Friday, August 11, 2017

Baker Lake trail Backpacking trip

In July we backpacked the northern end of the Baker Lake trail as far as Noisy creek, you can read about that trip HERE. On Tuesday we began our backpacking trip at the southern end and hiked towards Noisy creek again. Our purpose for doing this was to complete the entire length of the Baker Lake trail this summer, linking our two separate trips. Our plan for the first day was to hike as far as Maple Grove. I'd only been there once before, it was so many years ago and I didn't really remember much of it.

Day one -

I like this bit of info. from the Forest Service website. "This trail leads into a majestic stand of Douglas fir that regrew after Mt. Baker erupted and started a forest fire in 1843. You can still see the burned snags of the cedar trees that once dominated the area." 
The trees were magnificent.

The Anderson creek bridge had been repaired this summer, and it was a treat to cross such a well made bridge across the creek.

We headed down to Anderson Point for lunch. 

I happened to glance over at my husband as I was eating and noticed he looked like a silhouette. I love this picture.

Then it was on to Maple Grove.

It was warm when we got to camp, so after setting up the tent we went for a cooling swim. The water was perfect.

The haze in the air from the B.C. fires cast a pink glow around us. We walked over to the dock to watch the sunset behind Mt. Baker.

The photo below is from our campsite. I loved our little rock island with it's tree just off shore.

Day one Garmin stats:
total miles hiked - 4.72 miles (this includes our wandering in and out of Anderson point)
total ascent - 449 feet

Day two -
Wednesday's hike would take us to our connect location, Noisy Creek. If you've read my blog much you'll know that I love wilderness toilets and think that there really should be a 5 toilet roll rating system for them. The two at Maple Grove were great. The one by the campground was surrounded by a wonderful "grotto" feeling forest scene.

Near the trail junction there is a newfangled conveyor belt toilet. It was interesting. Here, I'll give you a look inside. After you do your business, you push the foot pedal down 5 times and it's all gone. Amazing! I give this a 5 star toilet roll rating.

Leaving Maple Grove and heading to Noisy creek.

Rest break and trying out the timer on my camera.

Just before Silver Creek campground we came to the bridge that I took a picture of in my first section blog post. In that post I wondered what was beyond the bridge and here we are crossing it from the other direction. 😎

We ate lunch at Silver creek and then made our way to Noisy creek.

Noisy creek is the point in the distance in the photo below.

When we got to camp we set up our tent and went for a swim. I rinsed out a few of our sweaty clothes and hung them on a line to dry. We ate our dinner on the lake shore.

I really enjoyed the campsites that we had at both campgrounds.

Day two Garmin stats:
total miles hiked - 6.34 miles (including our lunch at Silver creek campground)
total ascent - 768 feet

Day three -
Thursday was to be a long hike day. Our plan was to hike all of the way out.
I took a morning photo of the lake before we left. It couldn't have been prettier. As you can see the sky had really begun to clear, we even saw a white moon and stars in the night. Since the haze has been in our air we haven't seen stars at night and the moon has been an eerie red.

Coral root

A nice mossy trailside chair courtesy of mother nature.

We had lunch at Maple Grove, and enjoyed the dock view again.

Anderson Creek bridge again.

Day three Garmin stats:
total miles hiked - 10.33 miles
total ascent - 1306 feet

Well our three day backpacking trip couldn't have been better. The trail in it's entirety is wonderful.
Now we are thinking of driving down and leaving our bikes at one end. Do a thru hike, when we get to the other end get on our bikes and pedal to our car at the other end. 
Now that would be an adventure!

When we opened our car doors to put our packs in, we were met by quite the surprise. "MANY" mice had partied in our Van while we were away. There wasn't any food in the car, so they must have just used it for a cozy place to play at night. Poop was everywhere. Ugh, but now I'm happy to say it's all vacuumed and washed out. I hope they had fun, because they sure left a mess. I picture them with little party hats on their tiny heads, and one of them playing a Ukulele while they danced the night away.

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