Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Pitt Meadows, BC, Canada.
Interest: Hiking, scrambling and mountaineering.
Off to Baker Area ... Artist Point, Huntoon Point, Panorama Dome and then down Gunners Bowl and Lower Canucks Delux (not a typo) to Raven Hut as my first exploratory hike/snowshoe in this area.
I have been working on expanding the radius of the hikes again lately and Baker is finally within range. The weather gods were smiling on us so this was a fantastic opportunity to jump across the border and explore.
We grabbed a one day $5 Nation Forest Pass at the machine in Glacier at the Ranger Station to show our support even though I am guessing it is not enforced at the moment since Baker just closed and the spring/summer hiking seasons has not started yet.
The drive up was a gorgeous and relaxing drive meandering through the forest up to the overflow for the Heather Meadows Day Lodge. (you cannot go any further as the road is not plowed to the Artist Point parking until June?)
We snowshoed a b-line to Artist Point... over to the eastern end of the ridge connecting to Table Mountain (which was our original plan but looked way too sketchy with sloughing and overhanging snow baked in full sun) so we turned around and went over to Huntoon Point and had lunch taking in the amazing views of Mount Shuksan (also on the hit list this year).
We then dropped back the way we came and took the cat track up the back of Panorama Dome.. dropped off the eastern side towards "The Canyon" and descended a steep double diamond route through the trees to Raven Hut.
We returned to the vehicle via road which was not really part of the plan but still somewhat enjoyable to take in the view on the return trek.
I am itching to explore more of this area in the next couple months but be warned, there are lots of places where releases have already occurred and many more that are just waiting... be cautious in your route selection and please exercise your avalanche awareness skills.
Aside: We can all play "Where is Waldo" and try to find Karl in my photos.. I am sure he is there somewhere
Have fun and stay safe.