Ptarmigan Ridge, Mount Baker

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– September 2014 with Linda W, Daphne, Nancy, Olivia.

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Ptarmigan Ridge is one of the most spectacular hikes, especially for the effort involved, in the Mount Baker area. However, many years the route is frequently covered in snow and the steep snowfields can be hazardous for ordinary hikers. This September most of the route was clear.
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It begins at Artist Point, right at the tree line, and traverses the slopes of Table Mountain for nearly two kilometres until the Chain Lakes trail breaks off to the north. The Ptarmigan Ridge trail switchbacks down into an open basin before it climbs back up onto the ridge and works its way toward Baker. All is open views.

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There were just enough clouds and in just the right places to make things look more interesting.

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 I actually got the panorama feature on my camera to work properly on this one.

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 This was about the only snow we had to deal with on the hike.

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 Some poo. Probably mountain goat, though we didn’t see any.

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 Probably coyote

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At Camp Kiser, about the furthest most of us can get there and back in a day from north of the border. Maybe next time we’ll come out and camp there and explore further.

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This year’s entry under tent magazine ad photos.

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Coleman Pinnacle. The small snowpatch we crossed is just to the left.

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