I always venture up to Mt Baker for a day of snowshoeing. I try to make it up in the Spring as well because we are usually blessed with bluebird sky days which make artist point even more breathtaking.
I checked the weather for December 4 and it was looking pretty good, so I decided to head up to Mt. Baker. We had not had any new snow for several days so the top layer of snow was pretty solid, but under that was a good eight inches of pure powder. Because it was early in the season I decided to take my snowboard with me so I can ride down. I have not done that before so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. For such a nice day I was surprised there weren’t more people up there. Quite a few people were on skis. I strapped by snowboard onto my backpack and wore my snowshoes up the trail. Surprisingly it was pretty easy to carry my snowboard. I bought it would be heavier than it was so that was a pleasant surprise.
We had bright blue skies and a full moon was over the Ridgeline! That was pretty cool. What I really like about Artist Point is there are so many trails to explore. You can really venture off in almost every direction. From the upper section you can see almost the entire snowshoeing area. The 360 views are really some of the best in the state.
I found a nice spot up top that was off to the side. It normally is a pretty quiet area, even when other people are around, but not this day. There was a group of 3-4 women across the ridge from me and one of them was so loud! Super loud talker with an obnoxious laugh. It was really detracting from the normal peace you get in the outdoors.
I have this one hill that I figured would be pretty nice to snowboard down. It crosses this meadow and heads downhill back to the main trail. This would be a nice ride and cut down on the amount of hiking time. I packed my snowshoes in my backpack and strapped into my board. I have to say in my mind it made total sense. In real life, it was a bit more challenging than I anticipated. For one the crust on top was not thick enough to ride on top so everytime I turned my board sank all the way down in the snow. The slope wasn’t steep enough to maintain enough speed to keep going in deep powder. On top of that the weight of my backpack was causing some serious issues with my center of gravity. About halfway down I just gave up. The trail was too skinny to snowboard on and there were too many people on the mountain now. So with the best of intentions, I actually just ended up carrying my snowboard more than anything. Don’t think I will do that again.
It was still a great day!