8/23/2019 Chinidere Mountain hike
The trail leads down to Wahtum Lake,
Chinidere Mountain, our destination, on the skyline.
Endemic cutleaf bugbane blooming along the lake trail.
After crossing the log bridge at the lake outlet, our trail leads steeply up hill, eventually reaching the top of Chinidere Mountain, with views of five Cascade volcanoes.
Mt Hood to the south,
and Mt Jefferson on the horizon just to the right.
Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier, and Mt Adams to the north.
The burned drainage of Eagle Creek, with Mt St Helens on the far right.
Wahtum Lake below us to the east.
I was pleased to find many patches of Explorer’s gentian blooming along the trail and at the top of the mountain.
Previous hikes here earlier in the season had a different suite of flowers. Today we saw the later season flowers and berries:
Other new and notable flowers:
Fringed grass of Parnassas
Berries of late summer:
Sitka mountain ash
We found plenty of ripe huckleberries to supplement our lunch. We saw a few north and south bound PCT through-hikers, but not many other people on the trail today. It was a fairly perfect late summer hike.
Hike #41, 5 miles, 1200 feet
I finished plying the last of my Tour de Fleece yarn. I am planning to try Easter Egg dye on this yarn – stay tuned for updates.
Signs of Fall in the neighborhood