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The two RV Gypsies at Mount Baker
in Snoqualmie National Forest
in Washington state
July 4, 2015

Mount Baker Snoqualme National Forest sign

Douglas Fir stump

sign about trees

sign about Douglas Fir trees

sign about Mount Baker

sign about glaciers at Mount Baker

river

river

Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker National Forest. Nooksack Falls is a waterfall along the North Fork of the Nooksack River in Whatcom County, Washington. The water flows through a narrow valley and drops freely 88 feet into a deep rocky river canyon. The falls are viewable from the forested cover near the cliffs edge. The falls are a short 2/3 of a mile drive off the Mount Baker Highway, Washington State Highway 542. The falls were featured in the hunting scene of the movie The Deer Hunter.

Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker warning

Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker warning

Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker

Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker

Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker

Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker

Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker

Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker

Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker

Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker

steam from the waterfall

Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker

top of Nooksack Falls at Mount Baker

Artist Ridge Trail sign
Artist Ridge Trail sign
Artist Ridge Trail sign
sign about Mount Baker
sign about Mount Baker
sign about Mount Baker
sign about Mount Baker
cliffs
cliffs
Mount Baker

Mount Baker, also known as Koma Kulshan or simply Kulshan, is an active glaciated andesitic stratovolcano in the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the North Cascades of Washington. Mount Baker has the second-most thermally active crater in the Cascade Range after Mount Saint Helens. Mount Baker is the youngest volcano in the Mount Baker volcanic field. While volcanism has persisted here for some 1.5 million years, the current glaciated cone is likely no more than 140,000 years old, and possibly no older than 80-90,000 years. Older volcanic edifices have mostly eroded away due to glaciation.

Mount Baker sign
Mount Baker

Mount Baker is the second most active volcano in the Cascades Mountain Range. Its last eruption was in 1880. At 10,781 feet, Mount Baker is the third highest mountain in the state of Washington, and the fifth highest mountain in the Cascades Mountain range. Mount Baker has ten major glaciers on it.

Mount Baker
Mount Baker

After Mount Rainier, Mount Baker is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade Range volcanoes; the volume of snow and ice on Mount Baker, 0.43 cubic miles is greater than that of all the other Cascades volcanoes (except Rainier) combined. It is also one of the snowiest places in the world; in 1999, Mount Baker Ski Area, located 8.7 miles to the northeast, set the world record for recorded snowfall in a single season—1,140 inches.

Mount Baker
Mount Baker
Mount Baker
Lee Duquette preparing the picnic lunch

View from the picnic lunch area of the two RV Gypsies

the two RV Gypsies
View from the picnic lunch area of the two RV Gypsies
View from the picnic lunch area of the two RV Gypsies

After having a nice lunch picnic, Karen photographed some nearby birds.

a bird
a bird
a bird
a bird
a bird
a bird

Chipmunks

a Chipmunk
a Chipmunk
a Chipmunk
a Chipmunk

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