I am, as always, a wee bit behind (aka lazy), so here is our trip report from last weekend. We slept in a fire lookout! Yes yes, we’re just that cool. ;)
We hadn’t been up by Mount Baker before, so we headed north. Since the fire lookout is first come, first serve, we drove up on Friday after work and car camped by Baker Lake to get a head start. Unfortunately our head start was all for nothing when we woke up Saturday morning and found that mice had somehow snuck into our car…apparently they got in somewhere by the front wheel and made their way to the trunk, where they proceeded to gnaw on most of our food. After spending ages chasing the mice out of the car, we were relieved to see that they had left us a couple packets of dehydrated food so we wouldn’t starve on our hike. Yay..
Fail number two was the weather. We basically couldn’t see anything at all the entire hike up because of the fog. If it weren’t for the map, I would have no idea that we were walking right next to a huge volcano. We made our way up to the lookout where – success! – we were the only ones who planned to stay the night. After a while we gave up on getting a glimpse of the mountain and snuck into our sleeping bags with a couple of books. Then, miracle of miracles, just when the sun was setting, the fog lifted.
It was amazing! It went from completely fogged in to one of the clearest nights I have ever experienced.
The next morning we lingered in the lookout for a while longer before heading out.
On the way down we found the beautiful tarn we had seen photographed in the guide book – I love the reflection of Mount Baker!
We were supposed to hike up to the climbers’ high camp on Baker before getting back to the car, but due to the whole mouse incident we were both really, really hungry. We ended up just hoofing it back to the trailhead instead. Now we have a good reason to go back.