Canyon Creek Meadows on a Beautiful Day


On a cold, crisp autumn morning I drove to Jack Lake a few miles east of Three Fingered Jack. The mountain’s reflection in the lake was crystal clear.

The hike into the meadows of Canyon Creek Basin underneath the glacial moraine of the old volcano was spectacular. The 7,841-foot jagged summit was highlighted by streaks of red volcanic seams.

Instead of returning on the trail to the lower meadows, I took a large circle to the north. Going off-trail is one of the best ways to explore an area. As I descended the steep ridges several deer were spotted, and I saw various places underneath the timber where deer had made beds to spend the day.

Upon returning to the lower meadows, I took a loop back to the trailhead. What a nice place to enjoy a wilderness setting.

Three Fingered jack reflected in Jack Lake

Three Fingered Jack reflected in Jack Lake

Red volcanic seams on Three Fingered jack

Red volcanic seams on Three Fingered Jack (notice the Alpine Hemlock growing high on the mountain)

Young Mule Deer sneaking by me

Young Mule Deer “sneaking” by me

Penstemon in bloom in mid-October at a mile high

Amazing! Penstemon in bloom in mid-October at a mile high

Trail leading to upper meadows

Trail leading to upper meadows

Mushroom

Mushroom

Wilderness sign-in

Wilderness sign-in

Small pond along the trail

Small pond along the trail

Three Fingered Jack

Three Fingered Jack

Pleasant stretch of trail

Pleasant stretch of trail

Morning frost at jack Lake

Morning frost at Jack Lake

 

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4 comments

  1. I love that hike. Great pictures. I really enjoyed looking at them.

    Tom

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  2. you seem to have always good weather on your hikes!! 🙂 I hope this luck continues – great photos once again!!

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