Into the Heart of the Trapper Creek Wilderness

In mid-June I was unable to reach the trailhead on the north side of Trapper Creek Wilderness due to deep snow and fallen trees. In early July I returned to the nine square-mile designated wilderness in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

It was a beautiful day with crystal blue skies. I was looking forward to spectacular views of five snow-covered Cascade volcanoes.

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

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. And, I admired the snow-covered jewels of the Pacific Northwest Cascade Mountains.

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

A wonderful hike of only seven miles.

Avalanche Lily

Mt. St. Helens from Sister Rock

Fritillary Butterfly

Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson from Observation Peak

Spotted Coral Root Orchids

Into the Wilderness

Mt. Rainier from Observation Peak

Bead Lily

Mt. Adams from Observation Peak

Observation Peak from Sister Rock

Beargrass (wild Lily)


Beautiful morning at the trailhead







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  1. Beautiful photos, John. I was at that trail head about a year ago and the place was swarming with yellowjackets. We didn’t even get out of our car, they seemed to be attacking our windows
    –it was crazy!

  2. There is nothing on this planet like the Cascade range. Your photos of these majestic beauties were a real pleasure, John. Whenever I am flying from northern Calif. to Seattle, I settle in next to the window to admire all the peaks. Your photos from this observation point relaxed and entertained me. I especially like the shot of Mt. Rainier with the beargrass in foreground. Wonderful to see the wild orchids too. And the one of blown-top Mt. St. Helens with the dappled-effect snow looks like a painting. All so lovely.

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