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.