Tag Archive: cascades

Ptarmigan Ridge

If you are looking for trail that is relatively short and easy but doesn’t sacrifice views, Ptarmigan Ridge is one to consider. It lets your car do the hard work of raising from… Continue reading

Welcome Pass – Excelsior Peak Traverse

If you crave supreme views of the North Cascades, Excelsior Peak is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite. The vistas, including such icons as Mount Baker and Mount Skuksan, stretch all the way to… Continue reading

Tanks Lakes

The trail to Necklace Valley starts on a gentle grade gaining only about 600 feet in the first 5 miles as the path meanders through lush second-growth forest. In the spring and early… Continue reading

Burroughs Mountain Loop

From the countless variety of day hikes Mount Rainier NP has to offer Burroughs Mountain is one of my favorites. Most people pay it a visit in the summertime when the drive to… Continue reading

Blanca Lake

33 switchbacks through a second growth forest lead to a ridge and a sub alpine meadow and then the trail drops to a glacier fed lake. This is how in a very short… Continue reading

Park Butte Lookout

During the height of their time in the 1930’s there were around 5000 fire lookouts constructed in the US, perched atop tall rugged and often not easily accessible mountain tops. Washington State alone… Continue reading

Mount Dickerman

The peak we decided to climb today is officially named Dickerman Mountain but it is more commonly referred to as Mount Dickerman. Nowadays even guidebooks often stray from the official designation. The mountain… Continue reading

Observation Rock

Of the trails starting from the Mowich Lake entrance of Mount Rainier NP, Spray Park is the most popular choice. If you asked, many hikers would admit the views of Mt. Rainier looming… Continue reading

Yellow Aster Butte and Beyond

When you ask hikers about their 5 favorite overnight trips in the North Cascades, Yellow Aster Butte often makes the list. And rightly so. At the end of the trail there is a… Continue reading

Mount Maude

August 30 – September 1, 2014 It’s less than a week since our arrival from the amazing John Muir Trail in California. One would think that after 21 days and approximately 230 miles… Continue reading