We’ve been having such gorgeous fall days that we decided to head up to Mt. Baker this past weekend to take advantage of probably one of the last rain-free weekends of the season!
It was actually the first time we had been up to the mountains this summer, which is pretty abnormal for our family, but between Artist Point being closed really late this summer and smoke, we really didn’t have a chance to go. We started the day pulling off at Picture Lake and walking around the quick half-mile loop. This trail is ADA accessible and fantastic for little hikers!
We drove up to the Artist Point parking lot and debated whether or not to do a full hike. Our kids weigh about 35 pounds each and I didn’t want to end up carrying them really far. We started down the Table Mountain trail which is rocky and not too steep to begin with. The kids were doing awesome hiking so right before we got to the steep part of the trail, Seth ran back to the car to get our kid carriers and water/snacks.
We went up Table Mountain two summers ago too but carried the kids 100% of the way (and they both weighed a lot less then!). Seth got back with all of the supplies fairly quickly and we loaded the kids up in the packs. This trail is NOT GOOD FOR LITTLE KIDS unless they are in a backpack! It is less than a mile from the parking lot to the top, but gains over 700 feet of elevation. There are pretty intense, rocky switchbacks right on top of each other for the last 1/8 mile or so.
We made it to the top with the kids and found a great place to have a snack. The views from the top are incredible! If you have kids that like to run away from you this might not be a good hike either because there are pretty significant drop-offs on the sides of Table Mountain. The top is relatively flat though!
Artist Point is a beautiful place to visit even if you don’t do any hiking! We want to do some longer hikes, but we are trying to feel out how far our kids will be able/willing to go without being carried the whole way!
WOW your children are growing up. I love to hike so loved the pictures even more. Remember when you son was so sick..all I wanted was him to be a normal child for his age. And to see him that way is a true blessing. Your family remains in my morning prayers!
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So true! Thank you for continuing to pray!!
I loved seeing this blog and the pictures are so beautiful. I feel like this summer went by so fast, and we didn’t get the chance to really enjoy. I want to take a trip to the mountains too! LOL. We went to Mt. Baldy last winter, it was beautiful! The fires have really made just driving up there and looking around difficult for us too. But when we visit my parents home in Lake Elsinore, the area is gorgeous. That trail looks so pretty, my girls complain when we say let’s go for a walk…I wonder what they will say if we are going hiking? LOL. Love seeing your little ones so healthy and happy. God bless you and your family!