Haner Mountain by Lookout Mountain via Lake Whatcom Park / 瓦克米山上玩打地鼠

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Haner Mountain by Lookout Mountain also goes by two other names: Whatcom-Acme, and Whacme. It is mainly accessible via Wickersham Truck Road and sits right outside Lake Whatcom Park. Meanwhile, to the near south sits Stewart Mountain’s south peak.

Haner Mountain over Lake Whatcom
Haner Mountain over Lake Whatcom

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Haner Mountain at a Glance

Access: Lake Whatcom Park (park map)
Round Trip: 11 miles
Elevation Range: 360′-3087′
Gear: none
GPS track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

Wickersham Truck Road

It rained into the wee hours but stopped after 8. Then on our drive to the Mission Ridge area, I realized it was the final ski week. So I turned around before Snoqualmie Pass, not wanting to deal with the crowds or the 25mph+ wind.

After seeing a jam-packed parking lot, I wanted to avoid Chanterelle Trail, where most people would be. So we took Wickersham Truck Road from the gate by parking area 2. But the route we were on ended up offering more open views.

Wickersham Truck Road by the powerline
Wickersham Truck Road by the powerline

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Unnamed Road

The road crossed the trail several times and continued southeast to Haner Mountain. We saw a few hikers, mountain bikers, and dogs en route. Then at mile 3.4, we caught up to the bikers from earlier preparing to take the spur track.

We reached a three-way fork in another half a mile and took the middle road east through the powerline. Then we turned north toward the summit at the next junction. I saw the cloud-capped Twin Sisters Mountain from there.

The final stretch
The final stretch

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Haner Mountain Summit

We arrived at the flat and treed summit in under a mile, so dense that we couldn’t see much. So we came back out onto the road after touching the top. So we took a long break facing the east, where the views were.

We spent an hour hanging out and waiting for clouds to move away from Mount Baker. Twin Sisters Mountain slowly appeared afterward. Up until now, I had no idea how long the range was. There were many 14 distinct summits on the mountain.

East panorama below Haner Mountain
East panorama below Haner Mountain

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Puget Sound Islands

We couldn’t see the lake here, so we walked down to the northwest side. Then we checked out the views by one of the clearings with logging debris. Then we met Andrew from WWU biking through and chatted for a while.

I saw many Puget Sound islands and a few places we had visited before. Then there were the nearby Lookout Mountain and Anderson Mountain. I later got a glimpse of Lyman Hill back on the east side.

Puget Sound and islands
Puget Sound and islands

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Leaving Haner Mountain via Hertz Trail

I wanted to exit differently and went west through light logging debris from the top. But we ended up getting ourselves in the massive down trees. Glad we could dig ourselves out after going through some brush.

On the other side of the brush was another road we took back to the three-way fork. Soon, we took the steep bike trail down to Hertz Trail. Then we walked 1.5 miles along the scenic Lake Whatcom back to the car.

Lake Whatcom Park Hertz Trail
Lake Whatcom Park Hertz Trail

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