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.
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
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)