Monday, July 7, 2014

PCT/Bridge Creek to McGregor Mountain - North Cascades National Park

Long solo day in the North Cascades exploring some trails I hadn't yet been on.

There are a few brushy areas along the PCT, but otherwise it's received a lot of early-season maintenance. McGregor Mountain trail also is in great shape, with very little brush and fewer than five blowdowns, which all are easy step-overs. You can scramble for water lower down, but the trail does hit the creek gully at 5525'. There is a snowed-in crossing of the gully at 5800'.

Stehekin River valley and lower Bridge Creek already are very hot in the early afternoon (at least upper 80s).

Brush along the PCT; trail is straight ahead
Tiger Lily
Indian Paintbrush and Lupine
Great suspension bridge over Maple Creek (eight miles south of Highway 20)
From 3700' on McGregor; Tolo, Seven Sisters, Junction, Heather and Sisi ridges (zoom of Agnes below)
Looking up toward the summit of McGregor, center-left; I could actually see the radio repeater from here
The avalanche gully at 5800'
Pano looking SW from 5800' on McGregor

Agnes (left), in front of Gunsight and the large Chikamin Glacier of Sinister and Dome, both in the clouds
Park Creek Ridge (l) and the glaciers of Buckner, in the clouds
Bowan Mountain and Pass, on my return in the afternoon

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