Mount Baker Geology 2: Artist Point

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
Class Tuition $95.00
Clock hours 6.0
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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.

LEARNING CENTER ACCOMMODATIONS: Single, Double, Triple and Quad Accommodations are for families and groups who wish to guarantee lodging with specific individuals during their stay. Triple and Quad Accommodations will require use of an upper bunk, accessible by an easy-to-use ladder. Hostel pricing is the cost for sharing a room with up to three other participants. The number of occupants per room (1-4) will be determined based on the total number of hostel guests each night. We do not guarantee a room with your requested roommate under this option, and you may be lodged in a mixed gender room. Please do not select this if you have participants under 18 in your group.

The Learning Center campus features classrooms, a dining hall, a library, outdoor learning shelters, trails, a canoe dock and an amphitheater. Our three guest lodges have shared gender-specific bathrooms with showers and each room contains two sets of twin bunk beds, desks, wardrobes and wireless internet connectivity. Facilities and local trails are all ADA accessible and a personal mobility vehicle is available. Delicious, healthy meals incorporating local and organic foods are provided in our dining hall. If you have special dietary requirements or food allergies, we will gladly attempt to accommodate them with advance notice. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate pets.

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Field Guide to North Cascades Institute