That step took us through Seattle.
Like, literally, through. We drove right through and didn't stop. Yeah, it's cool, and it's a city and it just wasn't that interesting. I did see the Spacey Needle from the ferry, which was all I wanted.
On to the North Cascades!
The North Cascades are AWESOME because there is NO way to experience them from your car. The drive through Rt. 20 shows tall green hills - and that's it. The landscape is SO rugged that it's simply impossible to build roads through it (like Nepal!). The mountains reveal themselves only to hikers, climbers, and skiiers. In contrast to Yosemite Valley, the North Cascades is one of the least frequented National Parks. Le sigh.
|not building a road across that for sure.|
|we did not cook dinner at this trailhead. because we could not get to the trailhead.|
Cascade Pass takes you past up to the shoulder of Johannesburg Peak and/or The Triplets (don't have a map at the moment) and gives you views of the Pelton Basin.
The last switchback had several snowfields, one of which covered a talus slope.
|this was a little sketchy|
And we got views like this:
|looking into pelton basin|
|at the foot of the triplets (?)|
The next day, we hiked up to Fourth of July Pass. This is a lower pass, and we didn't encounter any snow at all. But holy switchbacks: this trail was pretty steep, and we had The Day Three Blues (third consecutive day of hiking to mountain passes = tired legs).
|holy switchbacks batman|
|klawatti peak and glacier|
|neat color, eh?|