return route is through the Herman Saddle to the right of center.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />About 15 minutes into the hike... the lower Bagley lakes show in the distance.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />The rise to Picnic Point at the end of the road will be steep.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />You can see the trail goes alongside the highway as we climb past Austin Pass.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />Fran comes into view of the many stairs.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />These views of snow, clouds and mountains are exhilarating.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />Earning the altiitude....Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />Heather blossoms are pretty.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />Another cairn marks the route.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />Fran climbs the last stretch before reaching the end of the highway at Picnic Point.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />The highway takes the long way to reach this part of the mountain, while we went straight uphill.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />We stand on the last hundred feet of the highway as we near the parking area.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />Now we get some views to the south, as the trail heads west toward Ptarmigan Ridge.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />A peekaboo glmpse of Mt Baker through the clouds.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010.<br />We spotted some mountain goats on this south facing slope.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />Fran has to wait as we approach Ptarmagin Ridge, while I take many pictures.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. That is Baker Lake in the distance.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010.<br />We spotted some mountain goats on this south facing slope. It must be nap time...Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />So many patches of blooming heather along the trail.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />Looking back at jagged Mt Shuksan in the distance.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />Jagged Mt Shuksan in the distance, looking back to the east.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. The view before reaching Ptarmigan Ridge, with Mt Baker hiding in the clouds.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. One of the sloping snow fields to cross on the Chain Lakes Trail below Table Mtn.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. The clouds part a bit to show the Mount Baker summit.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Fran picked this lunch spot which had a nice Mt Baker view.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010, Four women were following us down the snowy slopes after leaving Ptarmigan Ridge.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Mt Baker was a nice scene.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. The heights of Mt Baker demand some technical climbing skills...Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Ron Black after lunch, with Mt Baker back under the clouds.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Trees at our lunch spot were interesting.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Many offspring at the foot of their parent.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. A bashful pika....Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010.<br />Only a few small bits of snow alongside our pathway so far.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. The prominance NW of Table Mountain, seen from the west.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010.<br />Interesting lichen on a trailside rock, near Mazama Lake.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010.<br />A couple of Mamots catch the sunshine beside Mazama Lake.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. <br />Another glimpse of Mazama Lake at the inlet stream.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010.<br />The first view of Iceberg Lake was breathtaking. The trail goes through Herman Saddle at 5400 ft, seen on the left.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />Many varieties of plants were in bloom along the trail, this alongside Iceberg Lake.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Fran Black at Iceberg Lake.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Hayes Lake, just north of Iceberg Lake.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Hayes Lake, just north of Iceberg Lake.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Hayes Lake, just north of Iceberg Lake.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. <br />Views like this one of Mt Baker were worth the long walk.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. The snow was quite evident well below Herman Saddle, and we had lots of steep stretches to climb in the snow before crossing the Saddle.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Herman Saddle in the distance was a fair bit of snow travel, some though fairly steep stretches.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Fran was brave about doing the snow climbing (she didn't want to turn around and repeat he first four plus miles of our hike to avoid doing the Herman Saddle).Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010.<br />Funny red stain in the snow is a natural phenonmena... the scenery was magnificent.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. This scene gives a good impression of the snow climbing needed to get up to Herman Saddle from the west.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. This man and his dog easliy caught up to us and made his way through the Herman Saddle.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. The fresh view to the east as seen from Herman Saddle. Fran Black, feeling good.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. The fresh view to the east as seen from Herman Saddle. Ron Black, feeling good.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010t Baker still looks quite formidable as we go down the trail to our car.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Mt Shuksan is very distracting in the background!Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Traffic on the trail, below Herman Saddle, in view of Mt Baker.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Mt Shuksan is an amazing sight, worthy of the many calendars it has graced.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010<br />Nice flowers beside the trail.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. A last few steps through the snow... it was fairly warm here, so shirts optional.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Fran was comfortable using her new trekking poles on this hike.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. The trail becomes rougher as we travel over the talus slopes.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. That Shuksan Mountain dominates the view!Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010.<br />Lichen under a rock next to a small creek. Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. The snow lasts quite late in August around here.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. The wilderness boundary sign as we headed to the bridge at the Bagley Lakes.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. The water flow grew as we went lower into the canyon.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. A long telephoto view of hikers taking a break beside the trail.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Fran cools down in the ice water next to the trail.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010.<br />Familiar monkey flowers.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010.<br />Elephant heads... very cute.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. One last rocky traverse before we reach the footbridge over the stream.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Fran putting the trekking poles to work.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Inspecting the plants on the rock wall.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Fran pauses on the bridge, before climbing the hill to the car.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. A popular stopping poinf for hikers.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Another view north at the Bagley Lake near the Heather Meadwos Visitor Center.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. We saw lots of those columnar basalt columns here, which were polished flat along this part of the trail.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. Fran is pleased to see we are almost back to the car.Chain Lakes Loop Trail, Mt Baker, WA Aug 23, 2010. The final steps to the parking lot, at the Heather Meadows Visitor Center.

These images were taken with my Fuji  HS10 "bridge camera".


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