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Into the 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 37 degrees and 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 few wildflowers in bloom. The open, rocky summit is always a dandy spot for wildflowers.
Next I hiked to neighboring Sister Rocks. There was still some snow on the trail in places.
Other than some fresh bear sign, and passing several hikers on the way back, I had the wilderness to myself.
Avalanche Lilies and Trillium after lots of rainfall
Wallflower and a soggy Agoseris
Huckleberry, Oregon Anemone and Spreading Phlox
Mt. St. Helens from Sister Rocks from a previous hike on a much nicer day