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 70û 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]
A little grunt, a little grind, a little hike to clear the mind.