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Default Mt. Baker - Skyline Divide Oct.28/17

This trip was a hike offering four outdoor club, RMOC in Maple Ridge, B.C. Six of us got together a shared the experience of Skyline Divide, and enjoyed a remarkably warm day in the alpine.

We got a cloudless day and expected cold chilly temperatures to start, however it was +10'C at the parking lot at 9:45 am. One hour later hiking up to the alpine it was already 14'c, and our afternoon closed at +20'C at an elevation of 1780 meters , which is truly remarkable and to see the snow had mostly melted away.
There was spectacular awesome beauty,with 360' views from our lunch spot and from the next ridge hill top after that, beyond the end of the official Skyline Divide trail. Three of us made it to the tarn at the foot of Chowder Ridge. 19 km return to the tarn, and netted about 900 meters net elevation gain.
From a late start at 9:45 am, returned to the car by 4:45 pm for a 7 hour day which included extended lunch break and lots of photo op stops... This trail ranks among my top favourites.

Our group shot right at the trail head...
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Hike up the trail with bare meadows most of the way up, until the snow man...
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From the start of the ridge walk to the far end and back....
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Nice pix and report - surprised to see so little snow! How was the road going up?
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Nice pix and report - surprised to see so little snow! How was the road going up?
I was up there the day before them and the hike was beautiful. I was surprised also by how little snow there was. In some places it was about 8-10 inches deep (sheltered, shaded areas) but out in the open you can see what it was like in the pictures. We had a warm wind that day also, Friday.

As for the for road, it was fine. I would not take a small car though, a little rough in some places. So SUV or better for a vehicle.
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Thank you both your comments and compliments. That last weekend in October was amazingly wam, and a lot of snow melted off then.

This was the last great hike of 2017 for me; one week later I had that stupid fall and hurt my right leg, and still not quite 100% yet.

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Almost healed up. ready for the long recovery to condition for hiking. my limit now about 6 km snowshoe with 200 meters net elevation gain. badly out of shape now.

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I am always adding your hikes to my " to do list". Thanks for the trail reports.
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I am always adding your hikes to my " to do list". Thanks for the trail reports.

Crash you so very much welcome.

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