Yesterday we decided to take advantage of the wonderful blue sky and head out on a hike. We wanted to hike something that was new to both of us and so we headed into the US on the Mt. Baker highway to the Hannegan Pass.
We started by hiking 4 miles up the Ruth Creek Valley on the Hannegan Pass Trail. The first 4 miles is a relative slow incline and we were 2000 some feet higher than when we started. We stopped for lunch at the overnight camp and then headed up the "more difficult" part from there.
Let me just say here that I'm quite accustomed to thinking in kilometers and so the 5 mile hike one way didn't seem like it would be that much of a stretch for me.
The scenery was just spectacular. We weren't sure which peak we were exactly heading for. At one point I looked at the snow topped mountains, and wondered if we would reach snow, OH please not.
Terry has stamina for hiking up and I huff and puff behind him . . .squeaking out . ."stopping" at regular intervals. Every time I do this I vow to get into shape so that the next hiking expedition will be easier. But of course . . ..it never seems to happen.
As we left the tree line, we were treated to wild blueberries. We found that picking a handful and then popping them in our mouth was a huge flavour burst.
I sat down in the middle of a patch, or rather laid down, and munched on the berries within reach.
The last mile to the peak is a elevation climb of another 1200 feet. The elevation is 6,186 feet at the summit. The view is just tremendous in every direction.
The air was definitely thinner up there than I'm accustomed to breathing.
The top of the mountain was absolutely worth it. We ate fresh apples up there and enjoyed the snow. 3500 feet higher than where we had started 4 hours earlier. If you want to see more of the pictures . .you can see them on the web album here.
So, that was our Wednesday date. We started the trail at 10 in the morning and made it back to the truck at 5:30. The last 3 miles of the trail seemed to last forever and the soft seat of the truck felt just amazing.
We decided to make this our September hike every year. We'll see, I'll need a day or two to feel any sort of inclination to climb up the snow peaked mountains again.
Have a wonderful day . . . ..