October 20, 2018 – Observation Peak and Sister Rocks
We hiked up and down this roller coaster trail, through autumn light and sun, to viewpoints of the surrounding Cascade mountain peaks rising above a bluish haze.
Driving to the trailhead on Dry Creek Road we passed through a tunnel of yellow trees.
Bunchberry and huckleberry along the trail provided some color.
At the top of the first ridge, the views from the rocky outcrop are to Mt Rainier and Mt Adams.
We then took the side trail to Sister Rocks, with a great view of Mt St Helens and Mt Hood. Lunch stop.
The intermediate high point on the Sister Rocks spur provides an excellent view of Mt Adams.
Returning to the main trail, we headed down hill, then back up to the views from Observation Peak of four tall volcanoes rising above the forested landscape.
As we departed Observation Peak I spotted what may be the last blooming aster of the year.
The lake is at the base of Vista Point in Rooster Rock State Park. As we drive through the Columbia River Gorge on I-84 we sometimes see swans here in winter. This morning, no swans, but the fog was lifting poetically, so we stopped to look at the light.
Another dishcloth finished, and I frogged and am reknitting the front of the Ivy Lace Cardigan.