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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Default Bear Paw Mountain & Church Lake - June 23/19

This was a mountain area I had wanted to hike 3 years ago, but had to wait until Canyon Creek Road was re-opened. Today we turned off onto Spur Road #3160 , 16 km from Mt. Baker Highway. Trailhead and parking is a further 6 to 7 km up the spur road.

We parked, one other truck was there. Our immediate observation, this trail started out rather steep and gained some elevation rather quickly all the way to Church Lake.

Rain was in the forecast, but fortunately day largely was dry except for one brief spatter of rainshowers. Was a cool 5 - 6"C, and mountain top cloud fogged us in for much of the time beyond the lake. We did enjoy the brief sunny period. We had microspikes, and crampons would have been better... Had to do a sliding walk to remove soft upper layer of snow, so we could have microspikes contact the hard underlying snowbase for grip and safe navigation -sidehilling steep snow slopes.

A short hike 6km return with near 400 -450 meters net elevation gain.

Our route is marked in red in atttached map image.

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On the drive up the road...

Just entered onto Canyon Creek Road from Mt. Baker Highway.....Click image for larger version

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At 17 km from highway... take right on fork with "this sign": -Click image for larger version

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6 - 7 km in, there is small parking lot... where trail leads off at south end (no info board here)....Click image for larger version

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Trail has some steep sections, and there were patchy snow.
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Came to rise, just north of lake... we needed to take left down to lake, locate trail..
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Hiked along east shore.....Click image for larger version

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Someone had made a campfire, right on trail in between two trees , and right on their roots. Thoughtless people..
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Up ahead, at south-east corner.. two adults, a toddler, and 3 domestic goats ? (or Alpacas?) with bells tied to their necks..

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From there we took south bearing - hiked (microspikes needed) along east lip of bowl to ridge at back... then hike in ascending traverse up...

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View back behind us, to lake.....Click image for larger version

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The destination, a small peak on a long ridge which leads to Church Mountain eventually.
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The Bearpaw 'narrow' sharp ridges...
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At the summit our lunch spot...
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Snow, partial open meadow..
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Gnarled dead tree, below - our route up to this point.
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Heading back down....Click image for larger version

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taking a different route back, down steep slope for a direct move.
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We are above south shore of Church Lake...Click image for larger version

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Reflections:
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On way out, here is a small meadow looking back to the south:

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gnarled dead tree, below - our route up to this point.
You're developing an eye for seeing things; makes the photograph more interesting.
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Thanks Karl, I've enjoyed your last couple of reports from the Canyon road, I will have to check it out soon.
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Thanks Karl, I've enjoyed your last couple of reports from the Canyon road, I will have to check it out soon.
This is a great area indeed; new areas and the easiest route up to Excelsior from there, there is one more hike to undertake which we have not done as yet...


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