Friday, June 26, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Length: 13.0 miles GPS in camera
Duration: About 8 hours, 9:20 am - 5:40 pm with a break for lunch
Elevation: Starting 1,875 ft, max at 5,875.
Location: North Cascades, Lost Creek Ridge / Round Lake
The star attractions in the shaded, lower part of the hike were orchids and heath family myco-hetrotropics (parasitic) plants like candysticks (Allotropa virgata) and pinedrops (Pterospora andromedea), and then Lily family Queen's Cup (Clintonia uniflora). In the meadows the usual suspects: bistort, valerian, lupin, columbine, daisies and more.
It's quite a climb to Bingley gap (> 2,000 feet), and you are still not done until you do some more climbing to break into the meadows where your reward is at hand: leisurely meadow to meadow walking. From the meadows, Red Mountain, Bedal Peak, Sloan Peak and Glacier Peak seem so close.
We ate looking down on Round Lake, but did not go down for a visit, instead saving time to push on along the ridge. We turned around and start back to the car around 3:15pm before reaching Hardtack Lake.
Photos in next section.
[Asteraceae] Aster Family
Luina hypoleuca - Little-Leaf Silverback
Petasites frigidus - Artic Sweet Coltsfoot
Solidago multiradiata - Northern Goldenrod
[Caryophyllaceae] Pink Family
Eremognne capillaris - Mountain Sandwort
[Cornaceae] Dogwood Family
Cornus unalaschkensis - Western Bunchberry
[Ericaceae] Heather Family
Allotropa virgata - Candystick
Chimaphila umbellata - Pipsissewa, Common Prince's Pine
Gaultheria shallon - Salal
Monotropa hypopitys - Pinesap, Many-Flower Indian-Pipe
Phyllodoce empetriformis - Pink Mountain-Heath
Pterospora andromedea - Woodland Pinedrops
[Grossulariaceae] Currant/Gooseberry Family
Ribes lacustre - Prickly Currant
[Liliaceae] Lily Family
Clintonia uniflora - Queen's Cup
Lilium columbianum - Columbian Lily
[Linnaeaceae] Flax Family
Linaceae borealis - America twinflower
[Orchidaceae] Orchid Family
Corallorhiza mertensiana - Western Coralroot
Goodyera oblongifolia - Western Rattlesnake Plantain
[Orobanchaceae] Broomrape Family
Castilleja parviflora - Mountain Indian Paintbrush
Pedicularis bracteosa - Bracted Lousewort
Pedicularis groenlandica - Elephanthead Lousewort
[Phrymaceae] Lopseed Family
Erythranthe guttata - Seep Monkey-Flower
[Plantaginaceae] Plantain Family
Penstemon davidsonii - Davidson's Penstemon
Penstemon procerus - Small-Flowered Penstemon
[Primulaceae] Primose Family
Dodecatheon jeffreyi - Jeffrey's Shooting Star
[Ranunculaceae] Buttercup Family
Aquilegia formosa - Red Columbine, Western Columbine
Thalictrum occidentale - Western Meadow-Rue
[Rosaceae] Rose Family
Rubus lasiococcus - Dwarf Bramble
Rubus parviflorus - Thimbleberry
[Saxifragaceae] Saxifrage Family
Leptarrhena pyrolifolia - Leather Leaf Saxifrage
Saxifraga mertensiana - Merten's Saxifrage
Tiarella trifoliata - Three-Leaf Foam Flower
[Valerianaceae] Valerian Family
Valerniana sitchensis - Sitka Valerian
In approximate order from lowest to highest altitude.
Allotropa virgata – Candystick looking like a Christmas treat!
Saturday, June 20, 2015
The last big Seattle urban hike we did was in November 2014 (creatively called An Urban Hike). Today, we ventured out under sunny skies and did a similar route from Fremont to University District to Capitol Hill to South Lake Union and back to Fremont.
The hike was about 26,000 steps, 13+ miles. Started at 11:30 am from Fremont. Stopped for lunch at Vios around 1:30pm. Continued on to Vivace (near REI) for coffee and then on home around 4:30 pm.
Instead of flowers and wildlife, we call out graffiti and used furniture.
Billy Davis “Sanctuary” Mural at Walgreens on 15th Ave E. More info.
