9.04.2014

Anderson Point , Baker Lake

Mt Baker from camp

My girlfriends brother invited us for a quick backpacking trip to Baker Lake. Never exploring the area before I quickly said yes. Once I found out it was only a 1.6 hike into camp I was a little disappointed, only 1.6 miles that's nothing .
The weekend came and went. The flat 1.6 miles I quite enjoyed. The campsite we captured was right on beautiful Baker Lake with stunning views of Mt Baker!! 
The overnight trip was easy, enjoyable and relaxing compared to most my backpacking trips. Not that I dont enjoy all my trips but once in a while a low-key trip is a must. I look forward to the next one.

All 6 campsites became snatched up before nightfall. There were 3 more camps further down the trail where one is likely to find more solitude. 
The views of baker were quite impressive. Looking out the tent I was spellbound of the 10,000 ft beast.
No fish were caught. The ranger said the lake is not for good fishing except when the USFW  department releases sockeye salmon every summer bringing them up from below the dam. Fishing is also good when the kokanee start to feed which occurs in july and august. I'm down for that!! Backpacking,camping and fishing for salmon all in one place. Fish fry!!!!! I'll be back!!!

PERFECT NAP TIME SCENERY
MAKE SHIFT BRIDGE JUST BEFORE CAMP

Trail #: 610

Miles:1.9/ 3.8 round trip

Land: Mt Baker National Forest 

Permit: NW forest pass

Elevation Gained:


Parking Lot: Enough spaces for about 12 cars after that park on Forest R.

Campsites: Anderson has 6 sites that i saw

Camping:There are 4 primitive hike in camps: Anderson point, Maple grove, Silver creek, Noisy creek

Boating: Instead of backpacking into the campsites you can boat in from the several boat ramps from the westside of baker lake

Wildlife seen: None

Map: Green trails 13S

Directions: From Seattle - Take I-5 north and exit at exit 232. Head east on Cook road towards Sedro-woolley.At the traffic circle take the 2nd exit onto Edward R.Murrow st. Next,turn right on F and S Grade road. Next take a left onto Hwy 9 which will next bend right and turns into Hwy 20. Take Hwy 20 for 16.9 miles and turn left onto Baker lake Rd. Follow Baker Lake rd for awhile until Forest Road 1112 appears, take right. F.R. turns into F.R. 1106. Follow it across the dam and then take a right onto F.R 1107. Trail head will soon be on your left.

8.23.2014

Talapus Lake

FROM A WESTSIDE CAMPSITE
Looking for a quick morning or evening lake hike?
Just say 
"Talapus Lake" and say no more.
My GF and I along with her brother hiked up to Talapus Lake a few weeks ago for an evening hike. After running the Rock and Roll half marathon, like we couldn't get enough exercise, we romped up to Talapus on its quick easy 3.2 miles round trip trail!! 


FROM JUST OFF THE TRAIL

Just off I-90 Talapus has easy access. This trail is very popular and  is in great condition because of it. At around 6oo elevation gain beginners and experts alike can meander up the trail with minimal effort. 
The lake holds fish but we weren't able to fish it as half way up the trail while on a quick water break i laid down both fishing poles and accidentally left them there. There they layed halfway up as we sat disappointingly enjoying the evening's mosquito frenzy at the lake. Thanks to gracious hikers both poles were waiting for me back the trailhead.
Several campsites are available at the lake. The lake is very brushy along the shoreline except for the far end of the lake which is only accessed off trail.

Trail: #1039 Talapus lake trail

Miles roundtrip: 3.4 mi

Permit: NW forest pass, if staying overnight in a wilderness permit it required for the alpine lakes wilderness area

Elevation gained: 4,500 feet 

Campsites: I saw 5 total sites

Parking lot: a large number of parking spaces, with a toilet

Map: Green trails map 207S

Wildlife seen: None

Nearby trails: Olallie lake trail- which is another 1.4 miles from Talapus lake. Pratt lake trail #1007, Mt Defiance trail 1009

Directions: From I-5 take exit 45. Follow forest rd 9030. Stay on 9030 by taking a right after .8 miles. The trail will be on 9030 2.4 miles from the right turn.