I live in the North Cascades, in Washington, one of the most scenic parts of the US. Every summer I go on backpacking trips and take pictures. I am always happy to have company.
The schedule this year is loosely based around the moon cycle. And the weather!!! I am currently into nighttime imaging, trying to capture the Milky Way and so am planning to be at certain spots when there is little or no moon. If any of these places sound interesting, at the end are more details about coming along on the trips.
Park Butte Lookout, Mount Baker. June 26 or 27
This is a short, overnight trip. Maybe 4 miles to get there. I am looking at June 26th or 27th. You can stay over night in the lookout. There will definitely be snow on the route and at the lookout. Park Butte Lookout Mount Baker from the Park Butte Trail
Snowy Lakes July 18, 19 and 20
Snowy Lakes 23 miles 3,000eg This trail starts at Rainy Pass on Highway 20 and heads north on the PCT, passing Cutthroat and Granite Passes. Wonderfully scenic trail, unsurpassed views. I am leaning towards 3 days for this hike. View from Cutthroat Pass I am not sure that this trail will be melted out enough at this date, could possibly reschedule this trip for August.
Upper Cathedral Lake. July 24th to 29th
This is a 55 mile RT hike, starting on the east side of the Pasayten Wilderness, its a wonderfully scenic trail, start at a high elevation and mostly on ridges to the lake, passing Tungsten Mine, a great early season hike, maybe mid July. 5/6 days. The Upper Cathedral Lake Basin is one of the most scenic spots I’ve visited, would be perfect for dark skies and Milky Way shooting. Amphitheater Mountain and Upper Cathedral Lake, Pasayten Wilderness
Skyline Divide August 1, 2 or 3? This would be a short overnight trip. I hiked this trail last year for the first time. The trail was snow covered. What amazing views! Definitely on the list this year, maybe late July for the flowers. 3.5 miles one way, 2,000 eg Skyline Divide Trail
Sahale Glacier Camp. September 5,6 or 7 I go to this camp site each year. Its is the best camping spot in Washington. This is a 2 day trip.
Spider Gap – Buck Creek Pass Loop – August 23 to 28
Spider Meadows Loop 53 miles, 10,400 eg I have never done this loop but the more I read about it, the more I am determined to get ‘er done. This is the year! The side trips to Image Lake, Flower Dome and Middle Ridge sound awesome!
Enchantments 14 miles 4,700 eg Via Aasgard Pass What can be said about the Enchantments that’s not covered by the name! In early October the larch turn the core area into a true wonderland of color. I have a permit (for 4 people) to do this trip Oct. 1 to 5.
Enchantments: Larch and snow!
Maple Pass Loop I will no doubt get this hike in sometime, I have done this several times, always a fantastic trip…this is one of the only hikes I would do as a day hike. 7.2 miles (loop) 2,185 eg Storm from Maple Pass
Here are few more hikes I’d like to do, not sure when…
Lookout Mountain I have never been here, it sounds like a brutal hike, would be another wonderful spot to stay overnight when there is no moon or clouds… trip one way is 4.7 miles, 4,444 eg
Yellow Aster Butte This hike has been on the list for quite a while, but I have never made it happen, would be a great September hike. 3.5 miles, 2,440 eg
Hidden Lake Lookout I have been to this lookout before, although never managed to stay overnight in it…probably need to go on a Tues or Wed… 3.7 miles, 3,200 eg (one way)
Trip details: I live in Sedro-Woolley, on the North Cascades Highway. You would need to get here and then we would car pool to the trail head. If you dont have all the equipment needed, I have lots of extra stuff, packs, bags, and tents. There are several benefits to having company: one is someone to talk to and another is someone to help carry stuff! Sharing a stove, tent etc makes it a lot lighter.
I generally hike 8 to 12 miles a day. If you’re new to photography and want to learn, I am happy to share any knowledge I have as we hike. If you’re an experienced photographer, you can teach me! If you have any questions about going on any trips, please email me at: email@example.com