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  • Lowland hikes to explore in the winter months - Guide and photos by Tony Moceri With winter upon us, our hiking situation has changed. Snow in the Cascades makes access to many of our favorite trails inaccessible or into a snow sport. Short of strapping on some cross-country skis or snowshoes, Mt. Baker’s most iconic trails are cut off from a typical hike with […]
  • Family hikes in Canada’s North Cascades - By Stephen Hui Gorgeous scenery abounds in the North Cascades on both sides of the border. However, some epic trails may be a tad ambitious for parents with little ones. Fortunately, we also have trails that are easy on effort and big on reward. Here are three delightfully kid-friendly hikes in Canada’s North Cascades. Reminders: […]
  • Hiking in the Anthropocene - Tonasket to Snoqualmie Pass Story and photos by Kasey Bell After turning 59, I began thinking that I should celebrate turning 60 by spending 60 days in the wilderness. I decided to break free from my usual linear and circular styles of hiking and try to do more of a freestyle meander between resupply points. […]
  • Cannabis Q&A - Benefits and recommendations for using cannabis outdoors By Ian Haupt Going into the summer hiking season, we asked budtenders from Blaine area dispensaries Birch Bay Budz, Dank of America and Buds Garage how they would recommend using their products while out on the trail. Questions and answers were edited for length and clarity. (Editor’s note: […]
  • Roy’s picnic table - By Tony Moceri On a late winter day in March, Mother Nature teased an early spring offering: A beautiful day that reminds all of us from the Pacific Northwest why we live here. My good friend Casey Diggs and I had unfinished business with a trail we had hiked last summer. Known by locals as […]
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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 […]

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  • Lowland hikes to explore in the winter months - Guide and photos by Tony Moceri With winter upon us, our hiking situation has changed. Snow in the Cascades makes access to many of our favorite trails inaccessible or into a snow sport. Short of strapping on some cross-country skis or snowshoes, Mt. Baker’s most iconic trails are cut off from a typical hike with […]
  • 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...

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