September 15, 2014. Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Whatcom County, Washington.
I started off with the intent to summit Hadley Peak, but had to settle for getting most of the way up Chowder Ridge before turning around, due to not being properly equipped to cross treacherous snow.
But even just to the end of Cougar Divide is a great hike. The trail is a bit rough because it’s not maintained by the Forest Service, but not too bad.
To get here head east on Mount Baker Highway from Bellingham, then turn off on Wells Creek Road, the road to Nooksack Falls. Drive all the way to the end, nearly 13 miles (go left at the fork about 12 miles up). Like the trail, the road is rough, and not maintained after crossing Wells Creek 6 miles in. Not recommended for low-clearance vehicles.