Mt. Baker and Black Buttes
A closer view of Black Buttes, an old giant volcano crater on the west side of Mt. Baker. It blew out the side similar to Mt. St. Helen's. It was believed to have been higher than the current Mt. Baker.
We did this hike in mid-September when there was a little autumn color and a few plants had berries such as the Mountain Ash, Twisted Stalk, and Elder Berry. The trail to Dock Butte is quite steep with the very last portion a hand and foot scramble that we decided not try. Instead we had our lunch at the false summit and enjoyed the views. We were very glad we took the effort to visit Blue Lake also as it is a beautiful small mountain lake well worth seeing.
Red Elder Berries
Twisted Stalk berries
Bog Orchid still in bloom
Mountain Ash berries
Small mountain tarn
Panoramas of Mt. Baker and the trail near where we stopped for lunch