Tough Scramble to Marten Lake

Margie and I went for a hike up the Taylor River in the Cascades on Saturday, May 5. The Taylor River joins the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River a few miles east of North Bend, WA. Figure 1: The Taylor River. (Click on this or the other images in this story to see a larger view.)…

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Quilcene

We hiked a river on the eastern slopes of the Olympic Range. Loggers have had their way with the lower stretches of the Big Quilcene river; only a few patches of old growth remain. Throughout most of its length, small Douglas Firs stand by the side of the trail, their light green needles shimmering in the…

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Surprise Lake

In early October of this year (2006), Margie and I took a hike to Surprise Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near Steven’s Pass. Figure 1: The Alpine Lakes sign on the Surprise Creek Trail. The lakes are part of the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The forest contains 1,724,229 acres of land, of which 711,956 acres…

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Darkness Descends on Silver Peak

We hiked this weekend in the Cascades, near Snoqualmie Pass. We were slow getting started, and didn’t roll out the drive until nearly noon. Given the late start, I wasn’t sure we had time for a decent hike, but the image in Figure 1 shows that we eventually did reach a worthwhile destination. Of course,…

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