Saturday, July 26, 2014

West Fork Foss River and Lakes

 

Left: Green Insect on Angelica; Right: Google Earth Hike KML for West Fork Foss River
A Bug’s Single Bar: Kneeling AngelicaGoogle Earth Hike KML

Hike Notes

Length: 15* miles roundtrip (WTA reports it as 13.0)
Duration: 9.25 hours
Elevation Gain: 5,841 ft (starting 1,658 ft, max 4,938 ft)
Location: Central Cascades, Stevens Pass West

* We recorded 15 miles because we took the detour to Lake Malachite, and we walked a bit further around Big Heart Lake. Our measurements come from a Canon GPS logger.

Our third day hike of the 2014 season and a tough one at that. We had sunny skies, warm temperatures, lakes, incredible terrain, and relatively few mosquitoes, what’s not to like about that. On the hike, we visited five lakes, in order: Trout Lake (elev. 2,000 feet), Lake Malachite (4,098 feet), Copper Lake (3,961 feet), Little Heart Lake (4,204 feet), and Big Heart Lake (4,545 feet). In our opinion, Copper Lake is the prettiest and most accessible.

Plants and Fungi
[Family] Genus species (Common name)

[Pteridaceae] Adiantum aleuticum (Western Maidenhair Fern)
[Asteraceae] Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting)
[Apiaceae] Angelica genuflexa (Kneeling Angelica)
[Cladoniaceae] Cladonia macilenta (Lipstick Cladonia)
[Orchidaceae] Corallorhiza mertensiana (Western Coralroot - Orchid)
[Ericaceae] Elliottia pyroliflorus (Copperbush)
[Rosaceae] Geum macrophyllum (Large-leaved Avens)
[Ericaceae] Hypopitys monotropa (Pinesap, Dutchman’s Pipe)
[Liliaceae] Lilium columbianum (Columbia Lily)
[Caprifoliaceae] Linnaea borealis (Twinflower)
[Lobariaceae] Lobaria pulmonaria (Lungwort)
[Scrophulariaceae] Penstemon serrulatus (Cascades Penstemon)
[Lamiaceae] Prunella vulgaris (Self-heal)
[Rosacaea] Rubus lasiococcus (Dwarf Bramble)
[Rosaceae] Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry)
[Rosaceae] Rubus spectablis (Salmonberry)
[Adoxaceae[ Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry)
[Asteraceae] Senecio triangularis (Arrow-leaved Groundsel)
[Rosaceae] Sorbus sitchensis (Sitka Mountain-Ash)
[Liliaceae] Stenanthium occidentale (Mountainbells)
[Rosaceae] Spirea douglasii
[Rosaceae] Spirea spendens (S. densiflora)
[Saxifragaceae] Tiarella trifoliata (Foamflower)
[Melanthiaceae] Xerophyllum tenax (Bear Grass)

Butterfly: Parnassius clodius (Clodius Parnassian)
Parnassius clodius (Clodius Parnassian)

Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting)
Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting)Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting)

A Bug’s Single Bar: Kneeling Angelica
A Bug’s Single Bar: Kneeling AngelicaA Bug’s Single Bar: Kneeling AngelicaA Bug’s Single Bar: Kneeling AngelicaA Bug’s Single Bar: Kneeling Angelica

Trout Lake
Trout Lake

Malachite Lake
Malachite Lake

Copper Lake
Copper Lake

Little Heart Lake
Little Heart Lake

Big Heart Lake
Big Heart Lake

Viewing Malachite Lake Behind the Photographer (miniature effect) and a Tree Hugger on the West Fork Foss River?
Viewing Malachite Lake Behind the Photographer (miniature effect)Tree Hugger

Corallorhiza mertensiana (Western Coralroot - Orchid)
Corallorhiza mertensiana (Western Coralroot - Orchid) Corallorhiza mertensiana (Western Coralroot - Orchid)

Left: Adiantum aleuticum (Western Maidenhair Fern); Right: Vaccinium ovalifolium?
Adiantum aleuticum (Western Maidenhair Fern) Vaccinium ovalifolium

Left: Elliottia pyroliflorus (Copperbush); Center: Geum macrophyllum (Largeleaf Avens); Right: Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry)
 Elliottia pyroliflorus (Copperbush)Geum macrophyllum (Largeleaf Avens)Sambucus racemosa (Red Elderberry)


Right: Hypopitys monotropa (Pinesap, Dutchman's Pipe); Right: Lilium columbianum
Hypopitys monotropa (Pinesap, Dutchman's Pipe) Lilium columbianum

Penstemon serrulatus? (Cascades penstemon)
Penstemmon serrulatus (Cascades penstemon)Penstemmon serrulatus (Cascades penstemon)Penstemmon serrulatus (Cascades penstemon)

Left: Rubus lasiococcus (Dwarf Bramble); Right: Prunella vulgaris (Selfheal)
Rubus lasiococcus (Dwarf Bramble)Prunella vulgaris (Selfheal)

Left: Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry) Immature Fruit; Right: Rubus spectablis (Salmonberry) Flower
 Rubus parviflorus (Thimbleberry) Immature FruitRubus spectablis (Salmonberry) Flower

Senecio triangularis (Arrow-leaved Groundsel) Leaves and Flower
Senecio triangularis (Arrow-leaved Groundsel) Leaves and Flower

Left: Sorbus at Lake Malachite; Right: Thistle Trailside
Sorbus at Lake MalachiteThistle Trailside

Left: Spirea douglassi (hardhack); Right: Spirea spendens (by Lake Malachite)
Spirea douglassi (hardhack)Spirea spendens (by Lake Malachite)

Stenanthium occidentale (Mountainbells)
Stenanthium occidentale (Mountainbells)Stenanthium occidentale (Mountainbells)

Tiarella trifoliata
(Foamflower)
Tiarella trifoliata (Foamflower)Tiarella trifoliata (Foamflower)

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