Mount Baker National Forest - N. Cascades Loop

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Sep 03, 2016 - Sep 05, 2016

First foray into the North Cascades wilderness. Can't wait to return.

Truly epic scenery. Great solitude, challenging climbs and rewarding views make this loop worth the early morning wake up for permits.

Unfortunately missed a lot of the best views from Copper ridge due to clouds, but don't need a reason to go back!

Spent first night at Copper lake below the ranger fire lookout station. Ranger took me and another hiker into the lookout for a tour and some hot tea. She was cute, handgun and all. Wish I had left my digits!

Fun facts

First close encounter with a black bear - this one was big! Felt & heard it running down the hillside before I turned the bend to see a dark mass disappear into the brush.

Took hand-powered cable-car across the river! Sat in the metal bucket and turned a crank which slowly moved me under a cable high above the river. So awesome!

Blueberry bushes as far as the eye could see

Quite a few painful blisters on this trip

DifficultyClass 1
Distance~45 miles
Highest Elevation
JurisdictionNorth Cascades National Park
MapGreen Trails - Mount Shuksan
TrailheadFR 32, Glacier