Group 5. Some hikes in the Washington Cascades.
9 March 04.
These hikes are in the southern part of the state along the Cascade Crest
Trail up to the region around Mt. Rainier National Park and took place over
the past 20 years. My hiking in this region goes back to the 1950s
when my brother and I went with my Dad into Pear and Apple Lakes above Bumping
Lake to try to catch some fish.
As one leaves the Columbia River and heads north along the Cascade Crest,
the first really interesting area encountered is a collection of meadows
and lakes know as Indian Heaven.
Clear Lake in Indian Heaven. A higher resolution photograph
would show numerous fish rising, even in mid-day.
A typical meadow in Indian Heaven. Earlier in the year
these areas are loaded with flowers and misquotes.
Traveling north, the next feature encountered is Mt. Adams. Here's
a sampling of photos from a backpack along the west side.
Crossing a creek along the southwest side.
My camp high on a ridge with a view to Mt. Rainier. The camp location
was picked because it was close to a small off trail lake.
The early morning calm on the west side of Mt. Adams.
The northeast side of Mt Rainier, known as "Sunrise Park."
There are numerous wonderful hikes out of this area.
Looking west from the summit of Burroughs Mountain in Rainier National
Park. Here an old friend, Linus, and I had repeated the hike some
30 years after we did it the first time. During our first walk on
the hill we encountered a total white-out on the descent. We thought
we were on the right course when the fog moved in. After a bit we got
out a compass only to find that we had circled around by 180 degrees. Nothing
like an experience of this sort to turn one into a believer!
The Cowlitz Chimneys as seen from Burroughs Mountain. These
peaks would be considered more exciting and interesting if they were not
hiding within the shadow of Mt. Rainier.
Mt. Rainier, as the dominant feature in this part of the state, lies just
west of the body of the Cascade range. As such, the Cascade Crest
Trail passes along the ridges on the east of the "big one." But there
are other features.
Major peaks south of Mt. Rainier, but still north of Mt. Adams
and Mt. St. Helens are the Goat Rocks, dominated by Gilbert Peak, at the
left extreme of this photo taken from the summit of Old Snowy, a high but
otherwise less than spectacular peak.
Mt. Rainier often seems to hang in the distant air when viewed from
the surrounding regions. Here's it's seen from Old Snowy in the Goat
Mt. Adams as seen from the Goat Rocks. Mt. Adams is an often
overlooked feature in the state and offers some great alpine experiences.
This split rock formation in the Goat Rocks is a classic feature
on the Cascade Crest "Trail" before it crosses the ridge near Old Snowy and
heads north. The trail is buried under many feet of snow on this
early July day.
The Crest Trail passes through the Goat Rocks and slowly drops to White
Pass where it enters a region with hundreds of lakes. The trail follows
the high ridge to the west of most of the water, but close to much of it
if further exploration is desired. This region is now appropriately
named the William O. Douglas Wilderness Area. The reader of this site
with curiosity about the nature of this country nearly a century ago is referred
to the Douglas classic "Of Men and Mountains."
Here we see American Lake. This lake is only a mile off
of the Crest Trail and is the source of the American River, a fishing destination
of years long past.
Beargrass near American Lake as fog blows over the ridge from Cougar
and Bumping Lakes.
Cougar Lakes as seen from the ridge above American Lake. The Lakes
can be reached cross country from here, or via trail from American Lake.
A corner of Bumping Lake can be seen in the upper left corner of this
Here's a shot of grandson Chris on the ridge between American and
The next feature to the north is Chinook Pass. This area is scenic
for both the hiker and the automobile traveler. The pass is closed
for much of the year, but usually opens by mid June and remains open into
September or October. The hiking season where the trails are bare
of snow is shorter. But the folks willing to camp on snow can escape
the crowds of later summer. (We still have to return to catch the
flowers in the meadows!)
Grandson Tom snow camping with me near Chinook Pass in 2002.
The larger feature immediately above our tent is Seymore Peak. The
summit on the skyline with the dominant snow covered slope is directly above
Cougar Lakes, show in previous photos.
Tom loads a few more photos into the digital camera he carried.
The antenna is equipment that both of us used for some amateur radio activities.