Category Archives: The Mountains

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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The Methow

I find it interesting that we call our area “The Skagit” and just over the ‘hill’ you have “The Methow.”  It is the same terminology:  it describes an area of great diversity, not a single place or town or famous … Continue reading

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Fragrance Viewpoint Hike

This is a short up and back hike that is just north of the Skagit County line in Larrabee  State Park.  Round trip is about 3 miles. Take Chuckanut Drive, SR 11, north out of Burlington and follow it until … 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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West Skagit County Hikes and Walks

I get guests who are looking to get out and take a hike or walk, but not a ‘North Cascade Adventure.’  A jaunt in the woods, around a lake, along a river or slough or near the beach.  Day hike … Continue reading

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Squires Lake Park and Trail

What a close place to hike, did not know how I missed it!  Just, literally, 2 minutes from I-5 in the very fringe of north Skagit County.  This County Park is a hidden gem!  The Park is jointly managed by … Continue reading

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The Chuckanut Trail

Looking for a mountain style trail that starts near sea level and is in western Skagit County?  This is the one.  Although the most popular route in this network is to Oyster Dome, if you take the other fork to … 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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Winter in Rockport

Just a few eagles, no Eagle Festival until Jan 2016, SR 20 closed.  😦 Rockport is really ground-zero for the Skagit Eagle Festival, every January.  But in the cold and dark winter months before that time, it can be pretty … 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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