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!