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Mount Baker Squak Glacier skiing photos: Scott Paul trail, Crag View
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This is a gallery of Squak Glacier skiing photos which appeared on the Turns All Year home page in the past. Thumbnail images on this page can be clicked to view the full-sized photos, and lead into a slide show sequence for the gallery. The photos are from a backcountry skiing trip to the Squak Glacier, on the south side of Mount Baker, Washington, via the Scott Paul trail and Crag View.
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from July 11, 2005:
Scott Paul trail, Squak Glacier skiing, Mount Baker, Washington,
June 29, 2005

Hiking the Scott Paul trail
Hiking the Scott Paul trail
Huh?
Huh?
Way trail toward Crag View
Way trail toward Crag View
Hey Vince!
Hey Vince!
Lunch, nap, and wait, next to Crag View
Lunch, nap, and wait,
next to Crag View
Vince takes a bearing
Vince takes a bearing
Faith-based skinning on the Squak Glacier
Faith-based skinning
on the Squak Glacier
Mount Baker puts in an appearance
Mount Baker puts
in an appearance
Skinning in the sun, with Sherman Peak above
Skinning in the sun, with
Sherman Peak above
Kevin appears out of the fog
Kevin appears out of the fog
Vince nears our high point
Vince nears our high point
View up the Squak to Sherman Peak
View up the Squak
to Sherman Peak
Vince tests the snow
Vince tests the snow
Vince skiing the Squak Glacier, with Sherman Peak
Vince skiing the Squak Glacier,
with Sherman Peak
Vince turning on his new waxless skis
Vince turning on his
new waxless skis
Kevin
Kevin
Kevin skiing nice snow on the Squak Glacier
Kevin skiing nice snow
on the Squak Glacier
Kevin
Kevin
Charles skiing the Squak Glacier
Charles skiing the
Squak Glacier
Kevin
Kevin
Kevin
Kevin
Vince and Charles pose
Vince and Charles pose
Squak Glacier seracs
Squak Glacier seracs
Kevin
Kevin
Vince
Vince
Kevin
Kevin
Kevin
Kevin
Squak Glacier and Sherman Peak
Squak Glacier and
Sherman Peak
Kevin skiing in the fog
Kevin skiing in the fog
Vince skiing in the fog
Vince skiing in the fog
Traverse back under Crag View
Traverse back
under Crag View
Kevin below Crag View
Kevin below Crag View
A little all-terrain skiing
A little all-terrain skiing
Avalanche lillies by the way trail
Avalanche lillies by the way trail
Lower Squak Glacier through the fog
Lower Squak Glacier
through the fog
Squak Glacier and Mount Baker from Scott Paul trail
Squak Glacier and Mount
Baker from Scott Paul trail


Photos by Kevin Hagen, Vince Barnes, and Charles Eldridge

Backcountry skiing trip report:
Scott Paul trail, Squak Glacier skiing, south side of Mount Baker, Washington,
June 29, 2005

    The early bird didn't get the Squak worm today on the south side of Mount Baker. We were basically in fog the entire way up, then broke into a clear zone around Baker's summit at around 8000 feet on the Squak. As we skied down, we somehow managed to always be in a clear area even though clouds were still moving across the slopes.
    Kevin, Vince and I left the car at the Scott Paul trailhead at about 9:00. Very nice trail, a little muddy here and there, with cool and misty conditions. At the 4600 foot saddle we got onto the way trail which led us back up to the ridge and the first significant snow. We hiked to 5400 feet and took a break in the fog to consider our options. None of us had been on this route before, so it was difficult to know how to proceed with the low visibility. During our break, however, the clouds briefly parted and we got a glimpse upward to the lower Squak Glacier and Sherman Peak. We then skinned up continuous, though runneled and cupped, snow along the east side of Crag View and to the flats just above it. There we took a longer break, with naps, hoping that the clouds would back off and let us see the route up the Squak. That never happened, but at 3:00 we decided to skin up the fall line, figuring that we could just follow our tracks back down if it stayed foggy.
    The snow on the Squak was smooth and corned, and we were eager to get more turns on it so we just kept skinning up through the fog. Vince and I skinned up parallel to each other, 10 to 20 yards apart, outlining a safe corridor for turning on the descent. We saw several small crevasse openings to climbers right of our route, but came across nothing threatening. At around 8000 feet we broke into the clear zone around Baker's summit. The clouds were looming dark to the west and blowing by toward the east just below us, but we now had blue sky and sunshine. Between 8000 feet and 8400 feet, where we stopped, a layer of newer snow appeared, in some places up to 12 inches deep by pole probing.
    We hung out at our high point for a little while, trying to decide if we should go higher, but it was getting late (5:00) so we started down. The skiing down to Crag View was great! The new snow layer, having not baked in the sun all day, was fast and fun, and below that was just plain good corn. Vince got his first turns on his new Karhu Outtabounds waxless skis. Our halo of good visibility followed us down, even though there were still clouds and fog around, so we didn't have to be quite so slow and cautious. It was interesting to keep getting new views on the way down - seracs, lower Squak, Baker Lake - which we could only imagine on the way up. Below Crag View areas of runnels and suncups made the skiing less than perfect, but skiing was still much better than hiking. A couple of heather traverses let us keep skiing down to about 5100 feet, right where the way trail drops off the ridge.
    Charles

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