Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mount Dickerman


"His might sets fast the mountains."

On September 22 the weather forecasts promised a sunny day, and my wife and I took off and went hiking.  We chose Mount Dickerman in the Glacier Peak region of the North Cascades as our destination for its promised views of the surrounding peaks including Glacier Peak, one of the active volcanoes in the Cascades.  The views at the top were worth the climb, though barely, and in spite of the partly cloudy weather, so different from what had been forecast.

We had an early start and that was good thing since the first part of the trail climbs nearly 3000 feet in two miles though fifty-five switchbacks (I counted them on the way down).  This was a bit more than we had counted on, but we persevered and reached the top in time for lunch, before heading back down.  In all the trail climbed 4000 feet in a little over four miles, but the steepest part of the trail was brutal in our out-of-shape condition and we were happy to be on our way home.

The high points of the hike were the wonderful autumn colors, the blueberries and huckleberries which were abundant, as well as the views at the top.  The blueberries and huckleberries were past their peak in some spots, having been touched by frost, but in the more sheltered areas were still delicious and we had our fill of them.  Hot coffee and a hot meal at the top while enjoying the scenery were an added plus and something my wife insists on when we go hiking.

 early morning on the trail



 Big Four Peak



 Sloan Peak


 Perry Creek


 Queen's Cup


 unidentified fungi


 Vine Maple


 Giant Rattlesnake Orchis


Morning Star and Sperry Peaks



Cow Parsnip


old snag along the trail


Del Campo, Morning Stat and Sperry Peaks


 the trail


 blueberries



 Sitka Mountain Ash


view west from the last ridge


Rocky Mountain Juniper


Mount Forgotten



 Three Fingers




 Nancy

 Big Four


autumn color







Big Four and the trail



 east and southeast





 Monte Cristo



Fireweed


 the last part of the trail


more autumn color



near the top





 Mount Forgotten



 Sooty Grouse


 Sitka Mountain Ash


the summit





 the hikers


Mount Forgotten



Lost Creek Ridge





Monte Cristo



 Lyall's Goldenweed (I think)



 back down











Sooty Grouse



unidentified mushrooms, probably Russulas


trailhead


 panorama from the top of Mount Dickerman

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