• Michael O'Keeffe

Above the Clouds in the Mount Baker Wilderness, WA

Back in August, I snuck out on a one night backpacking trip up to the Mount Baker Wilderness in the North Cascades region of Washington. Every time I come to this area I am blown away by the grandeur of Mount Baker and the surrounding North Cascades. This trip however, turned particularly memorable with a jaw dropping sunset above the clouds. I'll let the photos below speak for themselves.


My tent sitting in the fog at Yellow Aster Butte in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
When I arrived at the basin I camped, the clouds were rolling in and out.
A mountain ridge emerges from the clouds in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
All afternoon the clouds swirled in and out of the ridges.
A hiker standing above the clouds on Yellow Aster Butte with a view of Mount Baker in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
Finally above the clouds, Mount Baker makes an appearance.
Clouds roll over a ridge in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
Clouds roll over a ridgeline.
A ridge emerges from the cloud layer at sunset in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
A ridge emerges from the cloud layer at sunset.
A hiker scrambles up a ridge above the clouds in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
A self portrait high on the ridge.
A panorama of Mount Baker and the Mount Baker Wilderness at sunset in Washington.
A panorama of the view facing west. Mount Baker is to the left and the basin I'm camped is below (center).
Mount Baker and the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
The clouds began to descend as the sun set further.
Mount Baker rises above the clouds at sunset in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
Mount Baker rises above cotton candy colored clouds at sunset.
Sunset above the clouds in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
The clouds clear out of the basin below.
Sunset above the clouds in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
Sunset above the clouds.
Colorful high clouds after sunset in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
The high clouds glow brilliantly post sunset.
Clouds fill the valley below American Border Peak and Canadian Border Peak in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
Clouds fill the valley to the north. Those two peaks mark the boundary of the US and Canada.
First light the next morning as seen from my tent.
Wildflowers cover the slopes beneath Mount Baker in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington.
Wildflowers covered the slopes on the hike out in the morning.
Wildflower filled slopes beneath Mount Baker in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Washington at sunrise.
Wildflower filled slopes on the hike out.

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