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  • Go your own pace - Solo backpacking to Wing Lake and Black Peak Story and photos by Skye Schillhammer I spent most of my life hiking, backpacking and exploring the lakes and mountains in the North Cascades. Along with my family and friends, we climbed volcanoes, completed high alpine traverses, fished as many lakes as we could find on the […]
  • Remembering to breathe - Exercises to enhance breathing while backpacking Story and photos by Luca Williams This season I thought about backpacking Copper Lake Loop off Hannegan Pass, but the fire in North Cascades National Park changed my plans. It’s been years since I went there on a solo backpack trip and scared myself silly. I keep wondering if […]
  • Three wildflower hikes in Canada’s North Cascades - By Stephen Hui The fact that hikers flock to wildflower meadows like kids to an ice-cream truck may seem strange to the uninitiated. However, once you’ve glimpsed the kaleidoscopic blooms of the subalpine in summer, there’s no turning back. Fortunately, the North Cascades have no shortage of trails offering admission to the annual flower show. […]
  • Family backpacking trip along Chelan Lakeshore Trail to remote town of Stehekin - Story and photos by Jason Griffith Trail stats Distance: 17 miles, one way Elevation gain: 4,000 feet Max elevation: 1,700 feet Best: Spring or fall, summers are quite hot The drone of the Lady of the Lake faded slowly as we stood on the dock at Prince Creek, fiddling with gear and eating snacks, delaying […]
  • The Miracle Route: An off-trail circumnavigation of Mt. Baker - Story and photos by Krissy Moehl September 4, 2019 Janet starts to rock a bit and I let off the gas as the potholes deepen. Having turned off the paved road in my van (my family has an affinity for naming inanimate objects), this final stretch to the Ridley Creek Trailhead jogs my memory. I’ve […]
  • Tracking moose in the Alaska Range - Ryan Duclos’s new photo book, “Unseen Alaska,” tells a story of a 14-day moose hunt in the wild Alaskan backcountry, from sweeping views of the tundra and peaks of the snowcapped Alaska Range to the raw ritual of the hunt. In this excerpt, he offers a glimpse into a family’s tradition of tracking and hunting […]
  • Hiking, biking, running and paddling at B.C.’s Lake of 1,000 Colors - Story and photos by Craig Romano I’m not sure if it’s the ample sunshine, pine-scented golden hills adorned in wildflowers, wide-open spaces, or the immense 80-mile long sparkling Okanagan Lake that draws me to British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley every year. Probably a combination of them all, coupled with the region’s miles of excellent hiking trails, […]
  • Blue Steel: The birth of Transition Bikes’ new mega jump line on Galbraith -     By Skye Schillhammer Photos by Oliver Parish Blue Steel started as a glimmer of an idea that seemed too far-fetched to even happen. But from the idea’s inception to breaking ground only a week later, everything fell into place and this dream became reality.  As winter approached in December 2019, Transition Bikes had […]
  • Finding the trail less traveled - By Hannah Singleton I was hiking in the hills outside Bellingham when I arrived at what I thought would be a trail junction. Instead, the overgrown logging road dead-ended and I grabbed my phone and clicked on the Gaia GPS app. My orange triangle icon sat on the straight black line, directly adjacent to a […]
  • Using nature to stay present in the time of Covid-19 - By Lisa Pulsifer Many residents of the Pacific Northwest have regular access to nature and it’s become a widely acknowledged fact that time spent outdoors is good for our mental health. So, what happens when our access is revoked? The Covid-19 lockdown made me realize just how much I was taking for granted my proximity […]

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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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