October 2, 2015

Local Color

Filed under: Hiking, North Cascades — Tags: , — geezerwriter @ 1:18 pm

On Thursday, October 1, 2015 eleven Senior Trailblazers struggled up the long, bumpy drive on Canyon Creek Road to the Damfino Lakes Trailhead on a beautiful sunny day. The hike was chosen mainly in the hope of catching some fall color in the North Cascades and it did not disappoint.

Eleven happy hikers in the meadow below Excelsior Pass

Eleven happy hikers in the meadow below Excelsior Pass

Most of  my photos in those meadows were ruined by solar flares, due to shooting to close to the sun. (Sometimes one can get lovely effects from those flares, but not today.) When we reached Excelsior Pass it was getting close to noon, but I managed to dragoon the group into heading a couple of miles east along High Divide in hopes of reaching a favorite place of mine with views into the mountain wilderness of North Cascades National Park. It, too, did not disappoint.

Looking East from High Divide

Looking East from High Divide

The view to the south was dominated by Mount Shuksan. The air was a bit hazy but that can enhance the sense of the depth, as the mountains fade into the distance. It doesn’t show in this picture but if you stared intently enough and really believed (heel clicks optional), you could even make out a silhouette of Glacier Peak (65 miles away) peaking through one of the those dips in the skyline just to the right of Shuksan.

Shuksan from High Divide

Shuksan, et al., from High Divide

We paused on the way back to soak up some more color along High Divide and at Damfino Lakes. All along High Divide we enjoyed a hazy but excellent view of massive Mount Baker – I only just now realized that I failed to take a picture of it.

Color on High Divide

Color on High Divide


Damfino Reflection

Damfino Reflection

We gained a total of about 2200 feet of elevation in the course of this 9 mile hike.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful pictures and about your journey on hikes. I really enjoy seeing these as I can’t take the hikes myself. (Just a friend of Jean Perkowski who sometimes hikes with you!) Karen N

    Comment by Karen Nieuwendorp — October 2, 2015 @ 8:48 pm

  2. Wow, Al, I sure missed a good one, and I see that Jonelle is back! I kept wondering who that person is, since she looks a little like me in the pictures (white hair and all, ya know). I’m getting exactly ZERO exercise so far, eating too much, and having a great time. But it will be great to be back next week. Thanks for the great pictures!!!! 🙂

    Comment by DJan — October 3, 2015 @ 5:38 am

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