USA: WASHINGTON: Cascades: Mountain Loop: Granite Falls – Darrington

Ascend excellent trails to impressive peaks, flowers, lakes, and streams in the Central Cascades along the Mountain Loop Highway, in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, from Granite Falls to Verlot Public Service Center to Darrington, in Washington, USA.

Mountains and peaks

Hike well marked trails to beautiful mountains in the Central Cascades along the Mountain Loop Highway. The following photos include: Three Fingers, Goat Flats, Green Mountain, Downey Creek, Dome Peak, Bald Mountain, Walt Bailey Trail, Mount Pilchuck Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA), Mount Pilchuck State Park, Gothic Basin, Sheep Gap Mountain, Silvertip Peak, Monte Cristo, Glacier Peak, Mount Dickerman, Del Campo, Morning Star, Sperry, and Vesper Peaks, Hall Peak, Big Four Mountain, Sloan Peak, Mount Pugh, South Fork Stillaguamish River Valley, , Foggy Peak above Goat Lake, and distant Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, and Mount Rainier.


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Native wildflowers, plants, insects

Hiking from trailheads along the Mountain Loop Highway reveals a variety of native wildflowers, plants, and insects to photograph, such as: Columbine (genus Aquilegia), fireweed, Cornus canadensis (Canadian Dwarf Cornel, or Canadian Bunchberry, or bunchberry dogwood), Five-Finger Fern (or Western Maidenhair, or Adiatnum pedatum aleuticum), False Lily-of-the-Valley (Maianthemum), vine maple leaves silhouetted, heavy moss on trees, water drops on skunk cabbage (Lysichitum americanum), fall foliage colors, hoverfly on daisies, and Swallowtail butterfly.


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Snow, lakes, water

Hike wonderful trails to distinctive water, lake, and snow features along the Mountain Loop Highway, in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The following photos are from Goat Lake in Henry M. Jackson Wilderness, Cutthroat Lakes on the Walt Bailey Trail, and Foggy Lake in Gothic Basin. Snowshoe or hike to Lake Twenty-Two Research Natural Area, and to adjacent Heather Lake in Mount Pilchuck State Park.


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