Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Last weekend up Twisp Pass

Day hiking for us around here usually means driving 30 minutes to one hour to get to the trailhead (not forgetting the appropriate parking pass - state or national?) and then heaving our bodies uphill for several hours, having lunch, and then lurching our way downhill to the car. Gosh. It doesn't sound that great when I put it that way. Must be my painful joints talking . . . .
Anyway, we hiked up Twisp Pass on Saturday. It is SUCH a beautiful trail.

I told Frank we pretty much saw the whole wildflower book along the 2600 feet of elevation gain.
That's Hock Mountain there with the headwaters of the South Fork of the Twisp River in the valley below.
We traveled on snow for a while. It's almost August for goodness sakes! Some trails may not be snow free before snow flies again.
Beware the pink snow monster.
A good 4 to 6 foot base of snow here still.
We had lunch slightly above the pass. Yeah. I'm always thrilled to keep going UP, but certainly the views were worth it.
That's Dagger Lake below and nothing but national park in the picture.
I really like wooden signage in the wilderness.

This weekend we'll drag our butts up some other god-awful trail. Maybe Copper Glance. Maybe someplace in the Sawtooths. Any suggestions?

1 comment:

  1. This trail is almost ridiculously stunning. Of course, we can't wait to hike it with you. The Hock Mountain and Dagger Lake pictures almost look fake, they are so beautiful. You guys live in hiking paradise.