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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-24-2003, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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I went up to Heliotrope Ridge today, hoping to get as close as I could from Baker. Trailhead starts at 3700 feet. I went up to 6100 feet. The trail I took disappeared around 5700 feet. The last part was kind of scary when coming down... very loose rocks on a very steep grade.

There are many possibilities when going up on the ridge. I took a side trail on the right side of the fourth stream as suggested in my "Don't waste your time in the North Cascades" book. I think I should have tried the left side instead for better views. Or having more time, you could do both.

Anyways, I had nice weather and a wonderful day. I took me around 2 hours to go up. Total hiking time including breaks: 4 1/2 hours.

The trail starts in a wonderful quiet forest. It is an easy trail, not too steep and very well maintained. You have to cross 4 major streams (without bridge) to get on the ridge.



The first views when getting out of the forest are very nice...


The third stream is the hardest to cross. My poles definitely helped me there.


The fourth stream is the widest, but easily passable. I took a trail on the right side to go up. When coming back down, I crossed it and went on that big rock for a lookout view.



I also noticed a trail going up on the right side of the stream that might be better...

Looking back north:


From the trail I took, Baker was hidden, but I could see the climbers route. Look at the small cascade coming out of the snow (bottom left)


Cascades are everywhere up there:


Views from the big rock when I came down:


Wonderful day! [8D]

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Awesome pictures Martin and what a great day for you!

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Very nice Martin. What a great day for it too. Wish I had your fortune with weather. How long did it take you to drive to the trailhead?

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Wow what a great work-out. Nice shots Martin, good thing you didn't go for a swim in that third crossing.


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Best time to cross that last stream is definitely early in the morning. By mid afternoon it's a problem. If you take the climber's route and head left near the top of the hogback ridge, it's a little easier to cross as well.

Yep, those loose rocks on covering that rocky bluff just above Surveyor's Rock can be sketchy, especially coming down.


Looks like you had a nice day up there. It's an awesome hike eh?

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Wow, looks like a great way to spend a day. While the pictures you took are fantastic, I'm sure they don't do justice to the views you experienced. All in all, sounds like an excellent trip!

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quote:How long did it take you to drive to the trailhead?
It took me 2.5 hours from downtown Vancouver (waited 30 min at the border), and 2 hours coming back (no wait at the border). Not that bad, it's about the same as going to Whisler.

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love that last shot of Baker. This has been on my to-do list for a while and I never seem to get to it, sigh. Thanks for the vicarious experiences.

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Beautiful pictures! I can't wait for next year for hikes to the states!

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Great trip report and photos.

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