For this Day, planned several days in advance, with weather forecast showing it to be a good day to get out. Forecast turned bad and showed rain by Friday. We went ahead and a dry day on Saturday, except for the last 10 minutes of llight snow and light rain.
Blair and Miranda met me at the Bromley IGA Store south of the border, SUMAS Washington. Lineup delayed me, so met them both at 8 am. After a brief discussion; on which area to go to , Welcome Pass or the skii resort closer to Mt. Shuskhan, we chose the later.
Blair drove, and we drove up the Mt. Baker, passed the Hannegan Pass Road and continued up the fork which has the huge metal Raven statue mounted on a rock wall.
We snowshoed up, what started as an ugly churned up bed of dirt and snow chunks, guess the operators were starting to clear the road to some kind of installation on the top of the first knoll. View of Mt. Shuskhan from this spot is great.
Up from here we continued to follow the access road bed, then up a steep slope direct and intersected with the Chir Lift Line and followed it all the way to the top.
Here are a few small sheds, one perhaps a control shack ?
Great View towards Shuskhan
Then beyond, up a very steep slope to the top of hill overlooking this lift:
Lot of snow on top of this hill, Miranda does the victory summit thing...
Great Views.... start with the overlook over Artist Point, Panarama dome, Mt. Skii Lodger area, and the mountains to the west towards Mt. Baker
Lots of zoom shots:::
Panarama Dome (hi zoom)
McGuire to the north ?
Time to head down, to get out a cold biting wind and final a sheltered place for lunch:
The Chairlift below as we descend...
Mt. Shuskhan there is a dark area, @ zoom we see what looked like a piece of Glacier had broken off
Here is a shot of Goat Mountain, we recognize the partly treed slope facing us, plus the steeper empty snow expanse above.
Came across one of the many trail signs showing your location on the skii slopes, YOU ARE HERE.
Dropped down close to the Chalet, checking its side facing the skii slopes we ascended on our way up. We had to navigate around mud and lots of Churned up debris freshly disturbed today.... obviously the operators look like they want to clear the snow off for whatever reason. Why dig up the snow when it will melt anyway ?
For the Day we completed 9 km return, from 9:30 am to 1:45 pm; including lunch - 4.25 hours.
Elevation gain 630 meters; from low of 1002 meters by the vehicle, and 1632 meters on our high point of the ridge.