Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gothic Basin Hike

Left: Partial View of the Route from Weeden Creek to Gothic Peak; Right: Foggy LakePartial View of the Route from Weeden Creek to Gothic PeakFoggy Lake

Length: 11.9 miles (according to our Garmin HCX)
Duration: 8.00 hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm), includes 45 min lunch break
Elevation Gain: 2,361 ft @ Barlow Pass parking lot; 5,200 ft @ Foggy Lake
Location: North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

For our eighth hike of the 2014 summer (and bringing us to 107.4 total miles this season), we climbed up to Foggy Lake and explored the lower reaches of Gothic Peak (WTA site). We hiked up beyond Foggy Lake, trying to reach Gothic Peak (6,213 ft), but we deemed it a bit too risky for our experience level. We topped out at 5,900 ft, on the east side of Gothic Peak. Despite that, it was still a great hike.


Left: Foggy Lake and Del Campo Peak; Right: Outlet of Foggy Lake Foggy Lake and Del Campo PeOutlet of Foggy Lake
Left: Foggy Lake and View East; Right: Gothic Peak
Foggy Lake and View EastGothic Peak
Left: Reddish Rocks of Gothic Peak and Purple Backdrop; Right: Rocks of Gothic PeakReddish Rocks of Gothic Peak and Purple BackdropRocks of Gothic Peak

Left: Moss Among the Rocks; Right: Roots on the Hike Up
Moss Among the RocksRoots on the Hike Up
Views from Gothic Peak Looking South
Views from Gothic Peak Looking SouthViews from Gothic Peak Looking SouthViews from Gothic Peak Looking South
Left: Lysichiton americanus (Yellow Skunk Cabbage) by Weeden Creek; Right: Sanguisorba stipulata (Canadian Burnet, Sitka Burnet) Below Weeden Lake
Lysichiton americanus (Yellow Skunk Cabbage) by Weeden CreekSanguisorba stipulata (Canadian Burnet, Sitka Burnet) Below Weeden Lake
Parnassia fimbrata (Fringed Grass-of-Parnassus) on the climb to Weeden LakeParnassia fimbrata (Fringed Grass-of-Parnassus) on the climb to Weeden LakeParnassia fimbrata (Fringed Grass-of-Parnassus) on the climb to Weeden Lake

Left: Gentiana calycosa (Mountain Bog Gentian); Right: Erythranthe lewisii (Lewis’ Monkeyflower) – on the climb to Weeden Lake
Gentiana calycosa (Mountain Bog Gentian) Erythranthe lewisii (Lewis’ Monkeyflower)
Left: Luetkea pectinata (Patridgefoot) around Foggy Lake; Right: Tsuga mertensiana Cones – Western Slope of Gothic Peak
Luetkea pectinata (Patridgefoot) around Foggy LakeTsuga mertensiana Cones – Western Slope of Gothic Peak

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