Jul 16, 2013
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Skyline Divide
- Region: North Cascades -- Mount Baker Highway
- Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Glacier Public Service Center
- Trails: Skyline Divide (#678)
- Avg Rating: 4.06
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- Snow on trail
The beginning of the hike was intense and the switchbacks felt as though they were nearly vertical after hiking in half a mile. Sections of the trail were shaded by enormous deciduous trees while other parts were open and exposed to the beaming, late afternoon sun. The shade coupled with the sporadic appearance of snow patches covering various portions of the trail allowed us to remain relatively cool in the 80 degree weather. Small wildflowers were in bloom and plants were sprouting up out of the soil wet by the recent snow melt. The trail was easy to follow and was very well maintained.
Mt. Baker greeted us as we reached the top of the hike. I stood standing in the flat, open meadow recording the astounding view with every one of my senses. The crisp mountain air wafting into my nose, the young flora beneath my feet, and the magnificent towering mountains constructed a sense of serenity and awesome beauty one can only experience in nature. There were, however, a lot of mosquitos and flies which were more annoying than anything else.
I highly recommend this hike. I will definitely be back soon and plan to camp before the end of summer!