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Default Artist Point to Table Mountain afternoon loop

Saturday, Alin and I went down over the border to Bellingham to do a bit of looking around and gear shopping at AAI and REI. We then headed for Artists Point, Heather Meadows, both curious to see how much snow was left since we had been up there in March. Well we drove right to Artists Point parking lot which was totally covered in March, we must have walked over the outhouses, it's just interesting how quickly everything changes within a few months. We had just planned to do a late afternoon hike as our main objective was to pickup some gear we needed for another trip in August. [][^]

From Artists Point parking lot we started up Table Mountain, switch-backing up the short but steep lava cliffs with view of Mount Shuksan, Mt. Baker, Lake Ann from the top. We soaked in all the views then continued on to the other side and butt slide down what Alin thought was a 70รป angle. He took a bit of encouraging at first the snow was wet and icy cold when we sat down and looked at what we were about to slide down, but we both laughed and screamed all the way down, it was a blast. Alin wished he had taken my camera to take video of my butt sliding descent, we will remember that butt slide anyways. To much fun! From the backside of Table Mountain we hiked a bit further and was looking down on the Chain Lakes, Iceberg Lake, Hayes and Mazama after taking in the views from that side we backtracked a little to descent to the lower trail below, taking it easy on all the loose rocks. We returned on the lower Chain Lakes Trails and came to the junction of the Ptarmigan Ridge Trails we went left skirting the lava walls at the base of Table Mountain. One mile back to the parking lot from the Junction, a lot of tourists doing this one mile flat trek to have a closer glimpse of Baker. Who could blame them. It was a lovely cool late afternoon hike to finish a relaxing drive down to the states.

Thanks Alin for joining me. We'll have to go back to do Ptarmigan Ridge to Baker....hint...hint. [8D]








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Nice shots Claire. Any snow around the Chain Lakes? I'm thinking about heading that way and camping at the Lakes this weekend with my 10 year old.

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Very nice Claire and Alin....although your report is incomplete![:0][:0]

(You forgot to mention what new gear you both managed to pick up)


Heheh.. I can see why the place is called Artist's point. I love the pictures of you two just before Baker.
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very nice pictures ! Love that area - looking forward to returning soon
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Nice, how were the bugs?

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Clair...

You might not have got a video of sliding on the snow pack, but I got one about 2 days ago that I can share. It's short and not high quality since I took it on my digital camera, but it documents the fun that is to be had sliding just past table mountain.

We hiked along the ridge for a while and slid down to the second little glacial lake that you pass on the right side of the trail. Drew had a garbage bag, but he lost it on the ride... I just used my butt. It was so hot that I dried out in about 10 minutes. Climbing back up was a bit of a pain without gloves and ice axes, but it was still lots of fun apart from the freezing fingers.

The video is in quicktime... you can watch it here (about a 2 meg download)

I wanted to post some pictures too, but I couldn't get them to resize to thumbs... HTML is off so I can't just code it in. I'll figure it out soon enough I guess.
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Thanks Claire...what a great butt slide...even now I'm laughing[8D][8D]...a bit scary though[8D]...almost vertical at the biginning of the slope.

Great pictures and trip report Claire.

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Ok... I think I figured it out...
I had to upload the files to thumbnail them instead of linking to them on my storage space. Bummer....
Anyone know how I turn HTML on so that I can just code in HTML instad of using forum code and uploading?

Here's the pics from July 18th. Still lots of snow, but much less than even 2 weeks earlier.

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quote:almost vertical at the biginning of the slope
Yeah... only for about 15 feet then it mellows out. It was a bit freaky (my wife decided not to do it) but us boys just couldn't resist. Once you're over the lip you forget all about the steepness... it's a pretty short drop comnpared to the length of the slide. After that you are more concerned with the snow spraying into your face and those ripples from the melting snow that give your butt a pretty good beating.
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Hi Chuck,
This pictures is the Chain Lakes below, the big lake behind Alin is Iceberg Lake there was a few remaining floaters left, but other than that it should be great for camping for nexted weekend. There are patches of snow here and there and snow banks at Artist Point parking lot, but hard wet snow, boot sliding conditions, fun for kids. The meadow flowers are not in full bloom, no blueberries, but it is very green around the lakes. We did not have time to go to the lakes. I'm sure the view back up would have been amazing as we could hear the water and see when I looked over the edge the small waterfalls from all the melting snow dropping to the lake below.

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Nice shots Claire. Any snow around the Chain Lakes? I'm thinking about heading that way and camping at the Lakes this weekend with my 10 year old.

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Nice, how were the bugs?

Hi Hiker Boy,
Not bad at all, I was very surprised. Just at the outhouses in the parking lot. Never noticed them on the trails. Maybe the elevation? No bugs or black winged ants like we saw in March, when we did an overnighter up there? We did not get down to the Chain lakes, which are lower. I wish we had the blue skies, but was still beautiful. We got that quick cool breeze like you just opened the freezer door at Costco. It was very refreshing. Hehehee!

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quote:almost vertical at the biginning of the slope
Yeah... only for about 15 feet then it mellows out. It was a bit freaky (my wife decided not to do it) but us boys just couldn't resist. Once you're over the lip you forget all about the steepness... it's a pretty short drop comnpared to the length of the slide. After that you are more concerned with the snow spraying into your face and those ripples from the melting snow that give your butt a pretty good beating.
Heeheeeheee! Aahh Be, you described the experience so well. Too much fun for us BIG kids. Great mini video too! LOL [8D][}][)]

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Very nice Claire and Alin....although your report is incomplete![:0][:0]
(You forgot to mention what new gear you both managed to pick up)
Heheh.. I can see why the place is called Artist's point. I love the pictures of you two just before Baker.
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Aah, I was bad and up late writting the report, I could not sleep. We were up to no good and we both bought the footprint to our Akto tent that goes under the tent and the vestibule. Alin bought his organic soup that he has been having trouble finding here. I picked up 3 Snow peak titanium pots in a set at REI, good price for titanium.
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Nice pictures Claire. Very inspiring to do some exploring in the Washington Cascades!

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