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Hadley Peak - 7515 '
Miles RT: Elevation Gain: Rating:
15 5500' Unknown
Map: GT - #13 Mt. Baker
Season: summer

The view of Baker's north face from Hadley's summit is spectacular.  The ridge walks along Skyline Divide and Chowder Ridge might be one of the best I've ever done.  Hadley Peak sits closely N of Mt. Baker and is the highest and the eastern most point of Chowder Ridge.  This scramble is sometimes done as a day trip, but at 14+ miles and 5000' of gain it would be a full day.  Much more enjoyable to make it a weekend trip in my estimation.
The forecast was pretty good for Saturday, and pretty rainy for Sunday.  Made sense to make Saturday the summit day and have a short easy hike out on Sunday before it got drizzly.
We camped just below Skyline Divide near a small stream about 3.5 miles from the trailhead.  We followed a good climbers path along Skyline and continued near the crest on Chowder Ridge to the summit.  No problems with the scramble.  Loose rock, scree and some unavoidable sidehilling, but otherwise no concerns. 
Great views from the summit made it pretty hard to tear ourselves away.  As a result, we didn't actually make it back to camp until dark. We slept in Sunday morning but were still able to beat the rain back to the car.
Lunch at Milano's in Glacier (a new favorite) and a pretty slow drive home in the rain.

 August 23-24, 2008      
Neil in the flowers  
Skyline Divide Pt. 5884?  
Down to a camp
Up to Skyline Divide  
Hadley & Baker - Chowder Ridge  
Hadley & Chowder Ridge
Rough Chowder  
SE from Chowder - Baker  
Chowder Ridge & Hadley
Mt. Shuksan
NW along Chowder  
Jagged ridge
Chowder, Cougar & Skyline
Hadley Peak  
Pano from Chowder
Mt. Baker  
Hadley summit
View east - Shuksan
Summit & ridges  
Digital film is cheap
Mt. Baker pano  
Leaving the summit
Around or over?  
Hadley Peak / glacier
Chowder Ridge & Hadley  
Pano Chowder Ridge & Baker
Roosevelt Glacier - Mt. Baker  
Sunset  Hadley
Goat herd on Cougar Ridge  
Chowder Ridge
Chowder & Skyline  
Baker Sunday  
Skyline Divide
Skyline Divide  
Tomyhoi, Am Border & Larrabee
Prime time flowers  
Route Map
Drive Hwy 542 East from Bellingham/Demming to the town of Glacier.  About one mile east of town find the Glacier Creek Road and follow the sign turning left and following (Chase?) the signed road for 13+ miles to the Skyline Divide Traihead.  If Cougar Divide Trailhead is open (closed between November 1st and July 1st) it might be the preferred (shorter) route.
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