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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-01-2017, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Default Highline Divide - Welcome Pass Jun.28/17

This trip was planned and executed on the 2nd anniverary of my trip; 2 years ago there was barely any trace of snow then. It was a veritable flower garden paradise in 2015, and Jane Beighton was my hiking partner then.

Today Wayne Henderson joined me; I was curious about snow conditions; wanted to see how much and how the flowers fared.

Found the best areas for dense and profolic flowering in 2015, was still covered in 2 - 3 feet of snow now in 2017. There are bare areas with patches of flowers; but a far cry from what we saw in 2015. Need to come back here in 4 - 5 weeks to view these flowers then.

Net elevation gain was about 1150 meters from car to top of Eastern Ridge, and add in the ascent to the western parts. Estimate distance 15 km return; 7-1/2 hours including two major breaks for lunch...

Note snow is well consolidated, a soft top layer of 2 cm to 10 cm on top of the hard semi-frozen layer below. Boot kicking in side of snow banks around tree wells found what felt like solid ice below.

The day was totally beautiful, and it was very difficult to leave our second lunch break site; ... so beautiful , serene, and warm...

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From Car parked & Trailhead to reach Welcome Pass, Meadows:
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From Meadow to Eastern Ridge of Highline Divide:

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Travel to area west of Welcome Pass and then return back to trail in forest..
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So much snow still! One of my favourite areas, but I like the less arduous approach, coming up from Canyon Creek road via Damfino Lakes. Lovely to see all those glacier lilies in your photos.
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Nice to see a report from Welcome Pass! Have to head back there soon.
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Susied, I agree... coming up from Canyon Creek Road cuts off half of the elevation gain. Did that approach one with a group, and very much enjoyed as a less strenuous effort.

Martin, it is fabulous up there...... despite the extensive snow cover, there are still islands free of snow which have flowers.

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Unfortunately, access from the Damfino Lakes trail head is no longer possible as the Canyon Creek Road has been washed out for more than a year. So it's either Welcome Pass or Excelsior Pass to get to High Divide; going up one and coming down the other makes for one of the most spectacular traverses in the Mt. Baker area that can be done as a day hike. My best hike last summer! Thanks for your report, Karl, can't wait to get back there.
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Thanks Hedda, drove up a bit Canyon Creek Road after our Table Mountain hike. And saw the signs. I am somewhat disappointed that the road still has not been repaired. Saw some "at work" signs; wondering if they are a sign of work being done on it ?

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Thanks for the trip report Karl...as usual you just put another hike on my bucket list. Planning on doing more in the Baker area.
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Thanks for the trip report Karl...as usual you just put another hike on my bucket list. Planning on doing more in the Baker area.
You are welcome, Crash. Not many hikes I have not done in the north Baker area; looking at going south this summer.

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Thanks Hedda, drove up a bit Canyon Creek Road after our Table Mountain hike. And saw the signs. I am somewhat disappointed that the road still has not been repaired. Saw some "at work" signs; wondering if they are a sign of work being done on it ?

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According to the official Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest website, there is no budget to do any repairs on Canyon Creek Road or the road to Skyline Divide in 2017.
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According to the official Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest website, there is no budget to do any repairs on Canyon Creek Road or the road to Skyline Divide in 2017.

That certainly is grim news. Stopped at the ranger station, and notice says scheduled repairs for year 2018; so we get to wait another year before we can use that road, and enjoy that Damfino Lakes trailhead.

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