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Excelsior Trail - Mt Baker foothills

Friday, August 09, 2013

My hike yesterday was glorious, the trail was a gradual incline and brought us through the forest, above the tree line into the flowering alpine meadows and we had great views of snow-capped Mt Baker and a few other Cascade mountain peaks. It was 8 miles and 5 hours total, and according to my fitbit, 400 flights of stairs.

Trail start and the lower forest













There was this amazing creek on the way up, the water streamed over a rock slab face, it was like a designed fountain. There is a fountain like this in the Vancouver airport, it is so soothing and relaxing while in the line after a tiring flight to hear and see that water sashaying down a rock wall.








The trail broke through the tree line and on to the ridge, where there were peaks and a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.














Mt Baker from further away as part of a panorama shot in the above photo

Surrounding panorama on the upper ridge









Cascade range Mt Shukshan - 9127 feet



And finishing with a shot of magnificent Mt Baker - 10,781 feet












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