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raising3hikers
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PostFri Oct 09, 2009 10:24 pm 
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The boys didn't have school today, so what else to do but take a hike.  After my climb of Maude and 7FJ yesterday, I needed a cool down hike with a lot less elevation gain.  I haven't been to Yellow Aster Butte before but I now know why people say that fall is the best time.  We left the TH around 12:15 and instantly started gaining elev. until we reached the bowl to traverse around the other side of the valley to great views of Baker and Shuksan.

Goat Mtn.
Goat Mtn.
The boys in colorful meadows
The boys in colorful meadows
a lot of red
a lot of red
Baker
Baker

We reached the south side of YAB and looked down to see many small lakes or tarns.  I told the boys that it could be a side trip after the climb.  We made it to the false summit for a break.  Our goal was the real summit about a quarter mile to the north.  It looked like an easy enough climb, so we made our way along the ridge and made it to the top of the pointed summit.

Shuksan
Shuksan
Yellow Aster Butte summit
Yellow Aster Butte summit
tarns
tarns
Jayden and Ryan looking over the valley
Jayden and Ryan looking over the valley
Larabee and the Border Peaks
Larabee and the Border Peaks
Summit shot 6241'
Summit shot 6241'

After a break we quickly made our way back down to the trail and headed down to the tarns.  This was the highlight of the trip.  What a cool place these little lakes sit in.  Reflections everywhere and views of all the mountains.  We wandered around there for a while and decided to go back.  I would have loved to make this into a backpack and go up to Tomyhoi but the kids have football games tomorrow.  We got back to the truck and the kids and I agreed that this was a great scenic hike.

tarns and Tomyhoi
tarns and Tomyhoi
Border Peaks
Border Peaks
Yellow Aster Butte
Yellow Aster Butte
more red
more red
tarns
tarns
Baker
Baker
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PostSat Oct 10, 2009 7:06 am 
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Nice pics r2h!  Looks like a great boy's day out  up.gif
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PostSat Oct 10, 2009 9:41 am 
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Nice set of pictures! up.gif  up.gif  up.gif

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PostSat Oct 10, 2009 3:51 pm 
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What a great looking hike! I've been meaning to do this one, but your photos sealed the deal for me. I think i'll head up there on Monday should the weather cooperate.
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PostSat Oct 10, 2009 4:07 pm 
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Your photos are beautiful!  I am always looking for hikes that would be good for kids...looks like yours were having a great time!  Wonderful views...I hope to do this hike sometime.  Love the shots of Mt Baker (or Mt Bakery, as my kids call it...)
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PostSun Oct 11, 2009 3:26 am 
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Great colors now that is the peak of fall, the Butte looks so peaceful, ready to hibernate.
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PostSun Oct 11, 2009 1:49 pm 
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Amazing fall color. One of my favorite hikes. Thanks for sharing.

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PostSun Oct 11, 2009 5:07 pm 
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Love the tarns pics.  up.gif
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PostSun Oct 11, 2009 5:58 pm 
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I was planning to get up there but had to face the fact I've got so much to do at home...
Now looking at your beautiful photos...I should've gone! bawl.gif
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PostMon Oct 12, 2009 7:27 am 
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i love it.......wonderful autumn colors and crispness.  best of all, no bugs!

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