June 9, 2009
This was taken along the Baker Lake trail earlier this spring, although it’s fairly representative of a lot of Washington State hiking. As you all well know, the Seattle area gets a lot of rain, and one of the effects of that is that the state is extremely green. The forests are extremely thick, and the trees are TALL. I actually find it somewhat annoying, because it can be hard to find trails that have great views, since most of the time you’re just stuck in the trees.
This trail was no exception. I mean, sure, it’s a nice trail, the forest is really pretty and all that. But, considering that it’s a trail around a lake, it’d be nice to actually be able to see the lake from time to time. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you get my point. In all seriousness though, this was an enjoyable trail to hike. It doesn’t have a lot of elevation change (which is nice if you’re out of shape and hiking with your kid in a kid-carrier backpack for the first time) but you still get some nice views of Baker Lake and the big peaks (Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan) that surround it. Baker Lake is a GREAT place to go camping and such, although despite it’s large size, it’s pretty easy to miss, because you have to know it’s there. (it’s about 15 or 20 miles up a forest road, so you would never stumble on it while you were driving by…)
So, go check it out.
Map: Meh, there’s a trail in there somewhere: http://tinyurl.com/nq7bjc
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/100s, f/4.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 50mm.