A Wilderness Visit to Meeks Table


The Meeks Table Research Natural Area is in the William O. Douglas Wilderness.

After several days of heavy rain and wind storms in the Central Cascades of Washington State, I had one last day to do a hike.

I’ve been visiting the Meeks Table area in the Rattlesnake Creek drainage for many a year. It’s situated in the eastern most portion of the Wilderness with a dryer, Ponderosa Pine-dominated environment.

After a relatively short, steep and rugged hike to the top of the mesa, I spent a few hours exploring the plateau.

Wildlife, birds, lizards and snakes often can be seen. But, due to the stormy conditions, not this day.

Still, it was a fun place to visit. Views extended to the Rattlesnake Mountains and McDaniel Lake.

Beavers have been busy on Rattlesnake Creek

Beavers have been busy on Rattlesnake Creek

Typical rock formation in Rattlesnake area

Typical rock formation in the Rattlesnake area

Turkey Vulture having a snack (a very suspicious elk carcass)

Turkey Vulture having a snack (a very suspicious elk carcass)

Trail ascending a steep talus slope

Trail ascending a steep talus slope

The lower end of Meeks Table above McDaniel Lake

The lower end of Meeks Table above McDaniel Lake

An old corral

An old wooden fence

One of the Rattlesnake Mountains

One of the Rattlesnake Mountains

Looking down on McDaniel Lake from Meeks Table

Looking down on McDaniel Lake from Meeks Table

Meeks Table

Meeks Table

A rain day at the Lodge

A rainy day at the Lodge

 

 

 

 

Categories: Washington Cascades HikesTags: , ,

2 comments

  1. Beautiful shots! What do you think killed the elk? Bear?

    Like

    • I suspect the elk was killed by a human. It’s possible it was hit by a vehicle. The Chinook Pass Highway was less than a quarter mile away.
      Since it was on the other side of the American River from me, I couldn’t inspect it closely. It’s suspicious because I never could make out the head.

      Liked by 1 person

What's your opinion?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: