Ahh - my first weekend back from South Dakota and I was hankering to go hiking. I pulled out my Sullivan book. It was time to try a new trail. Observation Peak in the Trapper Creek Wilderness of Washington State. I'd looked at that hike in my book many times. It was time to go there.
This way to the top!
I had my choice of three trails to the top of Observation Peak; a long 13-mile 3200' elevation gain quad-buster, a reasonable 8-9 mile and 2000' elevation gain trail, or a relatively easy 6 miles with 1400' elevation gain. I took my time getting ready that morning, trying to make up my mind. I puttered around long enough that when I finally left the house it was 9 am. I realized after driving to the trailhead, I'd only have enough time for the shortest hike. So my decision was made!
The trail began in this beautiful old-growth forest
After first stopping by Freddy's for some 'skeeter repellent (I'd heard rumors they were out) I headed my car towards Carson, WA. It was paved roads to the trailhead, except for the final 4 miles, which seemed to take forever (there was a few potholes to dodge!)
I was only the second car at the trailhead. Good! I'd have the place mostly to myself! I heard another vehicle pull up just as Bear and I began walking away. I'd run into this person later on the summit.
My cute doggie
The trail began in this beautiful old-growth forest. After a half mile or so we crossed a boggy area where the ground was covered with avalanche lilies. As I stopped to take some photos, the 'skeeters decided to attack. Time to break out that bug repellent. I was so glad I thought to bring some!