I arrived in Seattle at 1 AM Tuesday morning and got home around 3:30 AM. Ouch. But I still woke up before 9 AM and was excited to head up to the top of the Mount Baker Highway and get in a short hike with my dad!
The drive is about 1.5 hours to the top, Artist's Point, but it's extremely worthwhile, as I hope my pictures show. We decided to hike up Tabletop Mountain. It's a short, 3 mile round trip hike, but it goes up 560 feet to the summit of the mountain, so it's a nice little bang for your hiking buck. Plus, since you start at more than a mile above sea level, it's good cardio conditioning!
We ended our hike with a late lunch at Milano's, tasty Italian food located in the foothills of Mount Baker. If you ever make it out this way, I highly recommend a Milano's feast to end your day of hiking or skiing!
Of course, after barely any sleep, hiking at a high altitude, and a late and large lunch, I crashed hard at 8:00 and was in bed by 9 PM. Granny alert!
Anyway, I'm going to keep the rest of this post heavy on the pictures and light on the words. Because when you hike in the Cascades, pictures are really all that's necessary. Well, besides water and snacks, of course. And layering since it can get chilly up there.
Okay, so you need more than pictures. I'll just stop typing and let you enjoy the beauty of the North Cascades!
|Tabletop Mountain from Artist's Point|
|Along mountainous trails in the Northwest, you'll often find cairns (fascinating history)|
|Our mission: reach the top.|
|You can just see Baker Lake peeking out in between the mountains in the background|
|Mount Baker - a 10,000 ft volcano!|
Do you hike? If so, what's your favorite place to hike?