Trails for everyone, forever
After Hwy 410 closed for the winter, my friend and I walked the 5+ miles to the top of Chinook Pass & found a place above Lake Tipsoo for a "front row seat" to our state's most magnificent volcano!
Perhaps the most photographed feature along the Naches Peak Loop trail!
Looking along the peaks from Old Snowy's summit in the gorgeous Goat Rocks Wilderness.
Cool, sandy beaches invite a dip in Cliff Lake.
Yellow Monkey Flower on the creek feeding into Snow Lake at Mount Rainier.
The wildflowers are blooming magnificently on the Naches Peak Loop! The magenta paintbrush is always a show-stopper.
Just after sunrise, the morning meadows were bathed in light on the trail to Bear Creek Mountain... anemone, buttercups, glacier lilies, and even some tiny magenta paintbrush.
Western Blue Flax Is blooming big-time in Black Canyon! It is candy for the eyes.
Tronsen Ridge is alive with Tweedy's Lewisia, native only to the Wenatchee Mountains. What a treasure!
As the desert blooms begin to fade, Bitterroot and Buckwheat become brilliant against the drying landscape.
Still water and solitude made for a lovely trip on the Chelan Lakeshore Trail.
There are always cool clouds reflected in this favorite pond along the Yakima Greenway trail.
We climbed a spur ridge on the east end of Bethel Ridge off of Highway 12. We found sun, snow and spectacular views!
I couldn't get enough of the pretty patterns and ripples in the sand at White Bluffs North.
The sand dune formations were very unique on this day at White Bluffs North! No wind and full-on sunshine made for a delightful day in the dunes.
Winter wonders in the Columbia Wildlife Refuge!
The Columbia Wildlife Refuge is amazing, even in the dead of winter!
There was a mystical look to the mountain as the fog gave way to the sun atop Hex!
We climbed above the clouds on Umtanum Ridge, south of the creek, for cool views and foggy valleys.
The clouds raged in the valleys below Hurricane Hill, like waves raging in an angry sea.
The Dungeness Spit is beautiful at sunset on a clear and windless day.
The loop route on Selah Butte flirts with spectacular rocky spires and vast canyon views!
There's beauty in the leafless branches of the Cowiche Canyon. Red, yellow and white sticks add drama to the desert-scape.
My Marmot is happy to go wherever I take it. This time, it happened to be in the Headlight Basin of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
The trees were aglow with color! Magnificent morning light in the meadow of Headlight Basin.