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KARVITK 06-19-2019 02:00 PM

Mt. Baker - Damfino Lake to Excelsior Jun.16.19
 
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Excellent day, made it to Excelsior from Damfino Lake Trailhead. 9 km return with 520 meters net elevation gain.... Total time of 5 hours 15 minutes included 1 hour for lunch, and a few other small breaks...

Nice easy trail, with snow nicely consolidated with a soft 2 to 3 cm upper layer. Ziff brought his crampons which were handy; Wilf and I did not, and we managed to keep on the snow without slipping by carefully angling our boot prints into the snow on sloping sections.

Note the last image, map; shows our route marked in orange.

After we returned to trailhead we decided we needed a second adventure; discussed Boundary Trail and recon for Bearpaw.

Photos:

Canyon Creek Road is accessible, as viewed from Damfino Lake Trailhead
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Part of the trail before Damfino Lake, then Damfino Lake.

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10 minutes past lake, still patchy snow

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Snow cover increased, and depth as well... up to an intermediate hill, north facing here
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Trail into forest snow free all the way to major meadow leading up to Excelsior.
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Snow cover increased further, almost continuous as go into ravine area, before ascending to saddle west of Excelsior
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At Excelsior Summit snow free; flowers grow to snow boundary..
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Some views...................
BEARPAW Mountain to west.
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Mt. Baker with summit cloud wrap
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Table Mountain to south
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Views east into Hannegan Valley, Ruth Mountain Visible.
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Lunch done, we return taking west slope down from Excelsior.
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Getting by beautiful Damfino Lake on way back:
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MAP OF ROUTE: -
shows Damfino Lake TH to Excelsior in orange.....Attachment 267534

treord8 06-20-2019 12:11 PM

Nice report, Karl. Looks like you had some good weather, and those glacier lilies are really blooming! Thanks for sharing.

martin 06-21-2019 11:16 AM

Great pictures, what a contrast between the north and south sides of the hills!

KARVITK 06-22-2019 02:03 PM

Thank you Treord8 and martin for your compliments; the flowers are out and showing off their colours. As the season progresses, I can anticipate more flowers to appear on ground being vacated by melting snow. North and south side contrasts are certainly a tonic to view.


K


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