Whacme Mountain Whac-A-Mole / 瓦克米山上玩打地鼠

Lake Whatcom and Bellingham
Lake Whatcom and Bellingham

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It rained well into the early hours; then it finally stopped around 8 AM. On our way to the Mission Ridge area, I realized that this was the final ski weekend. Not wanting to deal with the resort crowd or the 25+ mph wind forecast, I turned around before Snoqualmie Pass.

I only found out about Whacme Mountain on my way to the sunny Puget Sound area. According to user Redwic on SummitPost, the mountain goes by three different names: Haner, Whatcom-Acme, and Whacme. I like the last one the best.

The Lowdown on Whacme Mountain

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

Wickersham Truck Road Walk

From parking area 2, we walked past the gate and began hiking on the Wickersham Truck Road. Usually, I would prefer taking the trail when given as an option. But arriving past noon to a parking lot full of cars, we avoided the Chanterelle Trail altogether. Our preferred route choice also came with open views.

The road intersected the trail a few times before continuing southeast toward Whacme Mountain on its own. The few hikers, mountain bikers, and dogs we met along the way helped pass the time. We caught up to the group of bikers that passed us earlier while on their break. They were getting ready to head back down from the spur trail junction at mile 3.4.

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Continuing on an Unnamed Road

We continued and arrived at a three-way junction in less than half a mile. From there, we took the middle road through the power line and headed east. Then in half a mile at the next fork, the path veered north toward the summit. Before the road bend, we got some views toward the Twin Sisters Mountain in clouds.

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The Forested Whacme Mountain Summit

Finally, in less than one mile we arrived on the flat and forested summit. Trees on here grew so closely together that we couldn’t see anything. So after tagging the highest point, we came out of the forest onto the road. We sat facing east the whole time since most views were in that direction.

We spent a good hour hanging and waiting for clouds to move away from Mount Baker. Twin Sisters Mountain, however, slowly emerged right after we arrived. Up until now, I had no idea just how long of a range the mountain was. There were many distinct high points on that range: 14 summits to be exact.

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Puget Sound Islands

It was not possible to see the sound from here. So we hiked down to one of the several clearings northwest of the summit to check out the scenery. There was lots of logging debris along this side as well. Then pup and I met Andrew from WWU on his bike by the log pile. We chatted for a while before parting ways.

I could see many of the Puget Sound islands plus a couple of high points we had visited before. The identifiable summits were Lookout Mountain and Anderson Mountain. Lake Whatcom sat at the foothills west of this mountain, east of Bellingham. Oh, and there was also the view of Lyman Mountain back on the east side.

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Hiking out on Hertz Trail

I wanted to try something different on the down. So first, from the viewpoint, we headed west downhill through light logging debris. Then we came upon massive down trees at the bottom. Good thing we were able to dig ourselves out after bushwhacking for a short distance.

Just on the other side of the brush was a road. From there, we hiked one mile downhill and arrived back at the three-way junction. Back at the spur trail, we followed the steep mountain biking path down to Hertz Trail by the water. A mile and a half of strolling along the scenic Lake Whatcom and we were back to where we started.

Hertz Trail outro
Hertz Trail outro

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