Hiking Amidst Wildflowers

September 1, 2010

The Naches Peak Loop trail edged by wildflowers

My husband and I revisited another of my favorite hikes, the Naches Peak Loop trail by Chinook Pass in the Cascade Mountains.  The last time I hiked here, a few years ago, it was a sunny day and we were treated to awesome views of neighboring Mount Rainier.  This year, it was clear when we left Seattle, but the clouds were rolling in by the time we got to the trailhead.  We hiked in the clouds and couldn’t see Mount Rainier from the trail.  But the wildflowers were in bloom, and they made this hike worthwhile.

View of Mount Rainier from Hwy 410, as we drive to the trailhead.

The clouds were already rolling in on the slopes of Mount Rainier.

Signpost on the Naches Peak Loop trail near Chinook Pass

One of the tiny lakes just off the trail

Another small mountain lake along the Naches Peak Loop trail

Small stream cuts through a valley along the trail

Silhouette of my husband on the trail

The clouds roll in as we loop around Naches Peak.

The trees trap the moisture from the air.

Wildflowers along the trail

Crimson columbine

Paintbrush

Western anemone

Lupine

Wildflower

Wildflowers by Tipsoo Lake

6 Responses to “Hiking Amidst Wildflowers”

  1. ericephoto Says:

    Cool photos, went to Rainier 2 weeks ago in the fog and loved it! Thanks for sharing. EE


  2. Those lakes and the meadow of wild flowers look like perfect illustrations for a child’s story book.

  3. Shirley Says:

    Love the pictures you have such a good eye, a talent that you are taking advantage of.

  4. Margaret Says:

    The variety of wildflowers at this time of year is amazing. Must be the mountain air.

  5. Elisa Says:

    OHHHHH this is SO beautiful! I missed it before!


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