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.