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Both method, you’ll arrive on the related place—a craggy bump accessorized through the remnants of an previous hearth lookout. approximately 20 yards forward, climb the primitive direction up the rock, passing an outdated outhouse at the way—a actual bathroom lavatory with a view—and at four. 2miles reach them 360-degree mountain perspectives. throughout you're a number of the North Cascades’ maximum hits—Baker, Shuksan, Tomyhoi height, Nooksack Ridge, the border peaks, et cetera—and, on transparent days, Mount Rainier. To the quick northwest is the real steeple of Church Mountain, a rocky pyramid that tops out approximately two hundred toes above you and that calls for a bit of of technical hiking to summit. a number of turquoise tarns, the Kidney Lakes, are down lower than to the north. go back an identical method. Going Farther From the higher reaches of Church Mountain, it’s attainable to stick with the ridge approximately 10 miles to the east, in part through cross-country trip, in part at the excessive Divide path, Hike forty five (see additionally Hike forty four, Damfino Lakes path and Excelsior Mountain). A vintage North Cascades ridge forty four. Damfino Lakes and Excelsior Mountain ranking DISTANCE 1. eight miles round-trip to lakes; 6 miles round-trip to Excelsior Mountain mountain climbing TIME four hours ELEVATION achieve 250 ft to lakes; 1,500 ft to mountain excessive aspect 5,600 ft hassle point reasonable top SEASON July to October; snow-covered the remainder of the 12 months PERMITS/CONTACT Northwest wooded area move required; Mount Baker–Snoqualmie nationwide wooded area, Glacier Public carrier middle, 360/599-2714 MAPS USGS Bearpaw Mountain; eco-friendly Trails Mount Baker thirteen path NOTES Leashed canine ok; kid-friendly; nice perspectives The Hike This mild wooded area path ends up in a few friendly mountain ponds supplying the best lunch—and/or dozing—spot. proceed directly to Excelsior Mountain the place head-on Mount Baker perspectives are superb. Getting There Head east on road 542 (Mount Baker street) to milepost 35. four, approximately 2 miles east of the Glacier Public carrier middle. flip left onto Canyon Creek street (Forest street 31) and stick to it for 15 miles, because the winding street alternates among pavement and gravel, to the road-end car parking zone. Elevation: 4,200 toes. the path commence with a simple wooded area walk—the first half a lately planted part that’s domestic to dive-bombing hummingbirds—and at zero. 7 mile achieve a signed intersection with the Canyon Ridge and Boundary method Trails. pass immediately and in under shakes, drop down right into a basin and end up on the foot of Damfino Lakes, peaceable, beautiful ponds. Rumor has it that during days of yore, a ranger used to be requested the names of the lakes and he replied, “Damn if i do know. ” persist with the boardwalk round and search for a spot to devour. Excelsior Mountain: on the southeast part of the lakes, proceed following the path because it heads again up into the timber. the path climbs particularly steeply, crossing not less than one gusher of a creek prior to commencing up right into a large bowl at approximately 2. 2 miles. In season, wildflowers are magnifique right here. The signed junction with Excelsior move and excessive Divide Trails is immediately forward at approximately 2.