What’s in Washington?

Yesterday I got a text sharing that LauTrav were at Mile 2170 which is in the State of Washington.  I’ve loaded up the maps for this at the end of the post.  Washington has 5 maps which is less than Oregon.

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Mile 2170 puts them on Section H Page 3 (top of) headed into Page 4 (bottom of).  They are around the Soda Springs Campground (probably past now). wa_section_h_map

Here’s some information about this area:

Overview

Soda Springs Campground is set on the forested banks of the Bumping River in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The area offers a delightful setting for visitors seeking recreation and relaxation.

Natural Features:

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offers stunning scenic views, with high, glaciated alpine peaks, valleys of old growth forest and rugged shrub-steppe country making up the diverse landscape. Elevations range from below 1,000 feet to more than 9,000 feet.

Precipitation varies greatly throughout the area, ranging from approximately 140 inches along the Cascade Crest to only 10 inches along the eastern edge. Visitors to the area can expect many days of warm, sunny weather in the summer, and winters with clear skies and plenty of snow.

The surrounding undeveloped wilderness, clean streams and diverse forests support an abundance of wildlife, including deer, porcupine, native fish and migratory birds. Endangered and threatened species, including the Northern Bald Eagle, the Northern Spotted Owl, gray wolves and grizzly bears, also find havens in nearby ecosystems.” (http://www.recreation.gov/camping/soda-springs-campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74025 )

I pulled some pictures from the DropBox to share of their hike through Oregon.  I had two clues of where these pictures are taken:  Three Sisters Wilderness (Deschutes National Forest) and Diamond Peak Wilderness (Willamette National Forest).

A little bit about the Three Sisters:

“Major peaks are: the North, Middle, and South Sisters (all above 10,000′), along with Broken Top, the best example in the Pacific Northwest of the effect of glaciation. Collier Glacier is the largest glacier in Oregon. Other geologic features include Rock Mesa, Collier Cone, and Yapoah Crater. Alpine meadows, waterfalls, lava fields, glaciers, and glacial lakes are abundant. Fish populations include brook and rainbow trout.

Three Sisters Wilderness area covers 286,708 total acres. There are approximately 260 miles of trail within the wilderness. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail traverses the wilderness for 40 miles. Most trails entering the wilderness begin in dense forests of Douglas-fir on the western slopes of the Cascades and ponderosa pine on the eastern slopes.

Forest in this Wilderness consists mainly of Douglas-fir, silver fir, sub-alpine fir, mountain hemlock, western hemlock, true fir, lodgepole pine, and ponderosa pine. Alpine meadows are abundant. ” (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/deschutes/recarea/?recid=79444)

A little about the Diamond Peak area:

“Diamond Peak Wilderness straddles the Cascade Mountains. Diamond Peak was formed as the entire land mass of the Cascades was undergoing volcanic activity and uplift. Great glaciers carved the large volcanic peak and when they receded, the bulk of the mountain remained, with snowfields near the summit and dozens of small lakes surrounding the peak.

Lakes are one to 28 acres in size.Diamond Peak Wilderness area covers 52,611 total acres. Approximately 14 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail pass through this wilderness. Another 38 miles of trail, including the 10-mile Diamond Peak Trail, stretches the length of the west side of the peak.

Nearly the entire area is covered with mixed stands of mountain hemlock, lodgepole and western white pine, and silver, noble and other true firs.” ( http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/willamette/recarea/?recid=4483)

Here are some of their pictures from this trek:

While mostly I post up the amazing scenery there is a picture here showing a blister/crack on Lauren’s foot.  There are definitely some challenges.

trail boo boo

Despite all the challenges they have faced, they have continued which is most impressive.

Maps:

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Until the next update,

~Linda =)

 

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