This was a great hike completed on Saturday instead of Sunday, the reward was well worth the long 2-1/2 hour drive one way from home to the trailhead.
Despite leaving home about 6:30 am, we did not start the hike until it was nearly 10 am, completed 17 km return in 7 hours including lunch and another extended break. High and low points of elevationas 1020 meters at the parking lot and 2000 meters at the high point where we turned around not far from a rock spiny ridge surrounded by glacier and snow high up.
Nice warm weather, mostly sunny with some cloud made for good picture taking
Trailhead and bridge over creek
Early flat and meadowy part of hike..
Crossing the creek rubble barrier
Trail with log reinforced slope ..
Trail in the meadows heading up, with views of mountains behind, and ahead to Mt. Baker
Trail fork, left to Park Butte, right up to Railway Grade.. tents parked too
Start the ascending Morrainal crest trail (Railway Grade) and beyond..
Flowers typical of the meadows here
another trail fork...
further ahead up the railway trail....
Heather growth on slope below trail.
Large group ahead taking pause..
Terrain gets more snow-covered, patchy rock and snow travel..
approaching our lunch spot.........................................
MT. Baker main snow and glacier covered area
Tents overlooking a glacier..
High point of our hike..
One of the best rock cairns
Lower toe of glacier, plenty of melt..
Meadows sloping down, lots of wildflowers...
Tired group of climbers on way up
Rock boulders , large ones perched on steep top edge of morraine ridge, trail runs through and by
Crossing back on the bridge
Lush growth in a shady spot by a small stream..
The meadows .. just 10 minutes away from returning to the parking lot.