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A Hike to Lookout Mountain near Mount Baker
Timestamp Free: 2019.12.13 - 19:59:44
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Washington Cascades
(1 days) Elevation Gain: 600m
Participants: Klaus Haring
Difficulty: 1: Easy walking but some icy patches
A hike along logging roads with good views of Mount Baker and Twin Sisters.
When I looked for a scenic hike near Mount Baker I found Lookout Mountain where I had not yet been and the name sounded promising. I didn't want to drive with the sunrise in my eyes, so I started very early. Too early, dawn was barely breaking when I neared Abbotsford. Traffic on the freeway had already been heavy, but there was only one car ahead of me at the border and none in the afternoon, the fastest crossings in a long time. Near the end of the Glacier Creek road the area was still in the deep shadows of Mount Baker. I wanted to make as long a hike as possible and parked at the junction with NF30 just below the Heliotrope Trail parking. (At 48.8056,-121.8971 and 3700'). Of course I could have parked lower down the Glacier Creek road too but that would not have been very interesting.
[photo]P1100831.JPG[caption]Looking back near start of NF3600[/photo]
The road climbed only slightly near the start, then leveled off as it traversed around a ridge to the west. Along the Glacier Creek road I had seen no snow, here soon a dusting appeared along the edge and where the road entered permanent shadows it was a bit hard packed snow and ice. It was a bit slippery, but the crunchy snow along the edge gave good traction and I could stride out. Where the road began climbing up the east slope of Lookout Mountain it was bare again. There the sun finally rose above the saddle below the Roman Wall.
A little further the road leveled off again where it turned towards the saddle below Lookout Mountain. There it turned sharply uphill. After 4 switchbacks I came to a fork to the west. Since it would still be too early for lunch on the summit I explored that first. By that time there was quite a bit of snow in the shade and there were fresh tire tracks....
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