148 – Cutthroat Pass

This was one of those great hikes with exceptional views! Having backpacked into Cutthroat Lake to camp along Cutthroat Creek the evening before (go here - https://60before60.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/52-backpacking-cutthroat-lake/ - to read about that hike), stellar blue skies made the conditions absolutely perfect for a hike up to Cutthroat Pass. The hike from where we camped to the pass was about five miles in length... Continue Reading →

147 – Backpacking – Cutthroat Lake

On our way back from an afternoon business meeting in Twisp, we came prepared to backpack in to Cutthroat Lake for the night rather than make the long drive all the way back to Bellingham. Here we are at the trailhead ready to begin the hike. This was an easy trail with very little elevation gain. At less than two miles... Continue Reading →

78 – Completing the Heather-Maple Pass Loop (Day 3 – Heather-Maple Pass Loop Backpacking Trip)

Although it is not possible to call any one hike our favorite because they all seem to be so wonderful, from the moment the early morning sun glowed on the mountain peaks surrounding our camp, this may have been our most beautiful day on the trail - ever. After spending two nights camping just below Heather Pass,... Continue Reading →

77 – Lewis Lake, Heather Pass and Lake Ann Overlook (Day 2 – Heather-Maple Pass Loop Backpacking Trip)

Morning greated us with clear skies, a trace of snow and clouds in the valley below our camp. Sipping coffee and eating oatmeal from a porch made of giant rocks, I watched in amazement as the forested wilderness in the valley floor slowly came into view as those clouds climbed up and then disappeared. In no time that blanket of snow... Continue Reading →

76 – Heather Pass – Setting Up Camp (Day 1 – Heather-Maple Pass Loop Backpacking Trip)

We knew ahead of time that snow was expected at the elevation where we planned to camp. With that snow predicted to last only one night and the promise of sunny skies after that, we stuffed our packs with extra warm layers of clothing and took off along the North Cascades Highway. We began our hike about 25 miles west of... Continue Reading →

59 – Patterson Mountain

Deciding to begin at Patterson Lake and hike to the top of Patterson Mountain as we sipped our coffee and soaked up the morning sun from the deck of our Eagle Pine Chalet, at that point, I had absolutely no clue just how beautiful the wildflowers would be, or how outstanding the view from the top of the mountain would... Continue Reading →

58 – Pipestone Canyon

Surrounded by the beautiful Methow Valley, this hike took us along the popular early Spring mountain bike route through Pipestone Canyon. The canyon walls, lined with natural rock columns that are topped with caps, called hoodoos, were naturally formed millions of years ago. An easy, approximate 5 mile (in and back) old jeep trail used for hiking, horse riding and mountain biking in the fair... Continue Reading →

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