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Pipestone Canyon Rim Trail — Wednesday, May. 18, 2022

North Cascades

Do not hike the canyon on a windy day! It was very gusty and windy, and we thought a canyon would be a good choice. Unfortunately, this trail runs through a burned area.

Shortly after starting the hike we met a couple who said they had turned back due to the wind and worried about toppling trees. We thanked them and proceeded with caution…for about 50 feet. That’s when we heard loud cracking on the hillside above and looked up to see blackened trunks cartwheeling through the sky and avalanching down the slope toward us. “We’re out!” we yelled and retreated to the trailhead.

Lessen learned. The image of those flying trees is indelibly printed in my mind.