Activity: Baker Lodge Wildflower Week
Date(s): 08/02/12 - 08/08/12
Leader: Donna Osseward
Leader Notes: Wildflower Week at Baker Lodge is the first opening of the summer. The week starts with dinner on Friday, Aug 2nd and goes through lunch Friday, Aug 9th. The white powder wonderland has become a patchwork of colorful flowers - Avalanche Lilies, Bog Orchids, Lupine, Indian Paintbrush, and many more. Marmots whistle by their dens. Ski runs have become hiking trails. Summer at Mt. Baker Lodge offers wonderful hiking on a great variety of trails. Numerous trails are within walking distance or a short drive from the Lodge. Many are suitable for children. Artist Point is just 3 miles away at the end of a paved road, with panoramic views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, and the North Cascades. Snow play opportunities usually are abundant through the end of August. Trails usually are completely snow-free by mid-August, giving even inexperienced hikers access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pacific Northwest. For a list of trails and trail conditions visit the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest webpage. Under Quick Links click on Road & Trail Conditions then click on Mt. Baker Highway (State Route 542). A guest speaker at Heather Meadows Visitor Center will talk about lions and bears at 1:00 pm Saturday and amateur astronomers will be at Artist Point with their telescopes at 9:00 pm, weather dependent. If you've visited the Lodge only in winter, or not at all, make your plans now for a special summer treat. The lodge is open to Mountaineers club members and the public with reservations on a first-call basis to the clubhouse (206) 521-6001 or through on line registration. Sign up for 1 to 7 days. Three meals a day are available for vegans to carnivores, dairy and gluten free. Please tell us your preferences, and any allergies, at sign-up. Meals are included in the lodge fees. Signup & Cancellation deadline is 5pm Monday July 29th NO REFUNDS after that time. Visit the Baker Lodge website at www.mountaineers.org/bakerlodge/ for additional information. The lodge will be open on Friday by 4:00 pm. Trail lights from the parking lot to the lodge are on until 10:30 each night. Each person should bring a sleeping bag, personal gear, and a flashlight and/or headlamp plus a towel for the shower. The lodge sleeps 62 dormitory style and operates on a cooperative basis with those staying at the lodge helping in the operation. Drive north on I-5 to Bellingham, and take exit 255, the Mt. Baker Highway. Drive east on SR 542 about 54 miles to the ski area. At the junction in front of the Firs Chalet turn right onto the one-way loop road around Picture Lake. The parking lot for the Mountaineer Lodge is on the right side of the road about 0.3 miles beyond the Firs. Driving time approximately 1 1/2 hours from Bellingham and 3 hours from Seattle.
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