Heather Meadows

Fire And Ice Interpretive Trail

Mt Baker National Forest

Glacier, Washington

Mt Baker Hwy, 23 miles E of Glacier

The area from Mt. Baker Ski Area to Artist Point, towards the end of Mt. Baker Highway, is Heather Meadows. Lakes dot the landscape at the base of Table Mountain and Mt. Herman. Evidence of the area's volcanic origins and glacial shaping are readily apparent in this area.

That is the basis for the Fire and Ice Interpretive Trail that begins and ends near the Heather Meadows Visitor Center near Austin Pass. This is a fairly easy 0.5 mile loop trail, part of which is paved out to a viewpoint.

Along the way, visitors will see the glacier-polished tops of some basalt columns and the sides of other glacier-exposed columns, clear evidence of the area's volcanic origins. Upper Bagley Lake comes into view along this hike. It is located in an old glacier cirque at the base of Table Mountain.

There are a number of other trails in this area, including the Bagley Lakes Trail and Chain Lakes Trail.

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Patterns in the Basalt (C14A0130)
Glacier action over the volcanic basalt layer exposed the sides of some basalt columns while smoothing the tops of others.

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Upper Bagley Lake (V04A0255)
This one-time glacier filled lake is visible from the Fire and Ice Trail. The Bagley Lakes Trail is a 1.5 mile round-trip hike that follows the eastern shore of the lake.

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