Clouds and Mt Stuart

Clouds moving in
Mt Stuart with Clouds Moving In

I was on top of the South Summit of Mt Engels when I took these photos. Mt Stuart is the highest non-volcanic peak in Washington State and provides some challenging climbs in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area of the Central Cascades. I prefer not having to carry a lot of ropes and hardware … I took a climbing course long ago, but mostly to know enough to keep myself out of harm’s way.

I’ve always liked the clouds that were coming in. A storm moving through. I was glad it was a day hike.

Mist in the High Country

Mist in the High Country

This is cloud/fog coming up the Hoh River valley and across the High Divide in the Olympic National Park. In the winter the snow cover is extensive … helping to reduce the amount of understory. This is near Cat Basin, close to Heart Lake … and sits about 5000′ (1524 m). It is beautiful country and one of the most heavily visited areas in the park. (unlike the previous post) Reservations are required for backcountry visitors … the loop runs up the Sol Duc river valley, then climbs up to the high country, along a ridge, then drops back down to the valley and the return to the trailhead.

Glacier View

Glacier View

This is from Glacier National Park, along the Road to the Sun on the east side of the pass. You can see the weather hanging up on the ridge. We had been on the west side, but the snow chased us across to the east. One of the advantages of being flexible in one’s plans.

Glass Mountain, OR

Glass Mountain

Glass Mountain is southeast of Prineville in north central Oregon. It got the name from the large pieces of obsidian that are scattered across the surface. I like the showers showing off in the distance.

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