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Skagit River

The first overnight hike of 2002


Cut Log

Still early in the season, but Andrea wanted to go hiking and camping so we tried to find a camp ground that involved a little hiking but wouldn't be overflowing in this  weekend (June 1st and 2nd).  Originally we were thinking of going to a place on the Coquihalla, but asking around we found there was still snow on the ground!  Andrea found the Skagit river in one of her books and my 103 hikes had a good description as well.

Cutting Branches

Start of Hike

The trail is well developed (a few newly blown branches), and in good shape.  After about a km we ran into a wet section - 50 meters of trail with 20 or so cm of water sitting on it.   My tall boots and gaiters worked for the dash, but Andrea's boots didn't fare so well - thankfully Andrea had an extra pair.

Flooded TrailAndrea Ringing Out Socks

Mine Near Silverdaisy Creek

Old Ford Truck


A little less than 2km into the trail is an abandoned cabin and truck that used to be associated with the Silverdaisy mine.  I believe the mine was opened in the 1930's, but there is no sign of a mine at the camp.  There is an old truck "parked" out front - decaying into the forest.  I don't know how they got it in here or where it drove to.

Old Ford TruckInterior of Old Ford TruckOld Ford Logo

The cabin has two rooms - a bedroom (there were outlines for bed frames) and a kitchen with a large old stove (now beaten up).  The roof and walls have holes and the floor is getting close to rotting through.  Out the window is an amazing view - a waterfall on Silverdaisy Creek.

Old Mining ShackWaterfall on Silverdaisy CreekSilverdaisy Creek

After leaving the mine area we entered a section of pristine forest.  Most of this area was logged years ago, but a few sections of forest are untouched.  There are many fallen logs on the floor - sometimes stacked deep.  A forest fire would burn very well here.

2 km MarkerWalking Through Tall Trees
 
 

Andrea Sitting at the Side of the Trail

At four km we came to Delacey Camp - a large flat area that has been cleared to make space for tents.  The river was flowing high - the high water mark was just a few inches below the highest locations we could find to pitch a tent.

Delacey Camp

After setting up camp and eating lunch, we went our for a hike.  We walked further down south down the trail and took pictures of the local plant life.

Orb Weaver Spider With Four FliesRose TwigWestern Trillium - Trillium ovatum

Common Red Paintbrush - Castilleja miniataFairy Slipper - Calypso bulbosaMushroom

Tent lit up by Flash Light


We came back after the hike and made dinner (spaghetti - it's light) and popcorn over the burner.  The camp site doesn't allow camp fires (there is so much dead fall here and a root fire would take forever to put out.) so when the sun went down, there really wasn't much to do.  Tired from the hiking we went to bed.

Climbing Hatchethead Mountain (a little)

The next morning we had our porridge and granola bar (also light) and decided to go for a little hike.  The hiking book suggested a short trail to see rhododendrons.  We hiked about 10 minuets south to Twenty Six Mile Creek (also flowing high and fast) and just before the creek there is a little trail that runs up the hill.

Twenty Six Mile CreekPool of Water on Twenty Six Mile Creek

The trail is well marked with flagging tape, but recently felled trees and branches block a few parts.  After about a km of walking the trees start to change and rhododendrons start shooting up.  The rhodos are much sparser than what you see in gardens, but still neet to see.  We only found one bush in bloom - unlike most, it was in full sunlight.

Andrea Climbing Through RhododendronsRhodos up Hatchethead

Andrea Standing on Bluff

As we continued to climb up, we left the rhodo zone and the trees changed to thinner pine trees.  Then, abruptly the trail ends.  There is a bluff with a view of the valley, but it's somewhat anticlimatic.  We walked back down the trail, and noticed a poorly marked spur that continued up the hill.  We took it on faith for a short period and then found the trail much better marked.

The View from Hatchethead Mountain (half way up)

The trail continued up and up until we reached a clearing.  (It probably went even further - we didn't have the time explore it properly).  We had lunch here soaking up the view and cooling off from our hike.  The mountains on the center right of the panorama are labeled Marmot Mountain, but the snow covered peaks aren't labeled on my topo maps.  A little digging at the BC geographical database suggests it is probablyMount Andrews.

Panorama from Half way up Hatchethead

We hiked back to camp, packed up, and hiked the 4km out.  Overall - a great hike!  Below is the topo map for area - not terribly helpful, but better than nothing.


 


Flooded Trail
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Andrea Standing on Bluff
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Silverdaisy Creek
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Western Trillium - Trillium ovatum
Species: Trillium ovatum (Western Trillium, Pacific Trillium)
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Rose Twig
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Orb Weaver Spider With Four Flies
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Interior of Old Ford Truck
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The View from Hatchethead Mountain (half way up)
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Waterfall on Silverdaisy Creek
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Mushroom
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Old Ford Logo
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Walking Through Tall Trees
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Tent lit up by Flash Light
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Old Ford Truck
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Andrea Ringing Out Socks
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Cut Log
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Common Red Paintbrush - Castilleja miniata
Species: Castilleja miniata (Giant Red Indian Paintbrush)
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Old Mining Shack
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2 km Marker
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Andrea Climbing Through Rhododendrons
Cutting Branches
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Twenty Six Mile Creek
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Fairy Slipper - Calypso bulbosa
Species: Calypso bulbosa (Fairy-Slipper Orchid)
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Start of Hike
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Rhodos up Hatchethead
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Pool of Water on Twenty Six Mile Creek
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Old Ford Truck
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Andrea Sitting at the Side of the Trail
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Delacey Camp
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Panorama from Half way up Hatchethead
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