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  • B.C. prohibits logging, but not mining, in Skagit River headwaters - By Oliver Lazenby More than a year after clearcut logging in a remote area outside E.C. Manning Provincial Park in B.C. drew attention from leaders on both sides of the border, the B.C. government announced that it will no longer allow logging in the area. B.C. forest minister Doug Donaldson said on December 4 the […]
  • Following Footsteps: Climbing Rainier in gear from a famous 1963 expedition - By Andrew Waite About halfway across the Cowlitz Glacier, one of my crampons fell off for the first time. It loosened again on Cathedral Gap and then fell off on Ingraham Flats. From the front of our rope team, my guide’s headlamp beam swiveled toward me. “Let’s fix it at the first break,” Steve said. […]
  • Book Excerpt: David Guterson’s “Turn Around Time” - David Guterson, famous for his best-selling 1994 novel “Snow Falling on Cedars,” has always been drawn to mountains. Guterson, 63, has channeled that passion into a recently published book-length narrative poem, “Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest.” The title refers to that point in an adventure when you must head for […]
  • Community-built hut is the first of three in the Whistler backcounty -  By Lisa Pulsifer Just beyond the chairlifts and busy slopes of Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort lies over 750 square miles of protected land encompassing jagged peaks, deep valleys, glaciers, rivers and lakes. Multi-day backcountry exploration beyond the confines of the ski resort has been limited to the committed few. That changes this season. The community-built, […]
  • Three urban hikes in Anacortes -                   Story and photos by Brandon Fralic Urban hikes are having a moment. It seems everywhere you turn, there’s a book, magazine article (ahem) or website touting the benefits of urban hiking. And for good reason: these backyard trails are accessible for nearly all ages and abilities. […]
  • Local adventure race team wins nat’l champs, update on Galbraith parking lot, and more news briefs - Bellingham adventure race team wins national championships Bellingham-based Quest Adventure Race Team won the U.S. Adventure Race Association National Championship in Boone, North Carolina on September 27-28. The race required teams to travel an unfamiliar landscape on foot, by bike and through water while using a paper map and compass to navigate complicated terrain. The […]
  • Logging and proposed mining in B.C. headwaters threaten the Skagit River - Story and photos by Oliver Lazenby Before we see our destination, we smell it. We’re walking a new logging road through an ancient forest; the trees are beginning to get smaller with elevation. The road follows Smitheram Creek, a tributary to the Skagit River, into an alpine bowl in the Canadian North Cascades. The citrusy […]
  • Postcard from Brandywine Mountain, in a sea of peaks in the Coast Mountains - Story and photos by Hannah Singleton In the southwestern corner of British Columbia, lost in the Coast Range, lays a blocky, granite summit: Brandywine Mountain. It’s one among hundreds, seemingly indistinct in a swirling sea of jagged peaks as far as the eye can see. Despite its remote nature, this peak is accessible by a […]
  • Unwind the effects of hiking with a heavy pack - By Luca Williams In the time I’ve known my husband, he’s only ever gone backpacking, reluctantly, with our oldest son or myself. When I plan a trip, he rolls his eyes at my love of walking for miles with a heavy load on my back. He asks what the point is of sleeping on the […]
  • 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 […]

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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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