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Chain lakes trail at Mt Baker

Discussion in 'Outings, Trips & Expeditions' started by BigDaddyHoss, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. BigDaddyHoss

    BigDaddyHoss Hobbyist Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass II

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    I haven't posted much for a long while but I am still out there somewhere. This was an adventure last weekend with a very good friend of mine, John Mark, up in the Mt Baker Wilderness at a popular place known as the chain lake loop trail. We had the place to ourselves cause it was not the best weather. You know the term "don't like the weather wait five minutes" out here it was wait 30 seconds. we saw sunshine, rain, snow, sleet, 45mph winds over and over. It was awesome.

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    No fires in the wilderness area so the stove got used and it was mountain house for dinner.
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    Up into the clouds we were headed.
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    Checking the high tech maps and picture time.
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    Me full of optimism little did I know what awaited.
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    1400' of elevation gain in 2 miles. Put my tent up in 45mph wind and held it down with rocks and too tired to care. Good night.
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  2. BigDaddyHoss

    BigDaddyHoss Hobbyist Hobbyist Supporter Bushclass II

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    I awoke to snow and rain and made breakfast and coffee. This MSR Winburner stove setup is pretty killer. Don't waste the money on the French press though, it makes a big mess. Stick to the packets or tea bags.
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    We spent the night on the ridge due to it getting dark and the trail being a little more gnarly than I wanted to risk in the dark. so in the morning we headed down the backside to check out the lakes.
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    Blueberries were everywhere and the best I have ever had. I was surprised to not see much in the way of animal tracks. I would have figured this for black bear country.
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  3. BigDaddyHoss

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    We hiked around two of the three lakes and took in the amazing views.
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    Got back up to camp after a few hours and broke camp.
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    The way down it rained the whole time. We saw a few people hiking up and wished them luck.
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    Cars is loaded with wet gear and we are head home 4 hours and a ferry boat ride away. Want to give a shout out to my friend @NWPrimate for his help getting me familiar with his stomping grounds. I plan to spend more time in that area it was epic. Happy day
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    Rugged country. Good pictures. Thanks for taking them.
     
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    Good stuff Hoss! Some of those conditions sound pretty rough, but I'm guessing the scenery was worth it. It looks like you did pretty good with keeping your pack relatively light, but I'm sure it didn't feel that way going uphill. I'm as surprised as you were about the lack of bears and figured you'd be seeing sign everywhere. Thanks for taking the time to share this cool trip.
     
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    A fine trip and good pictures young fellar. Thank you for posting it. joe
     
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    Been decades since I was there. Good memories, and now too sore to do it again. By the way, there's more than black bears up there and those berries are prime grazin' for some big'uns come down from Canada on occasion.
     
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    Beautiful area! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Beautiful area! With all those ‘ankle breakers’ I’m thinking foot placement is critical at times.

    Great report!
     
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    That's some wild country, great pictures and trip.
     
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    Beautiful scenery, thats my favorite kind of environment. Thanks for sharing the pictures of that awesome trip.
     
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    Excellent trip report. Your photos of that lake belong on a screen saver. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Great trip.
     
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    Very nice, thanks for sharing!
     
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    I was on the east side of the Cascades and the weather was equally wild. Definitely felt like fall in the PNW. :)

    Great photos and even better outing! Thanks for sharing!
     
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