Exploring Along the Mount Baker Scenic Byway (4): Fire and Ice Trail

September 30, 2012

Table Mountain reflected in alpine lake along the Mount Baker Scenic Byway

Before leaving the Heather Meadows area, I stopped for a picnic lunch in a parking area adjacent to this small alpine lake.  It featured a perfect reflection of Table Mountain on its mirrored surface.

Another network of hiking trails originates from this parking area.  I elected to walk a short, 1/2-mile, loop trail called the Fire and Ice Interpretive Trail.  This was another easy hike with lots to see and marvel at.

The Fire and Ice Interpretive Trail

Spectacular fall colors along the trail

The heather (green) and huckleberry (red) grow together low to the ground.

These old trees are slow growing in the alpine landscape.

Pearly everlasting

Fire and Ice Interpretive Trail 

Overlooking a lake in the basin below the trail

Interesting water features

I don’t know what gives the waters their interesting colors.

Overlooking another chain of lakes

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4 Responses to “Exploring Along the Mount Baker Scenic Byway (4): Fire and Ice Trail”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    I think I’m going to just sit around and pout. My gosh! How can you stand to be in the presence of so much beauty? It certainly makes our end-of-summer coastal prairie look a little… uh….boring. I think I’m going to have to sharpen my sight!

  2. melanyrae62 Says:

    So beautiful. We are in Bellingham today. You have just persuaded me to take a drive up. My friend, visiting from Wisconsin will be blown away.


  3. […] once before in September 2012 (you can see my blog posts about that trip here and here and here and here), and I was now again feeling its call.  So when I read that the final stretch of the 57-mile […]


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