Category Archives: Geology

Our Neighborhood – The Far Northwest Corner

A satellite map of our area with just a few labels added.  Highland Garden House is at ‘HGH.’  For perspective, it is 60 highway miles from Seattle to HGH.  It is 35 miles direct to Mt. Baker, but via highway … Continue reading

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Ptarmigan Ridge Hike – Mt. Baker Area

Here’s a hike for everyone!  It is an out and back hike no matter how far you go.  End of trail is maybe 4.5 miles, but you can turn around at any point and feel that you have had a … Continue reading

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Bluff Trail – Coupeville Area

The Bluff Trail is a gem of a hike on central Whidbey Island, just a few miles from Coupeville.  We hiked this loop trail at the end of September, and also visited the Sunnyside Cemetery and some other historic buildings … Continue reading

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Alger Alp via Squires Lake Park Trails

Alger Alp, also called Old Baldy by the locals, is a lowland peak that is part of the Chuckanut Mountain system, east of I-5.  It is composed mostly of Chuckanut Sandstone and shale.  It has been logged at least once, … Continue reading

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Clayton Beach Hike

Clayton Beach is just a 2/3 mile hike, each way, from the parking area, excellent for those who are looking for a little workout or families with wee ones.  If you are driving Chuckanut Drive this is a great place … Continue reading

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Baker River Trail, #606

This hike is not far from Highland Garden House, but is a world away!  After driving 48 miles on paved roads, you do another 5 miles of pretty good gravel/dirt/dust/washboard to get to the trailhead and the end of the … Continue reading

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Short ‘Mt. Baker’ Hikes

I get many guests who want to get into the mountains and experience the beauty and drama without being mountain climbers.  I have a suggestion for those who are going to Mount Baker:  Drive and park at the Artist Point … Continue reading

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Big Rock Hike

This short hike is just a few miles east of Highland Garden House.  It is sort of an urban peak.  A through-the forest and out into-the-open hike with a steep scramble near the top.  Click the photo for full size … Continue reading

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Oso Slide and More

Now that SR 530 is open again between Arlington and Darrington we decided to take a little drive and see what the slide looks like in person.  The highway does go right through the slide area and looks like an … Continue reading

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Diablo Lake Trail

(I now call this the ‘Incline Trail.2/2/17) This is a short blog post about an amazing short trail.  The town of Diablo is a Seattle City Light company town near the base of Diablo Dam.  The ‘actual’ Diablo Lake Trail … Continue reading

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