Mt Baker

 

These are clips of one of the many arresting glaciers emanating from the 10,000 foot summit of Mount Baker in Washington State.  These pictures were taken at the foot of one such glacier from the Heliotrope trail at about 5,000 feet.

A Heliotrope is a pink-purple flower which I don’t think I saw. There were billions of Lupine but they were already past bloom and all the plants had gone to seed.  There were several other varieties for which I don’t know the names.

While in the parking lot, the rain was heavy and being ill prepared, I embarked on the hike anyway.  Fortuitously, the tree canopy protected me from the rain and the trail was relatively dry.  I only encountered rain when I hit some open areas of the trail.

Upon reaching about 5,000 feet in elevation, I was above the clouds and the sun was shining.  Suddenly the weather changed and the clouds and temperature rose.  The clouds quickly ascended and enveloped me.  It seemed like it was about 80 degrees despite being surrounded by ice and I was sweating up a storm.  Before ascending any further I and a few other hikers waited for the clouds to dissipate but they did not.

Not wanting to climb into the clouds, we all decided to call it a day.  I would have loved to hike to the next ridge up in order to see the summit of Baker but the wet rocks, heat and cloud cover made it undesirable.  If you look at a few of my other Washington videos, you’ll see the peak of Baker from a distance.

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