Skyline Divide #678
Aug 24, 2002
- 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
- Be Aware Of
Saturday was a fabulous day for the trail. Visibility was very good though it was a bit hot. Bring lots of water because we only crossed one small creek along the way. If you are hiking with your dog, be sure to have plenty for them to drink too. My pup drank 1/2 a quart of water, licked every puddle we passed and took a nap on a patch of snow! (And he's a little guy-so that is nearly double what he would normally consume.) Bugs were definately an issue. Bring a lightweight long sleeve shirt, wear pants, and a hat. I found that a bandanna was handy too for waving the flying monsters away. Oh and watch out for a small bee's nest that is in the ground at the side of the trail. The nest is probably 3/4 of a mile past the only creek you will cross if you continue hiking the ridge toward Baker. The trail will start to get very brushy and the nest is in that area. Just watch your step. If you push on through, they don't seem to be too aggressive. They are small bees - not yellow jackets. However, my dog stopped walking right next to the nest and got a stinger in his snout.
Other than bugs, the trail is incredible. The first mile or so is a bit steep, but it levels off once you reach the ridge. From there the views are superlative. Mt. Baker, Shuksan, Larabee and the Border peaks were all visible. There are still patches of snow in the area, but they are small and easily crossed. Wildflowers are in abundance. This trail definately is in my top 10!