Mount Baker Hot Spring,
fond memories of the the way it was in the 1970’s
Near Baker Lake and Concrete, Washington in the Cascade Mountains of northwest Washington.
During the 1960’s and 1970’s the Skagit Alpine Club built a soaking tub, a changing room, and an outhouse nearby. Then in 1978 the Forest Service removed the man made structures and filled in the hot spring. They said it was to return to a more natural setting, but local speculation was that it was to get rid of the party atmosphere that included drugs, alcohol and sex. The hot spring is still there and for the past 20 or 30 years people still hike the one third of mile from the road. In the spring they dig it out a little. I have not been there since the 1970’s, but I’ve heard that it is now about 2 feet deep and filled with silt. When the photo was taken it was about 4 feet deep and had a sandy floor. The wooden structure had benches on all four sides so that it was like a hot tub. The few times that I went there I never saw more than 2 or 3 other people and there was never any party. I do have to admit that we did bring in beer. I miss the serenity, the forest and the 100 degrees of relaxation.
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