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PostSun Sep 24, 2017 7:31 pm 
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Gothic Basin today (9/24).  There might've been some fresh snow a few days ago, but it's gone now.  Same w/ Del Campo and Gothic Peak.  Sloan and Pugh had a bit of fresh showing, surprisingly Cadet looked the snowiest of any of the local peaks.  I only briefly saw a shoulder of Glacier Peak, it appeared to be wearing a lovely new coat of white.  Plenty of people spread all around the basin, but didn't feel completely overcrowded.  All of the backpackers from Saturday night were heading down while I was heading up.  Beautiful day today.  Couldn't ask for much more.



Just as I was leaving Foggy Lake on the way down a sheriff's helicopter buzzed over VERY low.  Was heading towards Del Campo, then veered off to the right and disappeared from my view.  Don't know what was going on up there, but probably a hiker or climber injured.
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PostMon Sep 25, 2017 8:28 pm 
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Went up to the Morningstar Natural Resource Conservation Area to see if we could find the abandoned overlook trail above Big Greider Lake. We did indeed find it, but after crawling on our bellies under vine maple for a little ways, retreated to the lakes where the fall colors were prime!
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We saw no one until the end of the day, when we encountered a parade of three girls and three dogs part way up the trail. One of the girls had a normal backpack, one had a pack with a blanket hanging out of the top, and the third had a little daypack on and was carrying a Coleman tent in her hands. It rained that night, but at least each of them had a dog to keep her warm. clown.gif
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PostThu Sep 28, 2017 8:43 pm 
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Nice pics and cool colors Nancy Ann!

I ventured to the very end of the road in the Northern Selkirks today, fall colors are coming on.


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PostThu Sep 28, 2017 9:49 pm 
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Nancyann wrote:
at least each of them had a dog to keep her warm.

The eleventh essential.
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PostSat Sep 30, 2017 2:40 pm 
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Nice to see a trip report from you, CJ!
I found some spectacular fall colors east of Stevens Pass on a short afternoon trip on Wednesday, what a beautiful day!
Rock Mountain 9/27/17
Rock Mountain 9/27/17
Rock Mountain 9/27/17
Rock Mountain 9/27/17
Rock Mountain 9/27/17
Rock Mountain 9/27/17
Rock Lake 9/27/17
Rock Lake 9/27/17
Rock Lake 9/27/17
Rock Lake 9/27/17
Rock Lake 9/27/17
Rock Lake 9/27/17

And again on Friday, despite light rain, lovely colors just a little further down Nason Ridge.

Merritt Lake 9/29/17
Merritt Lake 9/29/17
Merritt Lake 9/29/17
Merritt Lake 9/29/17
Merritt Lake 9/29/17
Merritt Lake 9/29/17
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Happy Lake Ridge Loop trail, ONP, 30 Sept 2017
The weather was wet, very wet, at times.  The clouds briefly dropped wet snow flakes.  The fall colors were luxuriant, vibrant, a feast for the eyes, especially with the overcast light! The luminous reds, yellows and oranges contrasted nicely against the deep wet shades of evergreen.

I ran into only one other group of three hikers doing the loop counter-clockwise (this must have been them).  I briefly took the sidetrail towards Aurora Ridge, stopping just below Lizard Head Peak, and also went down to Happy Lake (this completed my trail-bagging of the Aurora Ridge and Olympic Hot Springs region trails, I missed these the first time I was up here).  Total loop was ~20 miles with the side trips, last 7 miles of which was with boots full of water!  It was good to enjoy the rain again!

new bridge across Crystal Creek
new bridge across Crystal Creek
Boulder Lake
Boulder Lake
mucho wet, an umbrella works nicely!
mucho wet, an umbrella works nicely!
practically a burning bush, minus speech emanating from it....
practically a burning bush, minus speech emanating from it....
some blowdown along the side trail over to Aurora Ridge just below Lizard Head Peak (this is about where you leave the trail to head NE up to the top)
some blowdown along the side trail over to Aurora Ridge just below Lizard Head Peak (this is about where you leave the trail to head NE up to the top)

A few other pictures are posted here.

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PostMon Oct 02, 2017 10:09 am 
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Fall colors at Twisp Pass were very nice on Saturday. Not many people are despite pretty decent weather.

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PostMon Oct 02, 2017 10:39 am 
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On the PCT north of Hart's Pass on Sunday. We planned to do a larchy hike to Grasshopper Pass, but the snow was coming down pretty good so we stopped at Hart's and just hiked the PCT there. We saw some thru hikers still making their way north--I always feel for them this time of year.

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PostMon Oct 02, 2017 7:19 pm 
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Pt. Defiance 100217
Pt. Defiance 100217
Narrows from Pt. Defiance 100217
Narrows from Pt. Defiance 100217

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PostSat Oct 07, 2017 3:19 pm 
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Olympic Peninsula 10-06-2017
Olympic Peninsula 10-06-2017
Olympic Peninsula 10-06-2017
Olympic Peninsula 10-06-2017
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PostSat Oct 07, 2017 6:45 pm 
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^ excellent. looks like there's a possibility that Friday might be clear out there on the west side.... maybe I'll go try to find something like that.

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PostThu Oct 19, 2017 7:14 pm 
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Blue Lake 10/5

Sunrise over the Stilly valley.  It was a very long drive, but worth it.
Sunrise over the Stilly valley.  It was a very long drive, but worth it.
Low on the trail, dense forest.  All of the Cascades look like this.
Low on the trail, dense forest.  All of the Cascades look like this.
Cutthroat.
Cutthroat.
Blue Lake.
Blue Lake.
Climbers trail.
Climbers trail.
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PostSat Oct 21, 2017 10:45 am 
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PostWed Oct 25, 2017 12:47 pm 
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Wanted to take advantage of the nice weather yesterday, so did a quick twofer w/ Lake 22 and Heather Lake.  I don't think I've done those in fall.  Lake 22 in particular surprised me w/ the color.  Several big maples in the rock slide area about halfway up, and color all around the lake, which was nicely reflected on the lake surface from almost any vantage point.  I'm not sure that I've ever been there on a sunny day when it was completely melted out before.  The lake is a lovely blue green when the light is hitting it, not sure that I've gotten to see that before.  Tiny bit of snow on the cliffs above the lake, but not a trace anywhere along the trail.  I heard pika squeaks almost constantly all the way around the lake.  Yet another bit of anecdotal evidence that pikas are not all disappearing and in fact are thriving in some areas way below the alpine zone, just like I keep saying (not sure of the exact elevation of the lake but trail descriptions say the high point of the hike is 2400 ft).
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Cyclopath, Cascade pass?
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