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Default Chain Lakes & Table Mountain Sept.18/16

This hike was one of our scheduled Ridge Meadows Outdoor hikes I set up and volunteered to Lead. There were four of us who took part in this trip; Ziff, Wil, KJ, and myself. Thank you all for coming to make this a fine day. Rain was in the forecast, but this improved........and actually the day was totally dry for our hike, and we got a fair bit of sunshine amongst the clouds and table top fog.

Abbotsford was the starting point around 7:30 am; and ended up starting the hike after 10 am; on our way we had a stop at the lookout (Austin Pass) near the visitor center. To enjoy the beauty of the meadows, Table Mountain, etc.

From the Artist Point Parking Lot; we hiked down the Wild Goose Trail to return to the lookout and just pass by the information center; over the stone bridge spanning the creek draining the largest of the Baglie Lakes.. and then westward towards the pass Table Mountain - Mt. Herman

It was that kind of day where three of us took hundreds of pictures.... so limited to adding a few here.

Stats: chain Lake loop, 280 meters elevation loss from the parking lot, gained 360 meters to the pass overlooking Iceberg Lake, then drop 200 meters and regain less than 100 to return along the south of Table Mountain. 12 km return., 5 hours return including lunch and many stops, plus 1/2 hour wasted to run back and retrieve my forgotten GPS.

Stats: Table Mountain, 130 meters elevation gained quickly and then a further 80 meters more to the summit of Table Mountain at its west end. 4 km return - 1 & 1/2 hours.

PHOTOS - CHAIN LAKES LOOP

The small tarn before you get to the Visitor Center


TRAIL Route MAP


View to distant Mountain, adjacent to pass overlooking Iceberg lake, and Visitor Center lower right.
This is where hike to ..on way down from Artist Point


The Viewpoint


Lower, smaller Baglie Lakes Chain


Pleasant trail, meadow below the Visitor Center


The Stone Bridge & Its Arches


Crossing this bridge


Trademark "Mt. Baker Wilderness" sign


Table Mountain - its northern ridge extension


View of Iceberg Lake from that high pass


Iceberg lake @ foot of the Table Mountain (NW corner)


Open Meadow above the lake, and the view of the Iceberg lake




Hayes Lake nearby, to the north by 100 meters



ICEBERG LAKE as viewed from its SW Shore



Mazama Lakes and adjacent camping ground area


Table Mountain NW corner high point viewed from west perimter trail beyond the lakes



Interesting - columnar & hexagonal basalt rock formation



Trail skirting south of Table Mountain




Rock formation shaped like bleacher steps, or a Roman Amphitheatre



From here... we headed back to the parking lot for a brief stop, leaving most of our gear in the vehicle. I switched from my heavy pack to a light pack, and onward to Table Mountain we go.
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Photos of ascent to Table Mountain, and exploration of its plateau.

Table Mountain well visited by old and young alike...


Forest we trek through to Table Mountain


Trail Steps of columnar basaltic rock


Ascending the steep trail, wide path


Great retaining wall


Great view of Artist Point, Parking Lot


Top of Cliff look down to part of Baglie Lake


A glassy Tarn in the rim-forest meadow


View down to lower slopes below Table Mountain, behind the trees


Forest on Table Mountain, like a strip on the rim



View South, west to Mtn where Ptmarigan Trail starts



General lay of terrain; rock talus rubble


One of many snow fields still present



Zoom view to Coleman Pinnacle


NW Corner of Table Mountain, plus near top - tarns


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Hiking is what keeps you young of mind and heart. When the going gets tough, the tough get going..............

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we just spent a few days at Glacier doing the same trails, in the fog, rain and wind ... oh well, fun day anyway ... on Sunday we just ambled around Artists Ridge and ptarmigan ridge in the brilliant sunshine. Got a lovely shot of Shuksan. Looks like a fun group you hike with.
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we just spent a few days at Glacier doing the same trails, in the fog, rain and wind ... oh well, fun day anyway ... on Sunday we just ambled around Artists Ridge and ptarmigan ridge in the brilliant sunshine. Got a lovely shot of Shuksan. Looks like a fun group you hike with.
Beautiful picture. Looks like you got the hike in on a really beautiful day.

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