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Hike to Huntoon Point and Table Mountain
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.24 - 19:35:59
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Washington Cascades
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 300m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 1: Good trail but exposed on Table Mountain
Two short scenic hikes to Huntoon Point and Table Mountain
I had never heard the name before. Two one half weeks earlier I had sprained my ankle badly, it was still swollen and somewhat painful, but I could walk fairly normally. So I was looking for a short easy scenic hike and in the Baker area found Huntoon Point. Perhaps a bit too short and easy, but I also wanted to get my green card for an upcoming trip to the US, so the long drive across the border seemed worthwhile. I left early Sunday morning and made it to Sumas in 50 min. from N Van. There was no lineup, but I had to wait a few minutes because I just hit the 7am shift change and it takes the officers a while to set up their booth. Afterwards I drove to the Glacier ranger station and asked whether the road to Artist point was open and whether I needed a parking permit. Yes and yes! So I bought a 5$ recreation day pass. Then I had the road to myself all the way except for one motor biker whom I let pass on the winding stretch below the ski area. Above the ski area parking I soon found cars parked wherever possible along the road. The Lake Ann TH parking seemed full and I wondered whether the Artist Point would be the same, but before 9am there was no problem.
[photo]P1100276.JPG[caption]Table Mountain from above ski area[/photo]
[photo]P1100277.JPG[caption]Mt Baker from Artist Point[/photo]
I then set out for Huntoon Point stopping frequently for the spectacular views of Mt Baker. The map shows a small loop at the end of the trail, but the gravel loop was a bit ill defined and there was a maze of other trails. I stopped at a tarn and soaked my ankle for a while, then walked barefoot along the smooth earthen trails, one which took me to the summit of Huntoon Point, where I sat on a somewhat uncomfortable root and admired the view of Mt Baker. Afterwards I went...
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