Type of HikeDay hike
Trail ConditionsObstacles on trail:
Trees down across trail,
Muddy or wet trail,
Overgrown in places.
RoadRoad suitable for all vehicles
BugsBugs were not too bad
Head to Shannon Ridge for a solitary walk which culminates in sweeping views of Mt Baker and the North Cascades. On Saturday, arriving at the trailhead late, at 12:30pm, I found 5-10 vehicles to include a park ranger's. In the first mile, a moist trail led across gently running creeks and up through heavily laden berry bushes. The second mile was rooty, rocky, brushy, and slippery opening up, finally onto Shannon Ridge. Here, I found carpets of blueberries under crisp views of Mt Baker. Upon entering the North Cascades National Park, a dry rocky trail led steely up towards a saddle. Many butterflies and grasshoppers were afoot. At the saddle, I found a fallen tree and then views of tarn, glacier, and jagged peaks. Veering left, I followed a narrow trail along an autumn splashed hillside and up onto tarn. Here I found the snowy source of two briskly running streams. Another appeared to be a spring fed by the sulphide glacier peaking from above. I filtered water here and drank heartily. Upon finding a knoll stacked with large tarn, I found a flat rock and sat to eat. Laying here in the sun, I viewed Artist Point, Table Mtn, Baker Lake, & Mount Watson. At 5:10pm, when I noticed the shadows were long, I headed back at what I would describe as lightning-speed. A quickly falling sun left me with a darkened path at the trailhead at 6:55. Today's nuggets of wisdom: *Its okay to share the wild with loud groups of young men & women. They are finding their happiness too. Offer to take their picture :). *Take a break at the apex of your hike. Read, stretch, air your feet, and practice stillness. *Treat and bring back some glacier water to drink later. *Check the time of sundown before you go on your hike. When choosing your time to head back to the trailhead, keep in mind the sun dips behind the cascades BEFORE actual sundown. It gets dark in the forest.