The rain has set in and the days are short. Avoiding boredom necessitates a little creativity, which for me includes revisiting past hikes, editing images and trying to fashion a reasonable representation of a place.
The approach is from Tonasket, west to Loomis and then up the Toats Coulee Road to the Iron Gate Trail head.
The sky was blue and trees bright.
Iron Gate Trail Head Trees
The trip along the Boundary Trail (Doubling as the Pacific Northwest Trail) offer long vistas, green forests and in early October, brilliant orange larch.
The trail is a lot of fun, the old Tungsten Mine is an interesting place to explore, and Apex Pass provides sweeping views of Remmel Mountain and the east side the of Amphitheater Mountain.
The larch inhabit a band between 6,000 and 7,000 feet of elevation.
Arriving at Cathedral Pass its a short stroll down to water and reflective views!
Not a bad place to camp!
Amphitheater Mountain, Reflected in a snow-melt pond
Heading down a little ways to Upper Cathedral Lake just before sunset provides all you need for a true orgy of picture taking!
Back up at the camp site the setting sun made the trees look even more afire!
The sensory overload was fun!
The hike back provided more changes in colors…
The trees along the road had a decidedly different look after only 4 days…