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Church Mountain — Tuesday, Jun. 11, 2019

North Cascades
North Fork Nooksack River Valley and Mount Shuksan from the old lookout site

Green meadows, rushing waters, blooming Spring Beauty, Marsh Marigolds, Sub-Alpine Buttercup, Glacier Lilies, Flox and views galore! If you don't like these things, better not go!

I was astounded to see in a recent WTA Trip Report that the Church Mountain Trail was mostly melted out above timberline. We had to go! When left the forest behind and broke into the first meadows I thought I was dreaming. Isn't this barely mid June? It looked like a scene right out of the heart of summer.  Other that the above mentioned flowers, even the Sitka Valerian is beginning to bloom.

There are a few snow patches to cross that weren't exposed or difficult. They may even be melted out by this coming weekend, considering the unseasonably warm weather and sunshine. We could see that the Forest Service Trail Crew had recently cut a number of logs off of the trail but several more had come down in the meantime. Most were not a problem but a couple required a bit of acrobatics to get over. It looks like two of the recently cut logs slid down the slope to a lower switchback to become brand new obstacles. 

The views from the old lookout site are stunning! Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, the North Cascades to the east as well as views up and down the North Fork Nooksack River Valley. Oh, and not to forget the marvelous Twin Sisters Range off to the Southwest.

Apparently, hiking time in the high country is on!

The last switchback
On our way down
Mount Baker from the upper slopes

Comments

Lauren Hurst on Church Mountain

Thanks for the great trip report! Can't believe how quickly hikes are becoming accessible this season.

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Lauren Hurst on Jun 13, 2019 09:58 AM

You're welcome!

Glad that it was helpful. It's crazy how fast the snow is meting out. I hope there is some moisture left up there by mid summer!

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Randy G on Jun 13, 2019 09:07 PM