Washington State TR's never really do that well, but that okay I only do TR's to have a personal log of the trips I've done. Guntis was up here not too long ago and a quick message about the road let me know it would be fine for a Lincoln Navigator. That's the beauty of Clubtread and Trip Reports, we need to keep the community alive and beta flowing!
Me and Caren managed to sneak in a few good weather late summer days down in the Twin Lake area. We rolled through the Sumas border at about 11:30pm, the border guy was pretty cool, and I'm sure he knew we were sneaking some fruit in. That worked out well, and god bless America for the land of cheap gas and buying 12 beers at around midnight from a gas station. We stopped in glacier and paid our 10 dollars parking fee, which is well worth it since the money seems to actually go towards the parks. We drove the Lincoln Navigator to the upper lake at Twin Lakes and parked the car at around 2am.
We awoke snug as a bug at around 7am and fired up the stove for some instant oatmeal and some Bailey's and coffee. I must admit it's a great way to start a day.
My parents used to take me camping here when I was young and it brought back alot of memories. This area is probably #1
for what it offers to me. Anyways we followed the pristine trail towards High Pass with our objective Mt. Larrabee off in the distance. Here is Caren representing the B.C. Ferries even though most people despise us
We entered the basin and gaining the ridge was abit of a shit show, it's steep and loose and compact scree. Definitely the worst part of the trip is gaining the ridge.
Once on the ridge we hit the gully, I gave her the helmet and we proceeded up the giant loose red mountain.
Lower down it was loose, but if you actually searched out the solid rock it was pretty enjoyable
This was by far the loosest crap of a mountain I've taken her on, she had to work through a few mental hurdles, but as soon as the summit block was in sight she took the helmet off and made a dash for it.
Soon enough we were both on top of Larrabee. This photo was taken when my dad dragged me up there when I was probably in grade 8
I really enjoy seeing how happy people get when they get to the top, for me it's kinda just like meh okay! but I'm happy to see people stoked on summits.
Heading down of course I found a different gully and not by choice, just made things alittle more spicy to get to the trail but still all smiles.
Hiking out was amazing because of the fall colours in the North Cascades and there were some blueberries still to be picked.
We made it to camp, cracked open some beers, cranked the tunes, I wandered around looking for wood for about 40 minutes and managed to have a pretty decent fire even though some other guy across the way who kept offering us chopped wood that he brought up from Bellingham. My ego won out and we didn't need pre chopped wood. LOVE TWIN LAKES!