Baker Lake

Mt. Baker

Margaret and I had 2 1/2 days off and Logan is unemployed so we headed north to Baker Lake for our first backpacking trip of the year.

We first drove Hwy. 20 to Diablo Lake for a view of the huge surrounding mountains and the sometimes turquoise waters.  There were plenty of waterfalls along the road and clear blue skies.  We stopped at Diablo Lake since it was Margarets first time there and took some photos from the road.  It’s an amazing place to be, thinking there’s actually a highway there and the photos were right off the road!

We drove back to Baker Lake, across the dam and up the hill.  We found a great camp spot that somehow was unoccupied so we set up.  From our camp we had an unobstructed view of Mt. Baker looking west.  The sunset was very bright, but sunrise was beautiful.  There is nothing like waking up to the sun’s first light striking the highest peaks, turning them pink, red, and yellow.

We had a leisurely morning since the trailhead was 1/4 mile away.  We began to hike around 11 am or so and immediately knew it would be a great hike.  The trail was very green and it weaved in and out of creeks and around huge trees.  Just when you see a tree that you can’t believe how big it is, you see a stump next to it with twice the diameter.  Amazing.  At 1 1/2 miles we found a great camp spot and although we’d only hiked for a short time, we decided to stay there.  We set up camp and continued further up the trail to Maple Camp to hang out.

There we found a nice “beach” with views of Shuksan and Baker and away from other people.  Margaret slept, Logan swam, I did both.   It was my first swim in a mountain lake in May and it was great!  The water was warmer than expected and so refreshing I went twice.  After a few hours enjoying the peace and sun, we headed back to camp for dinner.  We had a great view of the sunset on Baker and Shuksan from camp and went to bed early.

Margaret woke up feeling sick, about 4am.  By 6:15 we were on the trail back to the Jeep since she was feeling horrible.  We had to stop about 1/4 mile in and she slept for 3 hours while Logan and I explored and sat by the fire.  We got some weird looks from people passing by as we looked like we were camping in an undesireable location.  The wind was cold and it was loud due to the rushing creek nearby.  6 hours after starting, we arrived back at the Jeep.  Margaret probably went on the toughest hike of her life and it was only 1 1/2 miles and gentle terrain with no pack.

Overall, it was a beautiful place that we’ll return to soon for a redo.  Hope you enjoy the photos!  EE

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