Left: Under the University Bridge: Chill, Chill, Chill. What does it mean, mean, mean? Right: Beginnings of a mural at Marketime in Fremont.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Our third hike of the season and what a treat. We finally, got a look at Grand Park in Mount Rainier National Park. We parked at Sunrise (road open early this year, not the lodge) and took off around 10:15 am following the trail to Berkeley Camp, then on to Grand Park, and eventually Lake Eleanor. At the lake, we hit about 9.5 miles, one-way. We arrived back at Sunrise around 7:15 pm. Time-wise, we were moving slow, stopping for a leisurely lunch, plant photos, and just taking in the view.
On either side of Grand Park (Berkley Camp to Grand Park and Grand Park to Lake Eleanor), our path was lined with a dazzling number of lilies, primarily white glacier lily (Erythronium montanum) and yellow avalanche lily (Erythronium grandiflorum). There was a lot of variation and we suspect we there could have been other species mixed in, but we couldn't prove it.
On Grand Park itself, lupine was the most conspicuous, though curiously, many plants were damaged as if a strong wind or freeze had happened a day or so prior.
When not looking at the ground, our gaze was either on the majestic Rainier itself and the clouds playing about it, or the curiously conical Fremont Lookout. We tackled the Fremont Lookout 2 years ago in Mount Rainier National Park - Sunrise Hikes: Fremont Lookout, Skyscraper Peak, Burroughs Mountain.
Length: 19.0 miles as recorded by our Garmin etrex Vista HCx
Elevation Gain: 4,500 feet total by our Garmin GPS tracker (attached to camera). [Sunrise Lodge ~ 6400', high point ~ 6800' (near Frozen Lake), just before Lake Eleanor ~ 4900']
Duration: 10:15 am - 7:15, 9 hours
Location: Mt. Rainier -- NE - Sunrise, White River, Mount Rainier National Park
The Burke links are to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture's WTU Image Collection: Plants of Washington Lichens of Washington. This is a useful site for confirming ranges of plants. We also used the Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest (Turner, Gustafson) book and app. See this press release for details. The app is worth the money!
Pictures of the plants listed below can be found later in the post.
Apiaceae (Parsley Family)
Lomatium triternatum (nineleaf lomatium) (Burke)
We saw lots of Lomatium on the Grand Park plateau.
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Agoseris alpestris (smooth mountain dandelion) (Burke)
Antennaria lanata (wooly pussytoes) (Burke)
Fabaceae (Pea Family)
Lupinus, likely latifolius (broadleaf lupine) (Burke)
Liliaceae (Lily Family)
Erythronium montanum (white, glacier lily) (Burke) [Etymology of erythronium]
Erythronium grandiflorum (yellow avalanche lily) (Burke)
Xerophyllum tenax (bear grass) (Burke)
Most lilies were on the climb up/down from Grand Park.
Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)
Platanthera stricta (slender bog orchid) (Burke)
Corallorhiza, either maculata (coralroot) or mertensiana (pacific coralroot) (Burke)
Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)
Veronica cusickii (Cusick's speedwell) (Burke)
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)
Phlox diffusa (spreading phlox) (Burke)
Polemonium californicum (low Jacob's-ladder) (Burke)
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)
Bistorta bistortoides (alpine bistort) (Burke)
Primulaceae (Primrose Family)
Dodecatheon jeffreyi (Jeffrey's shooting star) (Burke)
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
Anenome occidentalis (western pasqueflower) (Burke)
Caltha leptosepala (white marsh marigold) (Burke)
Salicaceae (Willow Family)
Salix commutata (under-green willow) (Burke)
Violaceae (Violet Family)
Viola adunca (hookedspur violet) (Burke)
Views from the Trail
The Start of the Show: Glacier Lily
Left: Agoseris alpestris (smooth mountain dandelion); Right: Lomatium triternatum (nineleaf lomatium).
Left: Anenome occidentalis (western pasqueflower); Center: Antennaria lanata (wooly pussytoes); Right: Bistorta bistortoides (alpine bistort).
Left: Phlox diffusa (spreading phlox); Right: Viola adunca (hookedspur violet).
Left: Polemonium californicum (low Jacob's-ladder); Right: Veronica cusickii (Cusick's speedwell)
Left: Insect on Xerophyllum tenax (bear grass); Xerophyllum tenax (bear grass) Bloom.