Ice Caves 2014

Images from my Canon G15  camera.    WA locations   ....Ice Caves, Mountain Loop Highway, Snohomish County,  WA    7/09/2014

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These mountains are directly south of the trailhead from the picnic parking area.\nA hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14These mountains are directly south of the trailhead from the picnic parking area.\nA hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14Big Four mountain is directly over the ice caves at its base. Big Four is so named due to a sometimes visible snow formation that looks like a numeral "4". A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14 Stillaguamisdh Peak to the north is reflected in a pond along the trail.\nA hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14Big Four mountain looms large as we hike toward its base. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14Skunk Cabbage is a common sight in this marshy region. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14The stream from the Ice Caves joins the Stillaguamish river here. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14 An aluminum bridge over the Stillaguamish river allows a look into the very clear water. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14Conks on dead wood are common around here. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14People who tred too close are killed by cave-ins and debris falling from the cliffs above, as warned by this marker. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14This popular destination has such attractive views of waterfalls and flowers. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14 A closer view of some high hanging waterfalls. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14I should learn more names for the flora we see in tis area. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14Fran is unafraid about standing close to the opening of an ice cave. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14I too needed to get close to the ice cave opening, but retreated without going inside! A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14 That mountain to the right is Mt Dickerman, a favorite of mine in the past. My age might make that tough hike a bit too hard for my old bones now. Seen from the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14.Those rocks on top of the ice came from the cliffs above! A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14Foggy air comes out from the ice cave mouth. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14The visible exhaust from the ice cave.... A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14 Lots of water flows down from above, and undercuts the snow/ice collected at the bottom. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14Fran is ready for the return down the trail to the car. I'm still busy taking pictures as usual. Mt Dickerman in the background (where I want my ashes to be deposited!) A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14This waterfall creates a rainbow. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14We have started enjoying the benches along the trail.... A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14 Fran always like to ride things.... A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14Devil's Club. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14There are always small stream crossings in tihs region, and most have bridges or well positioned stones to make crossing easy. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14The main aluminum bridge across the Stillaguamish river replaces an older failed wooden bridge. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14 Spirea blooms along the way. A hike to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Hwy, Snohomish County, WA. 07/09/14



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