Monday, September 7, 2009

North Cascades National Park

Sitka Valerian blooms in heather meadows on the trail to Cascade Pass in North Cascades National Park.

Tree canopy opens up midway on the trail to Cascade Pass.

Bronze bells, on trail to Cascade Pass

Footbridge in lush lowlands, at the start of the to Easy Pass

Columbine, on route to Cascade Pass.

Easy Pass, North Cascades National Park.
(The name of this hike is misleading. Strenuous Pass or Kick Your Ass Pass would be a much more appropriate title.)

Devil’s club leaf grows in the lowland forests on the trail to Cascade Pass

Talus Fields, like this one near Easy Pass, provides habitat for pikas.

Cascade Pass summit, North Cascades National Park

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All images copyright Erika Schultz or The Seattle Times