Sunday, August 13, 2017

Glacier Fed Waterfalls on a Hot Day

Mom: We braved the somewhat smokey hot day for a hike at Mt. Hood Meadows, a little 4.5 mile loop in search of Umbrella Falls. Driving by White River we both noticed how brown and bare it looked without the snow.
Mom: The wildflowers on the hillside were very pretty.
Mom: The valley below us with a little bit of haze.
Mom: Amy was hot and climbing a little but we took lots of breaks in the shade and were glad to be up at a higher elevation and avoiding the heat of town.
Mom: More beautiful wildflowers!
Mom: The view below.
Mom: The Indian Paintbrush flowers were especially pretty.
Mom: We were hiking through Mt. Hood Meadows, right under the ski lift!
Mom: Flowers next to a little stream.
Mom: Obligatory Selfie.
Mom: We hiked slightly up in the open meadow until we reached this view of Mt. Hood.
Mom: Mt. Hood was seriously melting but super pretty.
Mom: Amy got in about up to her waist. She was so excited that while I cooked lunch she went in shoes and all.
Mom: More flowers near the waterfall.
Mom: Umbrella falls.
Mom: The bridge at the bottom of Umbrella Falls
Mom: Refreshed and ready to find the next waterfall.
Mom: You can't go under this one and I decided not to sit in it but I did rinse my hat and let the glacier water cool my neck.
Mom: Such bright Indian Paintbrush!
Amy: I wish it was windy so mom would take a video of the huckleberry.
Mom: This is the second waterfall, Sahale Falls. We had to do some climbing and root scrambling to get down here.
Amy: This was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cold, it came right off a glacier.
Mom: Headed back up to the trail and to the car, totally refreshed and glad to get on an adventure together!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Goat Rocks Day 3- Heading home from Cispus Basin

I woke up my final morning in Cispus Basin after two stunning days. We got an early start due to the heat and came upon a few marmots to great us early on. We hiked about 7 miles on this day.
Back at Cispus Pass
Heading down I reflected on my gratitude for this time in the high mountains and with the many flowers.
I enjoyed delicate Mariposa Lilies on the way down.
These Lupine looked like a carpet or a stream of blue in the midst of yellows, green, and white.
The trusty PCT markers showed us we were still on the right track.
We passed Sheep Lake once again and climbed down the Nanny Ridge trail at a brisk pace to beat the heat. I was sorry we did not have another day to enjoy the Goat Rocks but very grateful for everyone's health and safety, and this opportunity to enjoy some BEAUTIFUL parts of this wilderness. I don't think the Goat Rocks has seen the end of me!

Goat Rocks Day 2- Finally reaching the Knife's Edge!

I woke up early to this view outside my tent. Today we were doing an out and back dayhike from Cispus Basin, through Snowgrass Flats, and up to the Knife's Edge. We ended us covering about 11.5 miles.
Filtering water in the early morning and enjoying the basin.
Wildflower wonder!
I hear the common name for these is "Mouse on a Stick"
Sun peaking up into the basin.
Good morning Cispus Basin!
We headed up the trail into popular Snowgrass Flats. This is the biggest cairn I have ever see that people add rocks to as they get to this point.
I had been wowed by wildflowers this whole trip but now I was really amazed at the Wildflower meadow. Whatever I may have missed at Dog Mountain earlier this spring this MORE than made up for it!
Mt. Rainier? with SO MANY wildflowers!!!
Snowgrass Flats.
We continued to climb above Snowgrass Flats and crossed a few snowfields but did not need microspikes.
The view from partway up!
Old Snowy Mountain- not too safe for a scramble summit today but we climbed right beside it.
I made it to the highest point on the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington 7200 feet!
Here I am at the start of the Knife's Edge section of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Old Snowy Mountain stood guard!
You can see the knife's edge right along the top of the peaks.
We decided to hike some along the knife's edge and got about halfway, then decided to turn around due to time and distance. We met several thru hikers. It was much more up and down than I expected which is partially why it can be scary due to all the loose rock and exposure.
Taking a much needed break!
My hiking companions headed up the knife's edge.
Mt. Rainier in the distance. We climbed back to 7200 feet a second time. It really was uphill both ways ;-)
Back at Snowgrass Flats I was again wowed by the wildflower meadow.
The diversity and number of flowers was stunning.
On the way back to camp I took a very cold shower.
Sunset in our Cispus Basin Home. Very sore and tired but amazed at what this section of trail had to offer today.