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Inge starts his trek with a cigarette.The gang sets off through the forest.Just after crossing a logging road. The trail gets much steeper after this point.Up through the forest.Josh looks over at the always-impressive Mount Baker from a point on the trail where the hiking becomes a bit more of a scramble.Josh and Serge negotiate the stairs that someone kindly built on the steep upper section of the hike.The wild flowers were amazing - and very prolific!The group on the summit of Elk Mountain with Mount Baker in the background.Grinding our way up the middle bump on the way to Mount Thurston.Looking back at Elk Mountain from near the middle bump. Chilliwack in the background.Looking up the valley between the Border Peaks and Mount Slesse.Ashes to ashes.Hiking from the middle bump to Thurston Mountain. There was a few beautiful meadows on this stretch.Finally we get some views to the north.The only indication that we're on a summit.The view from just off the summit, looking back at the middle bump and Elk Mountain.