Mount Baker Geology 2: Artist Point
|Program Series||Field Excursions|
|When||Aug 05, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM|
|Where||Artist Point- Mt Baker|
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In August, Artist Point is surrounded by alpine meadows, glaciers, wildflowers and amazing views at the eastern end of Highway 542, beckoning you into our Wild Nearby. Join Scott and Marca Babcock as we venture into the North Cascades to explore the unique geology of this world-famous place.
Our group will meet in Glacier and carpool to Heather Meadows near the Mount Baker Ski Area. Winding along the Nooksack River, we’ll examine the exposed ancient rock outcrops Mount Baker was built upon.
From Artist Point, we’ll hike the Ptarmigan Ridge trail toward the Coleman Pinnacle — an eroded remnant of a cinder cone that erupted 300 years ago on the flanks of Mount Baker.
Standing on a plateau of hardened basalt flows, we’ll savor expansive, snow-capped views of Mount Shuksan to the east and Mount Baker to the south. Further on, we’ll investigate the 300,000 year-old lava flows of Table Mountain as they reach into the great volcanic chasm of the Kulshan Caldera. In the alpine meadows — surrounded by Indian paintbrush, lupine and glacier lilies — we’ll discover layers of ash from when Mount Baker erupted 6,000 years ago.
Our guides, Scott and Marca, share vast experience and knowledge of the North Cascades. Scott spent much of his doctoral research in the North Cascades and his career as a geology professor has led him to research projects in the Olympics, Grand Canyon, Scotland, New Zealand and Antarctica. Marca is an elementary school teacher and naturalist who spent the past ten summers teaching people of all ages about the natural history of Southeast Alaska.
Participants are responsible for their own sack lunch. The trail is relatively flat but sturdy shoes and lots of water are recommended.