The weather forecast called for a 40% chance of thunder showers, a perfect afternoon to head up into the North Cascades.
The 7-mile loop trail is perfect. The parking area is right off of the highway, at Rainy Pass which is about 4,800 ft elevation. The trail switchbacks up through thick forest, swings along side an open curved slope and climbs to the junction with a spur trail to Lake Ann. Continuing up, you break out of the trees as the path angles up, above the lake, on its way to Heather Pass. There are camping spots here, and often water. Every step from here is better than the last, the views open up: Cutthroat Peak is right across the highway, Black Peak and the spikes of Early Winter Spires and countless other peaks all adorn the horizon.
Once you reach Maple Pass you can see south, into the Glacier Peak Wilderness and beyond. Soon the trail reaches its highest point and you can see the switchbacks steeply plunging down, down to the shores of Rainy Lake.
If you start later in the day (hit the trail at 2pm or so) you’ll get some wonderful light. Just remember to bring head lamps and flashlights for the hike down in the dark!
Happy Holidays! Time for a Christmas Fire Sale!
Here is a sampling of Canvas Wrapped Prints which I have for sale, now. Below each image is its caption, size of print and price. Please message me if anything interests you!
Edison is a small town in NW Washington, not far from Puget Sound. Located in Skagit County, Edison is just north of the town, Bow, along Chuckanut Drive. Heading west, passing through town the Bayview-Edison Road zig-zags and soon comes to a cause-way type bridge over the slough.
These next 4 images are from just before the sun crested the horizon…
The Enchantments is an area with in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, near Leavenworth, Washington.
Crammed into a small area there are myriad lakes, tarns and jagged peaks. One of the many allures of the Enchantments are the larches which turn bright orange and yellow in the fall. The juxtaposition of (hopefully) blue skies, green spruce, orange larch and as we encountered, white snow, is a wonder on the eyes!
To camp overnight requires a permit. To get a permit involves entering a lottery and hoping for good luck!
Earlier this year I decided to apply for the permits and was lucky enough to win a permit for October. However the weather at the start of October was horrific, high winds, a veritable deluge of rain and in the upper alpine zones, snow. By the time my allotted time came around things started to brighten up, and so, off I went.
I managed to recruit two hardy souls to come along and we headed over Stevens Pass to Leavenworth and on up to the Snow Lakes Trail head. the first days hike was a little more than 10 miles and 4,000feet of elevation gain and we camped out on a sand bar along the shore of Upper Snow Lake.
Upper Snow Lake
Day two brought partly sunny skies and we hoisted our heavy packs for the 4 mile hike up to Lake Viviane. The trail was steep in spots and there was much snow. The area around the lake was very windy, and it took some time to find a flat, sheltered place for the tent.
By late afternoon the skies looked decidedly dark and so we made our way back down to Upper Snow Lake and back to the car the next day…
I am definitely planning on entering the lottery again for the next years hiking season!
The New Year is almost here…well not really, but it IS time to think about 2014 Calendars!!!
A BIG Thank You to everyone who offered input by voting for their favorite images! If one of your faves is missing I am sorry and will try to include them in the 2015 version!
Here are 12 images of Washington State: From the Mount Rainier to Mount Olympus, Skagit Valley to Puget Sound; balloons, tulips and glaciers, waterfalls and the Milky Way…all photographed in vibrant color…
2014 Washington State Calendar, a set on Flickr.
The Calendar is printed on thick (100#) White Linen Paper. The exact calendar size will be 12.5 x 18.5″. It is Wire Bound with calendar hanger.
The printing is magnificent, all of the images are very sharp.
The cost is $30.00 each with a $8.00 shipping cost (for shipping anywhere in the US, if you’d like it shipped overseas, email me for prices)
Send in your payments (checks or money orders only, please!) to:
440 Nelson Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
The calendars will ship out within 24 hours of your order being received.
NOTE: The calendars are for sale in Sedro-Woolley at
The North Cascade Veterinary Hospital on Highway 20
The Sedro -Woolley Chamber of Commerce, located down town on Metcalf Street
Cook Chiropractic on 639 Sunset Park Drive
North Cascades National Park headquarters on Highway 20
I can’t wait to return!
The Goat Rocks Wilderness is located in South-Central Washington along the spine of the Cascades Mountains. The Goat Rocks are the remains of a volcano, their jagged peaks jutting above the forest. With Mount Adams to the south and Mount Rainier to the north, the views are always awesome!
July brings snow melt and wildflowers. The wilderness is easy to access, camp sites abound and no permits are needed! Here are a few pictures!