The fog was thick at 7 am Monday morning. It was Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and I had the day off. The weather forecast said “Partly Cloudy” for Bellingham, while the Ellensburg area said “Freezing Fog”. Looks like I’ll stay on this side of the Cascades today.
My plan was to explore the trails on Chuckanut mountain / ridge a bit more. It hadn’t rained in a while so I was hopeful that there wouldn’t be too much mud. I followed motorcycle tracks (as per usual) along the muddy PNT and climbed. Soon, I noticed the fog thinning and blue sky and sun was in the tree tops. Yes! Trails weren’t muddy up high, and I headed north to the Chuckanuts and looked around the Pine and Cedar Lakes. Very peaceful places.
Lunch (Subway footlong) was head on Raptor Ridge and I even got to see Mt. Rainier in the distance!
Then, I rode the Hemlock trail up. That was fun and techy. Lots of wet roots, some switch backs, and plenty of dabs were had. My heart reate was way out of aerobic, but it was just too fun to rest. Farther along, the Hemlock trail turns into the Chuckanut Ridge trail – pretty steep HAB for at the northern end and then turns into unbelievably nice single track heading south. I met some college kids on a hike and they were commenting on the beautiful views of Mt. Baker. What a clear view!
A couple times, I could sneak a view over the foggy Pudget Sound, what a sight – and 45 F made for another pleasant rest stop to eat the other half of my sandwich.
The clearest view of Mt. Baker was had from the clearcut south of the South Lost Lake trail where I had ended up by accident on a previous ride.
After this, I headed back to the car and was dreaming of getting junk food from the Alger Shell station. That hit the spot 🙂
Stats: 30 miles, 6500 ft. el., 7 hours, GPX track