Trapper Creek Wilderness, WA (18-46)

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.

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7 miles, 1575 feet (#58)

Driving to the trailhead on Dry Creek Road we passed through a tunnel of yellow trees.

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View through the front windshield…

Bunchberry and huckleberry along the trail provided some color.

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At the top of the first ridge, the views from the rocky outcrop are to Mt Rainier and Mt Adams.

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Mt Rainier

We then took the side trail to Sister Rocks, with a great view of Mt St Helens and Mt Hood. Lunch stop.

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Dan atop Sister Rock; Soda Peaks on the left.

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My shadow and Mt St Helens

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Closer view

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Mt Hood

The intermediate high point on the Sister Rocks spur provides an excellent view of Mt Adams.

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Mt Adams

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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.

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Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier, and Mt Adams from Observation Peak.

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Mt St Helens and the Mt Margaret backcountry

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Mt Rainier

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Mt Adams

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Mt Hood

As we departed Observation Peak I spotted what may be the last blooming aster of the year.

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Mirror Lake

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.

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Knitting

Another dishcloth finished, and I frogged and am reknitting the front of the Ivy Lace Cardigan.

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