Within Washington State, U.S. Route 97 (US 97) is a 322-mile (518 km) route which traverses from the Oregon state line in Maryhill to the Canada–US border near Oroville. ~Wikipedia
I opted for somewhere new, and dry, after going up to Nasikelt Peak and Lumiere Ridge the day before.
Bearcat Ridge was on the list last summer before the hot weather forced a change in plans.
The Temple was a delightful scenery change from last week's climb on Johannesburg Mountain.
The weather looked equally bad everywhere. So the pup and I made another attempt to dodge the rain out east.
We followed the partly sunny weather forecast to the east of the Cascade crest.
Swakane Peak continued to be one of my favorite rainy day and solitude seeking go-tos.
Pup and I have been chasing after big mountains nonstop since Memorial Day weekend.
Like Genius, my effort to include the peak in two other trips was also to no avail.
I first saw the glaciated Entiat River Valley from Seven Fingered Jack, my first Bulger peak.
In preparation for next day's climb, pup and I headed to this one of our back burner list destinations east of the mountains.
Officially kicked off my summer peakbagging endeavors on this Memorial Day weekend.
I had originally planned to include this high point when pups and I went out to Breezley Hills a few weeks back.
Today turned out to be the only sunny day in the week's forecast. On the spur of the moment, pup and I got in this short climb in mid-afternoon.
Third time visiting this ridge since the first trip in winter of 2013, and so far the best weather out of all three trips.
Due to wildfires in the last couple of years, the Entiat River Road had only been accessible to mile 32.
The 41-mile drive was much less appealing than the Summer Blossom Trail name itself.