In my experience the hikes in the North Cascades always have amazing views. Maybe this is just because I only go to the best ones. It does take longer to get there than the more popular I-90 and Hwy 2 hikes but even so, on Sunday we got up at 5 and by noon we were here
Throngs at the top
and we were back home at 7:30. It’s not a bad way to spend a day.
The trail combined several different types of hiking. The first mile and half was in a forest with lots of fungi.
Mature coral fungus
I think this is pre-bloom coral fungus but I’m not sure. They look like asparagus spears.
After leaving the forest, you get to a southern exposed meadow with lots of flowers (mostly tiger lilies)
This area will be full of blueberries in the Fall
Then you swing around the south side of this peak and descend slightly to an area with a small lake. There was still a lot of snow here.
Lake with Scout, a friend we met along the trail
It’s melting fast but there’s still plenty of snow.
When you clear the lake you can see the lookout at the top of Green Mountain
The lookout is right in the middle at the top of this picture
The last section is a steep switchback path up to a ridge. Along the way there are some snow patches and perhaps some wildlife
Marmot. We saw about three of these little ones
Along most of the way Glacier Peak looms to the south
When you get to the ridge you get the first views to the east
And you get a view of the final destination.
The lookout was originally built in 1932 but the current version dates from this century.
There were a couple of young women volunteers spending the weekend there who were nice enough to give me a tour and a short history lesson.
Nice view to wake up to
The views from the lookout covered all 360 degrees.
Dome Peak to the east
Sloan Peak to the west
Bonanza Peak, the tallest non-volcanic peak in Washington
Laura and the view to the south
The route was a little hard to find in the snow section but otherwise well kept.
The road up to the trail head is long and bumpy.
The elevation profile shows the descending section at about the 3 mile mark and the steep section beyond to the lookout. In the Fall there should be lots of color in the meadow and lots of blueberries. If you don’t mind a long drive this one is worth taking the time to go.