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Huntoon Point

  • Wed, Feb 18, 2015
  • Huntoon Point
  • Snowshoeing

Our group of 9 went on an Intermediate Snowshoe to Huntoon Point on Monday, February 16 to take advantage of the 3-day Holiday Weekend. The entirety of the Baker Highway and all of the Ski Area parking lots were snow-free, bare and dry. Snow in the Heather Meadows area is less than 2 feet deep with many patches of dirt showing through. The path from the road to Baker Lodge was all dirt except for about about 20 feet which was under 6 inches of snow. The lodge is using the summer door. We started at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead (which this year has a brand new permanent double wide heated outhouse). Lower Bagley Lake was about 50% melted out and its drainage was flowing. The first 10 feet of trail were bare dirt, after which we were on continuous but very hard snow all the way up to Artist Point and beyond to Huntoon Point. The snow depth at Artist Point was 190cm (6’ 3”) as measured with an avy probe we carried with us for that purpose. We were treated to comfortable temperatures, bright sun and lots of blue sky with enough clouds mixed in to keep to keep the views above us as interesting as the view around us. Shuksan and Mt. Baker were lovely as always. We saw perhaps 20 other people and 4 dogs the entire day (not counting people the ski area), and capped the day with pizza on the way home at Chair 9 in Glacier.

 

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