The Rambling Writer Hikes the Chain Lakes Trail

Join Thor, Bear dog, and me for a cloudy hike on the skirts of Mt. Baker/Koma Kulshan.

NOTE: I’ll continue my Virtual Italy Vacation series next week, with occasional interruptions in upcoming weeks for outdoor adventures in our beautiful Pacific Northwest.

I’m continuing to work on my hip-injury rehab, building strength, while also building stamina for heart and lungs after the various health issues of this past year. So once the road to Artist Point in our nearby Mt. Baker Wilderness finally opened for this year, Thor and I decided on the next challenge: Hiking the Chain Lakes trail. Normally I would consider this an easy/moderate hike along the ridge and then down to the mountain lakes, but I wasn’t certain how well I’d do this year.

After our weird climate-change heat waves this summer, we’re now in a cool and cloudy phase, but we decided to “seize the day” anyway. Way down there in the valley, you might catch a glimpse of Baker Lake.

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The Rambling Writer Hikes the Chain Lakes Trail — 4 Comments

  1. What a perfect, perfect set of lovely photos. The blues and greens are so refreshing. The second shot, with the dramatic drop, is mesmerizing; my inclination is to mentally edit out people in scenery shots, but here they are far enough away not to break up the sweep.

    That does not count for Dog. Dog and Scenery is two times the fun! Bear is so expressive, clearly having the time of his life.

    • Thanks again, Sherwood. Bear dog is in his element in the mountains, as he hears the call of the wild. He was Very excited when we spotted a marmot, but he obediently stayed beside us (though quivering).

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