Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sun Mountain, McMillan Park

After sweeping the last 50km of the Sun Mountain 50m on Saturday, Ethan and I were planning on doing North Twentymile Peak early Sunday morning. The well-covered east-side storms dashed those plans and we headed back over Highway 20 and settled on getting some miles and vert in going up to McMillan Park from the Canyon Creek trailhead. This is the first climb of the Devils Dome loop.
Aunt Janie's cabin, overlooking the Methow River Valley
With Gardner
Aspens on the Sun Mountain course
Lupine and Balsamroot on the Sun Mountain course
Storey Peak and Gardner, from the Sun Mountain course
The upper Methow, punctuated by rain and sun; Devils Peak, Robinson Mountain and Beauty Peak
The afternoon storm, from Patterson Mountain on the Sun Mountain course
Fellow sweep Mike, descending Patterson Mountain
Sunrise Peak, Sherman Peak and the Craggy Peaks, from Patterson Mountain
Crater/McMillan Park trail
I love the Pasayten...
Chocolate Lily and Indian Paintbrush
Winter skiers missed their footwear transition? 
"Spring in the North Cascades?"
Small cat print (lynx?)
Crater Mountain West (left), from lower McMillan Park
Stream crossing at 4500' is no issue
Majestic Mountain (l) and McKay Ridge 

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