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2-week trip-full. This is my 23rd year in a row organizing Club trips-but they will not be posted on meet-up anymore. See me on a day hike for information on future trips "off the rock."
Although the Cascades technically and geologically start in Northern California and extend north to BritishColumbia it's inWashington that the granite swath reaches its climax....alpine lakes that glitter sapphire, turquoise, and aquamarine, the 300 glaciers of NorthCascades National Park-the mostanywhere in the country outside of Alaska, and thousands of miles of trails that crisscross the wilderness and climb to cliff-side viewpoints to take in 360 degree views of the range's most rugged peaks and glaciers....where names like Mt. Terror, Mt. Fury, and Forbidden Peak-whisper forebodingly.
Saturday, July 15: Early ferry off island. Drive east to Hope on Hwy #1 and then Hwy #3 to Manning Provincial Park. (3 nights here-10 of us are in a chalet here for the 3 nights-there is also a lodge with rooms, several cabins, restaurant, pub, and a campground.)
Sunday, July 16: Hike the Heather/First Brother Mountain Trail: This is the most popular route in Manning Provincial Park and one of the best trails in southwestern B.C. Starting at the sub-alpine level, the trail winds through outstanding mountain terrain where colourful meadows are filled with masses of wildflowers. Sweeping views and meadows surround you all the way up to the Three Brothers alpine area. The flowers are in full bloom from mid-July to mid-August and are very colourful.
Monday, July 17: Hike Skyline Trail: This trail takes you up and over a south-facing ridge with beautiful meadows sitting above the lake chain below. Hike this trail from mid-July to mid-August and you will be treated to an amazing display of wildflowers.
Tuesday, July 18: Drive to Osoyoos on Hwy #3, cross the U.S. border into Washington State and drive south on Hwy #97 and west on Hwy #20 through the western themed town of Winthrop to the small community of Mazama on the eastern edge of North Cascades National Park. (3 nights here-10 of us are in the Mazama Ranchhouse here for 3 nights-enjoy a country-style dinner a few steps away at the Mazama Country Inn, or for espresso, baked goods and ice cream check out the Mazama Store.)
Wednesday, July 19: Hike Maple Pass Loop Trail: Amazing flowered filled meadows, spectacular panoramic alpine views and sky-mirroring cirque lakes. The Maple Pass Loop is one of the jewels of the North Cascades....all in a splendid loop that is spectacular nearly every step of the way. The ridge walk on Heather Pass and Maple Pass is absolutely fabulous....views in every direction and wild flowers galore.
Thursday, July 20: Hike Cutthroat Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail: Hike up and away to an alpine world of picturesque meadows with delectable views of stark craggy mountains spiralling up to the heavens. Your trek to Cutthroat Pass is by way of the legendary Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650 mile National Scenic Trail following the Sierra and Cascades crests from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. Spectacular North Cascades scenery awaits you at the top of Cutthroat Pass-relish in the sweeping views-jagged giants encircle you. This trail is never shy of wild critters and with everything from whistling marmots to lumbering bears to wallowing mountain goats, you'll feel like you walked onto the set of "Wild America."
Friday, July 21: Drive today to the Alpine Bavarian Village of Leavenworth where the "Gemutlichkeit" feeling abounds all over town. (2 nights here)-(Optional Friday night pub crawl and carb build up on weiner schnitzel, sauerkraut, goulash, sausage and beer.....and plenty of Oom-Pah-Pah music. There is also live outdoor summer theatre tonight in the village: "Annie")
Saturday, July 22: Hike Icicle Ridge Trail: This hike goes through lush green maple & pine forest, then up to sunny open areas surrounded by expansive foothills & rugged mountains, with stunning views below of the Tumwater Canyon and the meandering blue Wenatchee & Icicle Rivers. (Optional Saturday night pub crawl, and also there is live outdoor summer theatre tonight in the village: "The Sound Of Music")
Sunday, July 23: Drive to Snoqualmie Pass and the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. (3 nights here)-(The Alpine lakes Wilderness gets it name from the 700+ lakes found amongst themajestic rocky peaks and densely forested hillsides of the central Cascades. It is approximately 394,000 acres with 47 official trailheads and 615 miles of backcountry trails.)
Monday, July 24: Hike Kendall Catwalk Trail-Alpine Lakes Wilderness: The bag of superlatives is quickly exhausted on this trail, one of the most spectacular parts of the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail. Hikers from all over the world are drawn to the PCT to experience true American wilderness and to challenge themselves-whether for two miles or two thousand-on some of the most astounding landscapes in the world. So keep your eyes open for wide-eyed and bushy-bearded PCT thru-hikers popping out of the undergrowth.
Tuesday, July 25: Hike Snow Lake Trail-Alpine Lakes Wilderness: The trail to Snow Lake is one of the most popular in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, and it's easy to see why. There are incredible views of the surrounding peaks as you make your way through alpine meadows dressed with wild flowers and mountain grasses. The first views of Snow Lake are breathtaking and as you get closer the wonder really sets in. Rock cliffs rise from one shore of Snow Lake to Chair Peak, and forested cliffs fall from the other to the broad, deep gulf of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River.
Wednesday, July 26: For more mountain madness we will now drive north to the Mt. Baker Wilderness Area and the Baker Lake Area. (2 nights here)
Thursday, July 27: Hike Park Butte Tail, Mt. Baker Wilderness Area: The Park Butte Trail is the most popular hike on Baker's southern flanks and is consistently ranked as one of the best day hikes in the North Cascades. This well maintained trail meanders through beautiful open alpine meadows, crosses ragingstreams, passes tarns and apretty lake, and finally climbs to a historic 1930's fire lookout. The 360-degree unobstructed panoramic views of Mt. Baker's glaciers (and much more) are magnificent as you follow "the stairway to heaven" up to Park Butte Lookout.
Friday, July 28: Drive home.
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