A Springtime Visit to Trapper Creek Wilderness


On a late spring day I drove to the north side of Trapper Creek Wilderness, a nine square-mile designated wilderness in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

It was overcast with a constant stream of drizzle from the skies. There goes the spectacular views of five snow-covered Cascade volcanoes I said to myself.

But, an ardent Northwest adventurer is never deterred by a little rain.

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

After reaching the summit of Observation Peak, an old fire lookout site, I spent time photographing the colorful wildflowers in bloom. The open, rocky summit is always a dandy spot for wildflowers.

Next I hiked to neighboring Sister Rocks. The bright white plumes of beargrass, and many other wildflowers, added colorful variety along the way.

Other than some fresh deer and bear sign, I had the wilderness to myself.

Trailhead

Trailhead

View of Observation Peak from Sister Rocks

View of Observation Peak from Sister Rocks

Cat's-ear Lily

Cat’s-ear Lily

Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness

View of Trapper Creek area from Observation Peak

A cloudy view of the Trapper Creek area from Observation Peak

Spreading Phlox

Spreading Phlox

Wildflower garden on Observation Peak

Wildflower garden on Observation Peak

Avalanche Lily

A rain-drenched Avalanche Lily

Trail descending Sister Rocks

Trail descending Sister Rocks

 

 

 

 

 

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4 comments

  1. Beautiful flowers, and I just never get tired of shots of trail signage. They are so classic. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Quote of the Day: “But, an ardent Northwest adventurer is never deterred by a little rain.”

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