Surrounded by Mt. Shuksan, Ruth Mt, and Icy Peak, and Jagged Ridge, the Nooksack Cirque is so freshly chiseled from the early crust that is looks like the glaciers left only moments ago. Curtains of waterfalls cascade over precipitous edges and add a welcomed mist on a hot summer day. If it weren’t for the poor access, the Cirque would be as popular as Skyline Divide. Be prepared to ford Ruth Creek, bushwhack through old growth forest and slide alder, and scamper along the gravel bars of the upper North Fork. Round trip might be up to 9 miles with only 600 feet of elevation gain. The plant diversity should be high since avalanche chutes often deliver alpine flora down to montane valleys like this. Meet at the southeast corner of the Sunset Square Safeway parking lot at 8:00 AM. We will return with our mountain treasures (of memories and berry stains) around 6 PM. If you have any questions, contact Abe at or 360-303-1339.