Trapper Creek Wilderness

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Observation Peak

In early June I drove to the north side of Trapper Creek Wilderness, a nine square-mile designated wilderness in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

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

The Wilderness area where the hike occurred is smack dab in the middle of the Cascade Mountains with a dense upper canopy of mountain hemlock and silver fir trees.

After reaching the summit of Observation Peak, an old fire lookout site, I broke out a snack while enjoying the 360-degree view.

The vistas from the Peak and neighboring Sisters Rocks were spectacular, with five snow-covered Cascade volcanoes dominating the skyline. Although, wildfire smoke was causing lots of haze to the south and southeast.

The bright white avalanche lilies lined the lower trail, and many other wildflowers added colorful variety to the hike.

What a nice day to be in the wilderness.

Huckleberry flower

Mt. Adams from Observation Peak

Spring Beauties


Observation Peak from Sisters Rock

Avalanche Lily

Glacier Lily

Mt. Rainier from Observation Peak

Rock Penstemon

Into the Wilderness

Avalanche Lilies

Mt. St. Helens from Sisters Rock






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  1. Absolutely stunning. You have so many glorious mountain peaks in this part of the Northwest. I really appreciate seeing them here, John, and the labeling of each one. Mt. Rainier is one of my favorite mountains and always brings me joy just to look at a photo. Fantastic wild lilies here, too.

  2. Such colorful flowers! Life is a-bloom! These remind me of Spring in a state that has seasons. 🙂

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