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Default Skyline divide-chowder ridge-hadley peak sept.11/16

This among the Baker area hikes I have set up for group treks, was one of the longer ones and the weather co-operated in large part except for some late day increasing cloudiness.
Chowder Ridge and Hadley Peak were the prime objective destinations; as a followup to my hike to the start of Chowder Ridge last year with Janice and Jane. For this trip five strong hikers joined me in this adsventure; and I thank Mark, Lusia, Rick, Wil, and Blair for their excellent company and sharing in my ambition.

Our group met up in Abbotsford around 6:30 am; and 6:45 am just south of the Border. Though not a long distance, the slow drive in on the gravel branch road off the Mt. Baker Highway was a slow one. It was 8:30 am before we started up the trail. 7:30 pm when we returned back to the parking lot.
1. Official Skyline Ridge trail section is a fantastic ridge walk with great views of Mt. Baker,
2. Section beyond Skyline Ridge Trail descending to a small tarn
3. then Chowder Ridge begins with a sketchy steep section
4. Hadley & and its subpeaks..accessed first from a sidehill approach and then straight up, returning back along the ridge.

Two of us got as far as Hadley's subpeak, four summitted Hadley Peak itself.

I will let the pictures & captions tell the story.

PHOTOS:

Mt.Baker view from Abbotsford: ,. note Hadley Peak at furthest left of Mt. Baker, 2nd pic a bit closer view



Gang at the Trailhead:


Last stand of trees before the meadows, and then we reach the meadows:





Mt. Baker in full view, from about 3 km up the Skyline Traill, and the ridge trail itself



Mt. Baker with Hadley Peak & Chowder Ridge in the foreground, about 5 to 6 km on the trail:



The small tarn at foot of west end of Chowder Ridge




Lunch stop before we ascend the sketchy section of Chowder Ridge


and view of Heliotrope Ridge from our lunch spot:


The front end of Chowder Ridge above the sketchy section


Large snow field on north side of Chowder Ridge:


Chowder Ridge as it ascends towards Hadley Peak



Hadley Peak


Ridge Walking


View through top of a gully notch to slopes below



My pose with Hadley and far ridge in the background


A family group of dwarf trees, tight together but isolated.



Hadley Peak & foreground Chowder Ridge



Twin Sisters Peaks to west, framed by dark overhead cloud thickening overhead



Group of four returning from Hadley Peak, over the grassy ridge





Way down here the steep part and sketchy part to leave Chowder Ridge



Group coming down from the summit of Skyline Divide Ridge trail (official trail)
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A few more pictures..

A last look at Chowder Ridge and Hadley Peak as we return



The green ridge we will hike through to return



Mountain Ranges and forests to the east



Look back at last bump we pased as we hike back.



As the sun settles down in the sky, it beams extra light energy into the forest as we descend, and near the parking lot.





Stats: 24 to 26 km return; net elevation gain from 1200 to 1400 meters depending on the group mileage .

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Great trip report and photos. Looks like jackets and warmer gear worn for a lot of the hike. What was the temperature like?
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Great trip report and photos. Looks like jackets and warmer gear worn for a lot of the hike. What was the temperature like?
Thank you Shawn. Was a great trip, and will scale down for next Sunday with a Baker Chain Lakes trip, regardless rain or shine.

We started out with teashirts; but up on the ridges it got rather windy and chilly. probably near 7 to 10 "C...

had to put on a sweater and a jacket.

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A fine looking day. I like the sun in the trees pic.
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One of my favourite trails, nice trip
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