|Harebells captured in the morning light|
|The outhouse near the trailhead|
What we have enjoyed about this hike in previous years are the abundant wildflowers, and we were not disappointed this year, either. In a few more weeks, they will be past their peak, and it's been very dry throughout the area, so you'll see some evidence of that. But since we are so high in altitude, we did see some snow around even today.
|Some of our hikers on the switchbacks below us|
Although it's not a long hike, you do have to climb switchbacks on a mountainside to gain the ridge. We were all careful with the dusty trail and steep switchbacks, because a woman fell to her death just a few weeks ago on this trail. An article about the incident indicates that she fell 70 feet when almost to the top of these switchbacks and must have hit her head. She was taken out by helicopter but didn't make it. We all thought about her as we navigated our way to the top.
|A view of the Skagit Valley|
|Another view of the Skagit River|
|A riot of colors|
|Peggy enjoying the view|
|Halina at lunch|
|Sauk Lake from the top, looking down|
|Time to head back|
|Tiger lily and lupines|
|Me enjoying the lovely day|