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  • 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 […]
  • WCLS virtual events feature record-setting thru-hiker - Record-setting Pacific Crest Trail hiker Heather Anderson is giving a series of online talks and discussions for the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) that’s already underway. The next one, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, is “Thru-Hiking 101.” Anderson’s 2019 book, “Thirst: 2,600 miles to home,” is WCLS’s 2020 selection for Read and Share, the […]
  • After years of change Gear Aid is spreading its philosophy of gear care and repair - By Oliver Lazenby For people who use Gear Aid products, Pat Kennedy’s first experience with the company may sound familiar. The first time he wore his $300 Mountain Hardwear puffy coat – the first nice puffy coat he ever owned – his dog jumped on him and tore a one-inch rip in the synthetic fabric. […]
  • Weekend Warrior(ing): Finding balance and crossing the line - Story and photo by David Gladish We left Seattle after work at 5 p.m. on a Friday in February, eager to find ice that was still “in” before the ice climbing season disappeared. We pulled into Lillooet, B.C. at 1 a.m. the next day and climbed all day Saturday and Sunday, only to turn around […]
  • 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 […]

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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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