On Friday Stacey and I ventured down south for the weekend. Usual border hassles where they searched my pants, my car, and all our bags. With all that fun outta the way we went down to our trailer which is just off the Mt.Baker Hwy. I was given strict requirements from Stacey that if we were going to climb a mountain it had to have a trail, no bushwacking and not be a marathon day. So with that in mind I decided on Bear Paw mountain. I got the idea from DBlair's TR from 2 years ago
Woke up Saturday morning, drove the Mt.Baker Hwy up to Canyon Creek Road, this is one hell of a back road ( paved majority of the way). Branch 3160 was well marked and in good enough condition that a Subaru made it upto 4700 feet.
1. Bear Paw makes appearance from the road
2. Trail starts right at the end of the road
Straight forward trail, which was loaded with frozen blueberries that were mighty tasty. As we came over a crest we spotted a hunter dressed in orange up above us heading down. Thankfully he didn't pick us off as we were rummaging around in the blueberries [
1. 30 min. approx from the car you arrive at the lake, route starts FAR FAR left up obvious ridge
2. The trail stays to the left and curves right, we took a direct line in the basin to the upper right corner
3. Working way upto ridge crest
4. Summit comes into view and the fun part starts
This ridge had it all, big drops to your right, short fun scrambling sections.
The worst part was probaly this short exposed traverse but after that, the summit was a stones throw away.
There was alittle double summit or as I called it the left paw so I decided to scramble over to it while Stacey sat on the higher one and had lunch.
Random view shots, the weather was perfect and the clouds seemed to hang in all the other valleys and peaks except ours.
Heading down now, alittle action shot promoting imitation lululemons pants [
], Anyways this trip is SUPER SHORT but that's the best part, and the ridge is what makes it worth it.
So aside from the border hassles, hiking in the USA has its benefits. Some of those include places like this with wicked microbrew, cheap gourmet pizzas, better junk food, and getting shitfaced on a bottle of Bushmills Irish whiskey purchased for 17 dollars from the duty free, along with late night fires back at the trailer.