Here's the beef on Cow Heaven. It's a steep and demanding climb through thick forest culminating in lonely alpine meadows. The cows are long gone from this former summer grazing area high above the Skagit Valley, but you can feast to your heart's content on splendid views of snowy North Cascades summits. A great conditioner and good choice for solitude, if you're feeling energetic, follow this steer-way to heaven all the way to the rocky Helen Buttes for even grander views.Well, we did little feasting on "splendid views," since the fog and mist stuck around most of the day. We did, however, cross this stream numerous times, with some pretty stupendous views of falls now and then.
It was indeed that, an adventure, but I think I might actually skip the next trip up to Cow Heaven. Either that or I'll need to get in better shape first! If it hadn't been for sharing the pain with good friends, I wouldn't have enjoyed myself nearly as much as I did. Until next Thursday, which is looking like yet another hike in the rain, I think I'll stick to shorter and less demanding walks.