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Default Mt.Baker: Welcome Pass to Excelsior Wildflowers Jul.07.19

This trip was planned months in advance, and to time the hike to realize the maximum view of wildflowers. With the topography, snowmelt, and slopes on the mountain. Flowers may already be mature and dead by start of June, or just springing up fresh late in July. Five of us did this traverse hike; one vehicle parked at the Excelsior TH, and the other at Welcome Pass TH. we hiked up the 4 km (850 m) gain to Welcome Pass, hiked the ridge for 8 km, and descended more than 1000 meters to reach the TH & Parking lot by the Mt. Baker HIghway. Cloud & mist, late afternoon mist turned into light rain. close to NIL views, but the flowers were gorgeous. The photos attached speak largely for themselves. we found the first flowers past the 3/4 mark of Welcome Pass trail. Hike took us 7-3/4 hours including lunch and numerous photo breaks to do 19 km with 1250 meters elevation gain estimate.

Trailhead for Welcome Pass:
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Trail Info - Excelsior
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Topog Map - of the trail: our route went from right to left, check dashed line which represents the trail.
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Also this spectacular waterfall.

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Mostly flower pictures, and a few along trail and of the forest:



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Nice one Karl, we went to Welcome Pass a few years ago and enjoyed the area. After that I had thought of stashing bikes at Welcome TH and hiking up Excelsior trail and doing the same hike clockwise, but like so many other ideas we haven't got around to it yet.
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Nice one Karl, we went to Welcome Pass a few years ago and enjoyed the area. After that I had thought of stashing bikes at Welcome TH and hiking up Excelsior trail and doing the same hike clockwise, but like so many other ideas we haven't got around to it yet.

Thank you Martin. Also have good hike plan ideas, some never happen, and others take a long time to realize. This hike traverse was idea and plan which came up in 2015.

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Hi karl
My wife and I did this hike(about a week ago) based on your awesome trail report. We did this from the opposite end. Took the Damfino lakes trailhead. What a beautiful hike!! One word of caution though, there is a part of the road on the way up that is eroding quite badly. Not sure if the parks service is going to repair it.
Thanks again for your pictures and report.
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Hi karl
My wife and I did this hike(about a week ago) based on your awesome trail report. We did this from the opposite end. Took the Damfino lakes trailhead. What a beautiful hike!! One word of caution though, there is a part of the road on the way up that is eroding quite badly. Not sure if the parks service is going to repair it.
Thanks again for your pictures and report.

Thank you Crash; wonderful to know you hiked this beautiful area. Damfino Lakes is certainly the easiest way to get up there. I also noticed that crumbly section in the road, I think they are aware of even though it took two years for the park service to see the road repaired after that serious washout.

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