Independence Day at Hidden Lake, North Cascades National Park, Washington, USA

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” William Shakespeare

Welcome to the Hidden Lake trail!

Hidden Lake Lookout

LOCATION

North Cascades

LENGTH

8.0 miles, roundtrip

ELEVATION

Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6900 ft.

DSC_1269_edited

Not a very long trail, but it’s got some nice vertical!

_20150705_210529

Gorgeous day- July 3rd, 2015!

DSC_1270

Flowers in bloom as far as the eye can see!

DSC_1271 DSC_1272 DSC_1273 DSC_1278 DSC_1281

First glimpse of Hidden Lake Lookout, perched in what looks like an impossible spot far above!

DSC_1282 DSC_1283

Off in the distance- magnificent Mount Baker!DSC_1285

First look at Hidden Lake!DSC_1287

First look inside the Hidden Lake Lookout!

DSC_1289

Built in 1931!!

DSC_1291

Surrounded by mountains on all sides!

DSC_1292 DSC_1294 DSC_1297

A nice library in the lookout- I chose the history of the Mountaineers- a great read!

DSC_1300

DSC_1311

It was a tough hike up with a very heavy pack- I think I’ve earned this!

DSC_1301 DSC_1303

The sun is dropping towards the western horizon and Hidden Lake is quickly in shadow-

DSC_1306

Cheers!!

DSC_1308

Sunset on the Hidden Lake Lookout- DSC_1315 DSC_1316 DSC_1317Edit

Say hello to my little friend 😉DSC_1328 DSC_1329 DSC_1330

Moon over the Cascades!

DSC_1335

Moon over the Hidden Lake Lookout!

DSC_1336

Good morning selfie 🙂

DSC_1341Edit

Time to hit the lake! It’s a lot farther than it looks!

DSC_1347 DSC_1352 DSC_1354 DSC_1357

Amazing blue waters and rugged shoreline of Hidden Lake-

DSC_1358Edit DSC_1359

Chilled in an ice cold mountain stream- no better spot for a picnic and Vitamin R 😉

DSC_1360

Hidden Lake selfie 😉

DSC_1365

Back to the lookout-

DSC_1367

Who needs 4th of July fireworks when you’ve got a sunset like this? ^_^

DSC_1371 DSC_1377

Couldn’t ask for nice accommodations!

DSC_1378

Cleaned and swept and storm door back in place- adios Hidden Lake Lookout! DSC_1379

Plenty of nice camp spots along the Hidden Lake trail-

DSC_1382

Amazing fields of wildflowers and swarms of honey bees and butterflies- paradise!!

DSC_1384 DSC_1385 DSC_1386 DSC_1390 DSC_1391 DSC_1393

Ripe salmon berries at lower elevations really hit the spot!

DSC_1394

The End 🙂
Advertisements
Categories: backcountry, camping, Hiking, Inspiration, mountaineering, mountains, National Parks, Outdoors | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: