Thursday, September 10, 2009

Skyline Divide

Well, remember last week! When we were hiking in the cold, the wind, the rain? Today, just the opposite! We hiked up 2,800 feet in elevation, all told, over a little more than 7 miles up and down. The sun was shining the whole day. This picture (click any to enlarge) shows me smiling while at our lunch spot. The hike, according to Ken Wilcox in Hiking Whatcom County, says:
This hike is steep at first, then eases off in old-growth forest for 1.5 miles before reaching a small opening around 5,200 feet. The path soon crosses the wilderness boundary and meets the meadowy crest of the ridge, at one of those places where your whole body involuntarily just says, "wow" (2.1 mi., elevation 5,800 feet). From here on, the views never let up: Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, the conspicuous "table" of Table Mtn, and Church Mtn and the High Divide to the north.
Here are five of the sixteen of us who made the hike today. I think it was close to perfect, both in its length, the views, and the camaraderie we shared with each other. Here you see, from left to right: Peggy, Bob, Cindy, Fred, and Jay. I kept asking for people to turn around, put the view to their backs so I could take pictures!!
Jay and Fred, with the Canadian mountains behind them, looking like they are standing on top of the world. The day could not have been more satisfying: no bugs because there was a breeze and cool weather, no clouds because all the day before it had rained up here, melting the snow that fell after our hike up Ptarmigan Ridge, when it weathered for days. A high pressure ridge is in the process of building for the weekend. We did meet a few sloppy places in the trail but any spots of snow were few and far between.
Here is Shuksan Mountain, early in the day with a layer of clouds still hanging around to make the view even more spectacular. Shuksan is one of the most photographed mountains in the world, and I am steadily making my way around it, so I can say I have seen it from all sides.
And here, finally, is that wonderful mountain, Baker, that I have now seen from many different angles. If you enlarge the picture and look closely you can see some glaciers that are even now moving down the mountain. There is new snow from last week's storm. On this hike, we felt like we were walking right up to the side of the mountain and could just step over and take a quick trek to the top. Apparently this hike is actually one of the ascents for a "jaunt" to the top. At 10,780 feet, this beautiful mountain is not any higher than the beginning of several of my Colorado hikes, but... oh, so beautiful! When you start at sea level, this mountain stands regally against any of the fourteeners in Colorado!


  1. Oh, don't you get tired of looking at all that beautiful scenery and nature? ;)

  2. Wow! What spectacular views and such perfect weather! How fortunate you are to take these fantastic hikes.
    Sunny :)

  3. Sigh, I wish I was there to hike with you. What a life! You people don't get tired of hiking, you must be having a lot of fun! Happy hiking.


  4. Beautiful. There are certain places in the world that offer peace and serenity and these heights that you climb to are part of them. Thanks for sharing the view.

  5. Wow, wow, wow! Beautiful scenery. Sounds like a nice strenuous hike, too. Now you can rest and be grateful for living in such beautiful abundance. Thanks for taking us along. I'm off today for a hike, as well.

  6. What an exquisite hike, DJan, and the pictures are breath taking!! I did enlarge and did see the glacier. I would have missed it otherwise. May I do you get your pictures to enlarge to such high res in Blogger? When I posted the flower picture their res was extrememly high - and bigger than full screen but I have to resize to fit them into Live Writer. Then when you click on them, they really don't get any bigger. I would sure appreciate any tips you can offer.

    I want to be as fit as you. What a BRILLIANT and SHINING inspiration you are. I mean it, DJan.

  7. Robynn, since I don't have a direct email for you, I'll answer you in Facebook's mail program. I need to know a little bit about what you're using computer-wise. But thanks for the compliment (blush); I'll TAKE IT!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for continuing to share these hikes with us.

  9. Spectacular photos. The air is so clear and the colours gorgeous. It must be nice to get to know a mountain!
    Blessings, Star

  10. What an incredible view, such a gorgeous day. The hikes your group takes are always to the most beautiful places but then you are in the right place with all those mountains.

    In the third photo Jay and Fred look like expert mountaineers posing for National Geographic.

    I can't wait to see what you see next.



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