(we had our lunch on the big rock)
Mount Baker and Coleman Glacier
The day was beautiful and sunny and we arrived at the trailhead around 10:00 in the morning. There were quite a few cars at the trailhead, but we soon found that most of them belonged to climbers who were on their way to the top of Mount Baker, since that trail and the trail to Heliotrope Ridge are the same for most of the way to the ridge.
Along the Trail
There were very few wildflowers blooming, and though I saw a couple of native orchids, they too were finished blooming and had produced their seedpods. There were, however, a lot of mushrooms and other fungi, since the weather the past few weeks has been quite wet. I managed to get some decent pictures of some of them and enjoyed looking for them.
Sweating Red-banded Polypore
Salmonberry and Fruit of False Solomon's Seal
Lupine and Asters
Queen Anne's Lace and Lupine
We had only about a five mile round trip and so were off the trail by 2:30 and back home again by 4:00 in the afternoon. All-in-all it was a very pleasant hike, though I lost my hiking tripod in one of the streams we had to cross. I was the only one who did not get wet feet, but in my efforts to avoid wet feet dropped my tripod which the stream quickly carried beyond reach.
Kulshan Creek Falls