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Wildflower hike -- Canyon Creek Meadows

Monday, July 15, 2013

I hiked up Canyon Creek Meadows with friends to view the wildflowers. This is a lovely loop in the Cascade Mountains that starts at Jack Lake, and goes up to spectacular wildflower meadows.

Small lake with Three Fingered Jack in the background

The wildflowers were WONDERFUL.

First meadow with lupine

Valerian and other flowers by Canyon Creek

Valerian, Larkspur and Indian Paintbrush

There is an optional very hard (at least for me!) side trip to the base of Three Fingered Jack mountain. I did the hard side trail on this outing for the first time in 10 years. It was a real workout! At the end there is a very steep climb up loose scree to the base of Three Fingered Jack. I went very slowly on the steep uphill but I made it!

Approaching the base of Three Fingered Jack

Indian paintbrush growing in the steep moraine

Cirque lake in the caldera of Three Fingered Jack

By the end of the climb up to the ridge, my legs felt like rubber bands! But I enjoyed the hike back. It travels through an area that burned 10 years ago, and it is interesting to see all new trees and bushes. We also saw evidence of beavers.

In the last photo, Pat and I are standing by tall white blooming beargrass. The local tribes wove this grass into beautiful baskets. And true to its name, bears will uproot it and eat the roots.

I am smiling because I know I am through with the uphill hard part of the hike!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
1BEACHWALKER 7/17/2013 2:18AM

    Wow-that is gorgeous scenery! You are a dynamo with that hiking!! Proud of you for doing the hard side trail part!!! emoticon emoticon I would be smiling too!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Yay!!! Beautiful pictures!!! Sounds like a great hike!!

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SHESMITH1 7/15/2013 10:49AM

    Simply beautiful! What a great hike. Touche! for taking on the challenge of the side trail. You must have felt ecstatic to accomplish the task - and the scenery - what a bonus!
Thank you for sharing. Makes me want to visit the left coast :)


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MARITIMER3 7/15/2013 10:48AM

    Wow what a great hike. I didn't realize that larkspur grew wild anywhere. Amazing that there is still snow and ice. Congratulations on doing the extra side trail.
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PATRICIA441 7/15/2013 10:36AM

    emoticon What a great blog. Thanks so much for the beautiful photo's of the wildflowers. Big High Five on the great exercise too. You Go Girl!!!

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DR1939 7/15/2013 9:38AM

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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AWESOMECHELZ 7/15/2013 9:32AM

    What a view!! I used to live in Utah, New Mexico and Idaho, and the photos reminded me of my life there. I live in Florida now and miss the change of the seasons, and the pine trees! And emoticon on doing so well on your hard hike! emoticon
Love, Chelsea emoticon (how is your mom doing?)

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MICHELELYNN777 7/15/2013 8:15AM

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures from your hike. Good for you taking on the challenge and pushing yourself for the harder side trip~the view was worth it! I love how you know the names of the wildflowers and even some of the history about the area you are hiking. That inspires me to do a little more research before I take some of my hikes. Have a wonderful week!

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/15/2013 7:49AM

    As soon as I read 'wildflower' I had to read your blog!!! :)
Such a gorgeous hike... and all the wildflowers are really the cherry on the cake! I am amazed by their diversity. Thank you for another beautiful blog!

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MADAMES 7/15/2013 1:19AM

    You live in a beautiful part of the country. I am happy that you were able to enjoy such a wonderful hike this weekend. Wildflowers are gorgeous! Good for you for making this challenging climb and descent. Your smile says a lot about how you were feeling!


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