Perfect weather for a fabulous day in the Mt. Baker area, warm sunny day ended with dark clouds late afternoon.
We completed the loop counterclockwise, and we used snowshoes for the entirety of the trip from the parking lot and back.. Paul's GPS recorded 11 km return, with near 600 meters elevation gain, and took 5 hours not including lunch and breaks to complete. Most of the way snow was soft and mushy from the warm sun, hard snow under the top layer give us some point of strength to climb up and/or down.
Our route is marked in orange in the attached map, otherwise we followed the route in red.
Starting out from near parking lot:
Stonework bridge, and pools.
Up to the end of the Bagli Lakes valley
At the Pass, view of Table Mountain, Iceberg Lake and Mt. Baker
Heading down to Hayes Lake, and walking along its perimeter
Iceberg Lake, also with torquoise water lining its shore.
Two peaks which overlook the Ptarmigan trail on its direction towards the west.
Mount Baker with Coleman Pinnacle on its left:
Hi zoom view towards Lake Ann, showing snow slope and cornice.
Hi zoom... Artist Point
Zoom view of the ridge and Goat Peak and Big Bear behind it
Skyline Divide (hi zoom), to the west.
Just got back up onto Artist Point Ridge
Heading down, look for a safe way down.
Table Mountain view to end the day: