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

I discovered Whacme Mountain on my way to the sunny Puget Sound area this morning. According to SummitPost, the mountain goes by three different names: Haner, Whatcom-Acme, and Whacme. But I like the last one the best.

Whacme Mountain over Lake Whatcom
Whacme Mountain over Lake Whatcom

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Whacme 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 well into the early hours. But it stopped around 8 AM. Then I realized this weekend was the final week for skiers on my drive to Mission Ridge area. Not wanting to see the resort crowd or deal the 25mph+ wind, I turned around before Snoqualmie Pass.

We first walked past the gate from the parking area 2. Then we hiked on the Wickersham Truck Road. I usually prefer taking the trail when it is an option. But with a parking lot full of cars, we avoided the Chanterelle Trail entirely. Our route choice also came with open views.

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Walking the Unnamed Road

The road intersected the trail a few times. Then it continued southeast toward Whacme Mountain. Along the way, we met a few hikers, mountain bikers, and dogs. Later, we caught up to the group of bikers who had passed us earlier. They were preparing to go back down via the spur trail at mile 3.4.

We continued and arrived at a three-way junction in under half a mile. From there, we took the middle road through the power line and went east. Then at the next fork, the path turned north toward the summit. Right before the road bend, we had views of the Twin Sisters Mountain in clouds.

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Whacme Mountain Summit

In less than one mile, we arrived on the flat and forested summit. Trees on here grew so densely that we couldn’t see anything. So after staying on the point, we came back out onto the road. Most views were on the east. So we took a break while facing that direction the entire time.

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.

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Puget Sound Islands

It was not possible to see the water from here. So we hiked down to northwest of the summit. Later, we stopped by one of the clearings to enjoy the scenery. There was lots of logging debris along this side as well. Then pup and I met Andrew from WWU biking by the log pile. We chatted for a while before parting ways.

I saw many Puget Sound islands plus a couple of places we had visited before. The recognizable summits were Lookout Mountain and Anderson Mountain. Lake Whatcom sat at the western foothills, east of Bellingham. Oh, and I saw 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 from the viewpoint, we went west downhill through light logging debris. But there were massive down trees at the bottom. Good thing dug ourselves out after a brief bushwhacking.

Right on the other side of the brush was another road. So from there, we hiked one mile downhill and went back to the three-way intersection. Later at the spur trail, we took the steep mountain biking path to Hertz Trail down by the water. Then we walked along the scenic Lake Whatcom for 1.5 miles to go back to the car.

Hertz Trail outro
Hertz Trail outro

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