A quartet of peaks from yesterday’s hike to Goat Mountain: Shuksan, Mt Baker (Kulshan) peeking above Mt Herman, Mt Sefrit, and the slopes below Goat Mountain’s west summit. I think we’ll be back to try for the summit once the snow has melted.
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A quartet of peaks from yesterday's hike to Goat Mountain: Shuksan, Mt Baker (Kulshan) peeking above Mt Herman, Mt Sefrit, and the slopes below Goat Mountain's west summit. I think we'll be back to try for the summit once the snow has melted. #mountainmonday #mountaincrushmonday #mountshuksan #mountbaker #mountsefrit #goatmountain #mountbakersnoqualmienationalforest #mountbakerwilderness #northcascades
Goat Mountain in Washington jumped to the top of our hike list earlier this year when we read that its south-facing slopes often melted out by early June, resulting in easy access above the treeline and, of course, the first bloom of alpine wildflowers. And so it was indeed the first week of June that saw us heading across the border and ascending the (remarkably well-graded) switchbacks up the mountain. Despite the considerable elevation gain, the hike was not difficult and we made it to a great lookout with superb views of the mountain peaks to the south.
We knew Mounts Shuksan and Baker, but new to us were the minarets of Mount Sefrit, the closest of the peaks. Behind us, the slopes up to the summit of Goat itself were snowy enough in the wrong places to indicate that this viewpoint was as far as we needed to go. The flowers were good, the views were good, our intentions to return before the end of the hiking season were also good; alas the light was not so good, so the images are a bit dull. But that’s just a photographer’s excuse for coming back on a better day.