Ok, forget North Mountain - it's saved for a future date.
New destination: Mt. Baker Hot Springs (Rd 1130 off the Baker Lake Rd). Worst case scenario is less than a 10 mile road walk on snow. Best case scenario is awesome weather and a fun time.
No, I have no intention of 'soaking'.
While in the neighborhood, I'll consider visiting nearby Rainbow Falls near the hot springs and then the Shadow of the Sentinels trail on the way home. May also explore a campground or two if time allows.
Now I'm smiling. :)