cascade adventures

Just returned home from an incredible week long hiking trip hunting down autumn colors in the pacific northwest. Here’s one from North Cascades National Park in Washington. Many many many more to come.

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Silver Star Mountain is an amazing alpine zone. The altitude is not high, but a fire in 1902/3 cleared the trees away, and many never grew back, leaving windswept alpine plants and meadows. The views are tremendous, and especially colorful on a winter day. From the top, six major Cascade peaks can be seen: Rainier, St. Helens, Adams, Hood, Jefferson, and North Sister.

Geologically, the mountain is a granite pluton that formed the plumbing of an ancient volcano. Several sub peaks, including Sturgeon Rock and Pyramid Rock, are old basaltic andesite flows that came out of the former volcano. The view is nearly unparalleled, and the mountain is one of the highest for a long ways, allowing for such an unobstructed view.

These are from November 4th of this year. Total mileage for this day was 13.2 miles.

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Just from the name “Above Bellingham”, a video exploring a small area in Washington State, might seem a bit provincial, but the views here are worth it. Check out how white the snow-covered trees are in the frame that they’ve used for the title, it’s really like that.