Monday, August 19, 2019

Fisher-Outpost high route, North Cascades National Park

Probably the most remote and consistently-challenging trip I've done in Washington (and I believe Ben concurred). From Fisher Basin to North Fork Bridge Creek we did 11.5 miles of continuous cross country travel.

Approx. 30.5 miles, 12,000' gain, 6 bears

Fisher Basin

Pikas at work

Dying glacier on Mount Arriva

A loose descent

Lake 5972' ("Sheba Lake" dubbed by Ben)

Looking back up the multiple morraines

Lower Fisher Creek valley

Natal Creek valley

Two bears in the basin below Point 6985'

Looking back at the Arriva-Fisher group and satellite peaks

Outpost Peak and Logan in the clouds

North Cascades National Park

North side of Fisher Pass

One of three bears that we woke up to at Fisher Pass

Another bear at Fisher Pass

Logan, from low down on Outpost's north ridge

Climbing up Outpost

Last step to Outpost's summit 7910'

Goode and the North Fork Meadows from the summit of Outpost

Buckner, Logan and Boston Glacier peaks beyond

Picketts and Chilliwack group

From whence we came

Outpost's SE ridge

Outpost's SE ridge, Black Peak at left

Last look at Goode and the North Fork Meadows, from low on Outpost's SE ridge

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Big Snow Mountain 6680', Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Nice near-home adventure on a great mountain. The loop is probably more fun than an out and back on the road (which does have surprising old growth, though). ~20 miles - 6,000' gain

Big Snow Lake outlet gully

Big Snow Lake, Big Snow beyond

Tadpole explosion near Snowflake Lake 
Western Redback Salamander up at 5500' (higher than normal habitat?)

Myrtle (l) and Big Snow lakes

Big Snow Mountain summit 6680'

Great NE flank of Big Snow

Descent to Upper Hardscrabble

Little tarn in between the Hardscrabbles

Lower Hardscrabble Lake

Monday, July 1, 2019

Eastern Pasayten Wilderness loop

A good early-summer marker is the annual Pasayten Wilderness trip (2019 is year six!).

Ben hadn't yet seen the eastern Pasayten, so we did parts of the classic Chewuch-Boundary Trail loop, but included nine summits along the way and quite a bit of cross-country travel.

65 miles, 19k' gain

Chewuch River beaver

Rubber Boa

Not the usual Wilderness sign

Windy Creek trail to Windy Peak

Pano from Windy Peak

Horseshoe Mountain summit, with Arnold and Armstrong next; Ben's photo

Border monuments 103 and 104 are on Armstrong

Mother Ptarmigan distracting us from the chicks

Armstrong Creek valley, Canada

Descending Armstrong, Haig in center up next

Loudon Lake and the western edge of Horseshoe Basin

Weather rolling in

Bauerman Ridge hail storm; Ben's photo

Bauerman Ridge hail storm; Ben's photo

Apex Mountain from Tungsten Mine

Pano from Wolframite Mountain summit

Ben on Wolframite's summit

Remmel Mountain from the summit of Apex Mountain

Western Pasayten and the North Cascades from Apex

Looking at our cross country route south of Apex, down to the Chewuch

Four Point Creek basin on the Remmel/Coleman Ridge trail

The signs survive

Nice bedrock area on Andrews Creek