Our daughter Megan and her boyfriend Brandon were here for a summer visit before they start back to school. Since Brandon is from Texas where there are no mountains, we decided to go for a hike and see some up close and personal.
At the end of the road we live on, about 20 miles from our house, is the Cascade Pass trailhead. A little 3.7 mile hike didn’t seem too daunting – how hard could it be?
As we got past the first couple of switchbacks on the trail we could see the parking lot we had just left.
Though there was still snow on the glaciers, it had melted a lot from when we were here in July with Alex.
The trail was really good in some places.
Rocky in others.
With LOTS of switchbacks – 37 if you are counting.
Some of us did not have our happy faces on for the whole hike – even standing in front of one of the many beautiful waterfalls.
We had gorgeous views.
We came out onto a clearing above the trees and could see the parking lot and our car way down there.
It was a beautiful, sunny day for a hike. Who says it always rains here?
Eventually we all did make it to the top.
Some of us were much more excited about that than others – and still had the energy to celebrate.
Others of us were content to sit down and enjoy the view, eat our little snack and drink the water that Brandon hauled all the way up to the top for all of us.
Rick and Brandon checked out a bit of the trail to Stehekin. . .
which is only another 28.2 miles. Not today.
The views back to the west aren’t bad either. It is certainly different to look down on a glacier.
Of course no event would be complete for the Aggies without their Gig ’em sign.
Soon it was time to head back down the mountain.
There are Megan and Brandon – little red and maroon specks way ahead of us. Funny how they were always way ahead of us.
The light was starting to fade as we headed back down.
We saw some beautiful moss covered rocks and streams.
Though it has been a hot, dry summer there is still water trickling down.
Along the trail we saw some lavender blue daisies – or at least they look like daisies to me.
We also saw these flowers. Very bright royal blue. I have no idea what they are.
And more beautiful views.
At long last, five hours later, we all made it safely back down to the end of the trail and the parking lot. I am certainly not an experienced hiker, but I have learned one important thing. When the sign says 3.7 miles that is only one way – the whole trip is 7.4 miles. Something to keep in mind for next time. Very tired, a little (OK maybe a lot) sore but it was worth it!