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Default Mt. Baker - Railway Grade Jul.21/18

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

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Trailhead and bridge over creek

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Early flat and meadowy part of hike..

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Crossing the creek rubble barrier

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Trail with log reinforced slope ..

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Trail in the meadows heading up, with views of mountains behind, and ahead to Mt. Baker
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Trail fork, left to Park Butte, right up to Railway Grade.. tents parked too
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Start the ascending Morrainal crest trail (Railway Grade) and beyond..
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Flowers typical of the meadows here
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another trail fork...
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further ahead up the railway trail....
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Heather growth on slope below trail.

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Large group ahead taking pause..
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Terrain gets more snow-covered, patchy rock and snow travel..

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approaching our lunch spot.........................................Click image for larger version

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MT. Baker main snow and glacier covered area

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TWIN SISTERS...
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Tents overlooking a glacier..
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High point of our hike..
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One of the best rock cairns
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Lower toe of glacier, plenty of melt..
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Meadows sloping down, lots of wildflowers...
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Tired group of climbers on way up
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Rock boulders , large ones perched on steep top edge of morraine ridge, trail runs through and by
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Crossing back on the bridge
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Lush growth in a shady spot by a small stream..
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The meadows .. just 10 minutes away from returning to the parking lot.
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At the point of our hike, you could follow this rock ridge a little further if you do not like snow and ice
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Hiking buddies getting ready to conclude the day and head down.

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Looks like a great place to spend a Saturday! I have not spent much time in the Mt. Baker area, hopefully will fix that soon.
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Looks like a great hike and you got some pretty awesome views! Hadn't heard of this one before, I'll have to check it out some time.

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