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This shot was taken up near the North Cascades National Park in northern Washington. It was such a crystal clear day that you really could see for miles and miles. This mountain is Mount Baker, which is not actually in the North Cascades National Park, but right adjacent to it. This was one of my first shots of the morning and I later hiked to the other side of this valley just beneath where the snow is in the photo, an area called Coleman Pinnacle.

On clear days in Seattle you can see Mount Baker to the north. It's also so white! The other mountains seem to lose tons of snow compared to Mount Baker who just packs it on.

Here is some additional information on Mt Baker:
Mount Baker (3,285 meters; 10,778 feet) is an ice-clad volcano in the North Cascades of Washington State about 50 kilometers (31 miles) due east of the city of Bellingham. After Mount Rainier, it is the most heavily glaciated of the Cascade volcanoes: the volume of snow and ice on Mount Baker (about 1.8 cubic kilometers; 0.43 cubic miles) is greater than that of all the other Cascades volcanoes (except Rainier) combined. Isolated ridges of lava and hydrothermally altered rock, especially in the area of Sherman Crater, are exposed between glaciers on the upper flanks of the volcano: the lower flanks are steep and heavily vegetated. The volcano rests on a foundation of non-volcanic rocks in a region that is largely non-volcanic in origin.

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