Sister Rocks!


In early July I hiked to two interesting destinations – – – 4,200-foot Observation Peak and 4,300-foot Sister Rocks.

The Trapper Creek Wilderness, where the hike occurred, is smack dab in the middle of the Cascade Mountains with a dense upper canopy of hemlock and silver fir trees.

For a long-time elk hunter I was treated to two fun events. Driving north of Carson to the trailhead, I spotted a large herd of elk in a pasture.

Later, while hiking to Sister Rocks I jumped another herd of elk. As they were moving through the timber, the bird-like sounds of the cows and calves talking to each other were clearly heard.

Then, bringing a smile to my face, a couple of young bulls attempted to bugle.

Beautiful music to the ears of a wilderness aficionado.

Observation Point in the distance from Sister Rocks

Observation Point in the distance from Sister Rocks

Lousewort (what a name!)

Lousewort (what a name!)

Cow Elk and two calves

Cow Elk and two calves

White Rhododendron

White Rhododendron

Into the wilderness

Into the wilderness

Merten's Coral Root Orchid

Merten’s Coral Root Orchid

Pleasant stretch of the trail

Pleasant stretch of the trail

Campion

Campion

Silver Fir

Silver Fir

Spotted Coral Root Orchid

Spotted Coral Root Orchid

Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams

Cow Elk

Cow Elk

Bear-grass (few are in bloom this year)

Bear-grass (few are in bloom this year)

Cat's-ear Lily

Cat’s-ear Lily

 

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