Mt Baker Wilderness and Snoqualmie NF

While we were staying in Aldergrove, we took a few trips to Mt Baker area in Washington as it is close and has fabulous hiking trails. One of our most favorite hikes is the Yellow Aster Butte Trail within Mt Baker Wilderness. We went in October and the alpine flowers covered the foreground in reds, yellows, oranges and purples which you can see from the photos is the best time for the brilliant palette of fall colors. We also enjoyed spectacular views of Mt Baker, Mt Shuksan, and the Border Peaks, Mt Larrabee and the western portion of the High Divide. We started the hike at the Tomyhoi Lake Trailhead and switchbacked up through an avalanche path, gaining elevation until the trail breaks out to a flat bench in a meadow. After a steep half mile trail we finally reached the windy summit of Yellow Aster Butte with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. It was a perfect day with a few clouds hanging above the peaks in the distance. Another time we would love to backpack here as there are phenomenal tent sites located in the meadow with tarns for camping next to and time for a day hike up Tomyhoi Peak. It’s a 7.5 mile R/T hike, with a 2,550 ft elevation gain. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Glen Canyon Recreation Area, Page AZ

We left Williams and the Grand Canyon to drive north to Page, Arizona. We are staying at the Wahweat Marina and RV Park just north of Page, and we have a beautiful view of Lake Powell from our campsite, where we can watch the sunrise over the lake.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Glen Canyon Dam was our first adventure here and we took a one tour of the dam going deep inside the dam, 700 feet down, and 300 feet at its base. It was constructed between 1956 and 1966, the water began to back up behind the dam’s 710-foot wall in 1963, reaching its “full pool” in 1980, and Lake Powell was created. Today the water level is 110 feet below its peak height. From the Glen Canyon Bridge you can get wonderful photos of the dam. At 700 feet above the river, this is the second-highest steel-arch bridge in the world, it was opened on Feb 20, 1959. Continue reading