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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.
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.
Thanks Jet. The avalanche lilies pop up as soon as the snow melts. They are always a pleasure to see.
Such colorful flowers! Life is a-bloom! These remind me of Spring in a state that has seasons. 🙂
Yes. There was still snow on the ground in places. A little late winter and a little mid springtime on the same hike.