Left: View of a Shrouded Mount Rainier, from Cowlitz Divide; Right: Ohanapecosh River at Indian Bar
After the enjoyable Summerland – Panhandle Gap Hike, we decided to try the Wonderland Trail again, but from a different spot. This time we hiked toward Panhandle Gap starting from Box Canyon. Indian Bar was our turn around point so we didn’t make it to gap, but we hadn’t planned on it. As it was, 15 miles was enough for us today. This is hike number 5 of this annus mirabilis of hiking.
Some of the plants we saw:
[Family] Genus species
[Rosaceae] Spirea splendens
[Ericaceae] Phyllodoce empetriformis
[Melanthiaceae] Veratrum viride
[Orobanchaeceae] Pedicularis ornithoiryncha
[Ranunculaceae] Actaea rubra
[Ranunculaceae] Anenome occidentalis
[Scrophulariaceae] Mimulus guttatus
Length: 15 miles roundtrip (WTA Hike Info), 14.2 miles by our measurement (a Garmin etrex Vista HCx)
Duration: 8:50 am leave trailhead, 12:30 pm arrive Indian Bar campground, 1:00 pm start back, and 3:40 pm arrive back at trailhead.
Elevation: 3,173 feet start, 5,915 feet max altitude, 4,656 feet total ascent