Escaping the Heat on Baker
Hot summer days may be upon us but the mountains are one of the coolest places to be, pun intended. Here’s a glimpse into last weekend’s Mt. Baker Easton Glacier climb with a few Texans looking to keep cool and climb high. I learned the highest point within many miles of these folks’ home is 160 feet and temperatures are generally in the high 90’s! Talk about a training challenge.
Here’s what we saw upon reaching Sandy Camp. Things on the mountain are looking pretty dry, with conditions looking more like August, but the route is still in great shape and the mountain is looking good as always.
Wildflowers are out in abundance throughout the entire hike and around base camp. Lupine and mountain heather are some of the most common to see, while we also enjoyed a variety of wild berries and other flowers down low.
With the warm weather came clear skies and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Visibility was so good we were able to see all the way from Mt. Rainier to the Olympics. Glacier Peak was also out to our East.
Despite the fact that the team didn’t summit on this trip, we all had a great time on the mountain. Weather was wonderful and views couldn’t be better.
Here’s a glimpse of the view on our hike out. Doesn’t get much better than this!
Thanks for following along and we look forward to seeing you in the mountains!
~Words and photos MM Guide Jenny Konway