Sauk Mountain Hike July 2010


Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Tiger lilySauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 American BistortSauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Indian PaintbrushSauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Tiger Liliy surrounded by BistortSauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Fran thinks she looks like Sasquatch in this view, at least in imitating the stride.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Not sure which flower this stalk will produce, maybe a yellow Lupine?Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 The big view, shows the access road at left, the trailhead middle left, the trail with many switchbacks climbing the south face of Sauk Mtn, Mt Baker at upper right, and Twin Sisters mountain left horizon.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 A few more feet and the trail turns north.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 This is Rockport, where the Sauk River from the south joins the Skagit River from the east...Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Fran pauses here at the first eastern outlook as we climb turning north.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 These darn Tiger lilies always make me stop to look.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 I think this is sedum acre, a goldmoss stonecrop or goldmoss sedum.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Fran has to wait for me, as photography keeps making me stop along the way.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 PhloxSauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Our third hiker on the trail this morning is already on top of Sauk Mtn in this telephoto view.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 The trail has some patches of snow on the way to the peak.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 A wider view shows the snow on the trail. I decided to not go all the way to the peak, not very confident in my boots for avoiding a slide here. We have been on the peak in prior years when the snow was less of a challenge.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 That would be a tough range to get over on foot!Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Fran thought the snow was easy to do... and she's probably right. I was tired and decided I wanted to stay on the dirt instead.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 I find the view to the north to be wonderful.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Fran poses on the snowbank next to the dry trail.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Fran makes it look easy descending the snowbank.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Glacier Peak, as seen from Sauk Mountain near Rockport, WA.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Marmots like to sunbathe.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 As we return to the trail down the south face of Sauk Mtn, we see many added cars at the trailhead, and several new hikers coming up the trail.Sauk Mountain Hike 7/28/2010 Fran likes the trekker pole she tried out today.
These images were taken with my Fuji S6000 "bridge" Camera.


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