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  • Jacob’s Ladder: A first known ascent on Mt. Prophet - Story and photos by Jason Griffith I’m just drifting off to sleep when I hear it, far down the Big Beaver Valley … Thud. The wind rushing up the valley sounds like a train approaching. Thud. Lightning flashes across the sky and thunder echoes as I groggily try to make sense of the noises just […]
  • Evil Bikes’ New Headquarters: A slice of MTB heaven - A Q&A with Kevin Walsh by Benjamin Whitney The red hot brand Evil Bikes is known for defying tradition when it comes to developing mountain bikes. The brand’s history is checkered with hang-ups and successes, but its resilience is paying off. Kevin Walsh, owner and designer, has assembled a quiver of award-winning carbon fiber trail […]
  • Escape to the Southern Gulf Islands - Story and photos by Lisa Pulsifer Washington state residents know the San Juan Islands are a must-visit destination. They also know the San Juan island archipelago continues north across the border, where they’re known as the southern Gulf Islands. This collection of 15 islands is every bit as charming as the San Juans, and many […]
  • Three hikes in the Canadian North Cascades - Story and photos by Stephen Hui For Vancouverites, the Coast Mountains north of the city are celebrated for rugged trails and wild views. Perhaps lesser known, the North Cascades in B.C. provide plenty of spectacular hiking as well. Some of the best trails are located in E.C. Manning Provincial Park and the Coquihalla Summit Recreation […]
  • 40 miles around Mt. Hood on the Timberline Trail - By Erin Rain Gautier With micro-spikes strapped to our hiking boots and loaded bags topped off with instant coffee, we hit the trail on June 25. It was the perfect time of year to make an easy mistake: to think that summer in the valleys meant summer up high. Mt. Hood proved our error as […]
  • 15-mile Radius Project: Exploring every trail near home - By Hannah Singleton I sat on my living room couch listening to the steady drumming of rain on the roof. Over the last hour, the world outside had succumbed to the kind of slow-setting darkness that sneaks up on you. I hadn’t noticed the need to turn on my house lights. My roommate walked in the […]
  • Forget the surf, plan a hiking escape to Southern California - Story and photos by Craig Romano I have lived nearly my entire life in the Northeast and Northwest. I love green landscapes and mountainous regions dotted with lakes and rivers. I also love sunshine and new adventures, and by late winter I need a break from the Northwest’s grey drizzle. For the past six years I […]
  • Rendezvous Huts: Postcard from the Methow - Story and photos by Benjamin Whitney The invitation read: Hey, guys, think fast! I booked two nights at the Rendezvous Huts in the Methow for the end of this week. We’d love to have you onboard.  Ever the advocates for a quickly hatched plan, we were indeed onboard although not certain for what. As we […]
  • Winter Magic: 3 easy snowshoe trips near Vancouver - Story and photos by Lisa Pulsifer Something magical happens once winter arrives in the mountains. The hard angles of the rocks disappear under a thick blanket of snow. The forest transforms as snow builds up and weighs down the boughs of the evergreens. Lakes disappear under ice and sounds fade as animals retreat into dens, […]
  • Big dreams for the Nooksack Nordic Ski Club - Ambassador program introduces skiers to the sport By Oliver Lazenby From camping to snowshoeing, more and more people are playing outside. For winter recreation, human-powered sports are the fastest growing segment, according to a recent SnowSports Industries America study. If that’s true, it’s not the case for local cross-country skiing, said Pete Tryon, president of […]

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  • Artist Point to open early May - Artist Point will open early this year thanks to the efforts of WSDOT and a low-snow winter.
  • Artist Point Open - Artist Point now open The Washington State Department of Transportation has done it again! For the second straight year, crews have cleared the Mt. Baker Highway all the way to its terminus at Artist Point by July 1, one of the earliest ever openings of the site known for breathtaking scenery. Clearing efforts began on […]
  • Introducing the Rock Trail - Introducing the Rock Trail I first encountered the Rock Trail when a mountain biker pointed it out to me while I was covering the Chuckanut Enduro last fall. I descended a series of stair sets from the Double Black Diamond trail to a low area where the trail meanders along a wall of featured sandstone. […]
  • Celebrate the future Lake Whatcom Park - Celebrate the future Lake Whatcom Park Ever since Whatcom County Council made the decision to purchase 8,884 acres of land surrounding Lake Whatcom last March, hikers, runners, mountain bikers, equestrians, conservationists and the county parks department have been poring over maps and dreaming big. Keep an eye out for the spring issue of Mount Baker […]
  • Mt. Shuksan via Sulphide Glacier - [mapsmarker marker=”10″] This route is the easiest way to the summit of 9,131-foot Mt. Shuksan. The trail starts on the Shannon Ridge trail, which follows a creek through forest before zigzagging up to crest the ridge. Follow the ridge to a steep pass that leads onto Shuksan’s southern flank. Traverse northeast to reach the Sulphide […]
  • Skyline Divide trail - [mapsmarker layer=”9″] Starting off on USFS Road 37, Skyline Divide offers supreme, 360 degree views for a moderate effort. With wildflowers, berries and spectacular scenery it’s no wonder this is one of the most popular hikes in the Mt. Baker area. From the trailhead, climb steadily for two miles through forest and enter the Mt. […]
  • Heliotrope Ridge - [mapsmarker marker=”37″] Heliotrope ridge is known locally as a mecca of early season backcountry skiing, because high-elevation slopes are easily accessible from the car. That is, they are accessible when the road is open. Glacier Creek Road is currently closed a few miles shy of the trailhead, but the road is scheduled to be reopened […]
  • Winchester Mountain lookout - [mapsmarker marker=”36″] This beautifully restored lookout is set in a stunning location atop Winchester Peak. The trail starts out between the Twin Lakes and soon enters the Mt. Baker Wilderness. After about .25 miles you’ll reach a junction with High Pass Trail; bear left. A mile in, you’ll reach a steeper snow patch that should […]
  • Mt. Baker – Coleman Deming Route - October, 2008. The Coleman Deming route is the standard route up Mt. Baker. It requires glacier travel and some crevasse navigation depending on the time of year...
  • Ptarmigan Ridge hike: 9-14-13 - Ptarmigan Ridge hike: 9-14-13 TR Courtesy Mount Baker Club Nine members departed Excelsior Group C.G. at around 9:15 am and carpooled to Artist Point. We passed Lake Ann parking area and it was totally filled up. Artist point had a slough of cars but still lots of room for more. The U.S Forest service had […]

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