Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rainy Pass to Harts Pass on the PCT, North Cascades

Paul and I had been planning for quite some time to run loop one at Plain this weekend, but the fires had other plans...bummer. Probably means we'll only get to run one loop, instead of both, before September.

Plan B: North Cascades 100km out-and-back on the PCT from between Rainy and Harts passes. We had cloudy, cool and rainy weather all day, so we didn't get the amazing views you can on this section of the PCT, but the North Cascades still never disappoint.

We had solid rain for most of the second half so I ended up putting my camera away, but there were a few mountain glimpses in the early evening as we came back over Cutthroat Pass.

Heading up toward Cutthroat Pass, center left
Corteo Peak, to the south
Cutthroat Pass
Hinkhouse Peak, Cutthroat Lake, ridge to Cutthroat
One steep traverse between Cutthroat and Granite passes
Top of the switchbacks above Granite Pass, looking east, which appeared to have better weather all day
Above Granite Pass; Swamp Creek drainage with Tower and Golden Horn in the clouds
W. Fork Methow valley
Looking down Brush Creek
Marmot in Brush Creek
Switchbacks above Glacier Pass, leading to Grasshopper Pass
Grasshopper Pass, center, below Tatie Peak
Contouring below Tatie Peak
Harts Pass
Flowers near Harts Pass
Water source below Tatie Peak
Mid July in the North Cascades

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