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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-25-2012, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Default On the flanks of Mount Larabee - September 22

Piika was in the mist at Baker on Saturday - we were fortunate enough to get above it for at least part of the day at High Pass. This is one of my favourite Baker hikes; for some reason it is not heavily used, making for a relatively peaceful Baker experience.

When we reached Twin Lakes visibility was about 10 feet. The High Pass trail has the same trailhead as Winchester, but we soon turned off and left the hordes behind. The trail descends initially along a slope where the snow always lingers late, and as a result there are still glorious flowers in September.

Soon the mists started to swirl around, and quite frequently swirl away.

The trail switchbacks up a steep slope to Low Pass.

Some scenes as we climbed from Low Pass to High Pass.

The clouds pouring over the slopes across the valley looked like waterfalls.

After High Pass the trail becomes fainter as you start to climb up the flanks of Larabee, switchbacking across scree and heather.

It culminates on a ridge on the side of Larabee with great views to the Pleiades, Winchester, Tomyhoi, Shuksan and beyond.

Larabee from the high point.

Looking back at the trail between Low and High Passes.

On the way back down we took time to enjoy the fall colours. Very few blueberries on Baker this year - boo!

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-25-2012, 01:16 PM
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Great report, this one certainly interested in doing some time.

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Thanx for bringing back memories of a wonderful scramble I did up Larrabee some years ago.
One of my favourites.
I followed the snow pack up right in your pic and cut left off it to gain the top end of the ridge which is center in your picture and scrambled to the summit. Then came down the left side in a gully out of sight.

The gully I came down is a easy route that can be taken up to the summit instead of taking the climbers route that mostly stays close to the left ridge in your picture.

The easy gully is the second one west of the left ridge in your picture. Just in case you want to try for the summit some time. If you do wear a helmit of some sort because the mountain has alot of loose rock on it.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 01:56 PM
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This certainly looks like a wonderful hike, worth exploring. Lots of colour still and great views ... Thank you for sharing!
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Loving these reports on Larrabee! You've taken some beautiful shots and have inspired me to check this hike out! Many thanks.
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