Since I work about one minutes walk from REI, I have made a few friends there over the last few years of frequent shopping and browsing trips. One of whom has been telling me about this amazing hike that I just have to do with my family! So finally she put us all into action and we planned a time for all of us to go so she could show us her favorite trail.
The trail is called Railroad Grade and is found at Mount Baker. It shares the same trailhead as the Park Butte Lookout trail, but after about 2.5 miles you hang a right until you reach another junciton at a massive ridge. Take a left and walk the ridge for a long time, but be careful and don’t fall as a fall could ruin more than your hike. The trail ends when the ridge does, at a climbers campground and near the Easton Glacier. From this point you are on your own to explore the mountain, snow, rocks and glacier.
The trail up to the the point of the ridge is a great trail with some switchbacks, river crossing, forests, meadows with blueberries and wildflowers. However my pictures start at the ridge. Below is Levi checking out the situation. The trail sometimes came right up to the edge where it started to crumble away other times there were rocks, grass or shrubs between the trail and the edge. Either way it’s close to the edge and you should watch your step.
The fog was thick, but thankfully there was no rain and we stayed dry! Down in the valley was a river that had a cool looking suspension bridge over it. We will have to come back for some more exploring some day!
Here’s our friend and fearless leader!
Off in the distance and not the way we were going we could catch a small glimpse of some nearby mountain peaks. However Mount Baker stayed hidden the whole time we were there.
We pushed on, often with Levi leading the way.
If you like marmots then this trail is for you. They literally live on this trail! This guy seemed a little aggressive so I moved on.
Hannah and the clouds.
Going up some more!
The Easton Glacier and some Fireweed. This was a spectacular sight and we all just marveled at the glacier as we don’t see these very often. In fact it was a first for me to see one as close as we did this trip. The kids most likely wont forget looking at the crevasses.
After scrambling around on massive rocks we found a large snowy spot where the kids played for a while before heading back down.
The climbers camp was near our trail so we kept an eye out for it, but in the fog it was tough to see.
Heading back down we decided this place was pretty amazing and reminded some of us of a place you would find in the Hobbit or Lord Of The Rings.
We had an awesome time on this trail and it lived up to all the hype! I definitely will need to return to this again and maybe again. Even though there were a couple not so happy times with the kids, they both admitted later that it was a fun hike and they were glad they did it. Another awesome memory in the old memory bank and new experiences for the family. Thanks to friends who want to share their favorite hikes with us!
Adventure Date: September 1, 2014