The first part of the trail leads through open avalanche slopes with several seeps. We found penstemons, tiger lilies, thistles, monkey flowers, both yellow and purple, spirea and numerous other wildflowers in bloom, including the well-known houseplant, native to the Northwest, Tolmeia menziesii, the Piggyback Plant.
Indian Thistle and Hardhack (Spirea douglasii)
Rosy Twisted Stalk
The areas was alive with butterflies and insects and I managed to get a couple of good pictures of a Bee Fly on the flowers of the Piggyback Plant and a butterfly which I believe to be a California Tortiseshell (Nymphalis californica). I was not able, however, to get a picture of the butterfly with its wings opened.
We also found two orchids growing in the wetter areas, the Tall White Bog Orchis, Platanthera dilatata var. dilatata, and the Slender Bog Orchis, Platanthera stricta. We had seen both of these in the ditches along the road up to the trailhead as well.
The trail brought us into a cool shady old-growth forest. There we found one more orchid, the Northwestern Twayblade, Listera banksiana, only about eight inches tall. These were only starting to bloom, but the open flowers were distinctive.
As the trail brought us to the end of the woods we began to find a lot of snow covering the trail and had to find our way by following the footprints of others, not always so easy since some of them lead away from the main trail. There, even in the bare areas little was growing since the snow was only recently melted.
Where the trail came out of the forest and curved around to the west and then the south the trail was mostly free of snow. These on the slopes above the trail we saw what must have been millions of Glacier Lilies, far more than I had ever seen before in one area.
We also found the Western Pasque Flowers, Anemone occidentalis, and a tiny yellow violet, probably Viola glabella, the Stream Violet. We saw a Northern Waterthrush but were unable to get any pictures.
All this brought us around to the south and to spectacular views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. Here, however, we had to hike across snow, which in the sunlight was blindingly bright and very hard hiking. Only where the trail finally ascended the ridge did we leave the snow behind.
A short steep climb brought us to our final destination where we took photos, enjoyed the scenery and turned back for the hike to the car and the ride home. We couldn't have asked for better weather, better scenery or anything better wildflowers than the Glacier Lilies.
Note: Most of the scenic views were taken by my friend, Judah. My son had my 17-85mm lens and I had nothing along for taking pictures of the scenery.