Skykomish River, with a main stem of 29 miles, is a Washington river which drains the west side of the Cascade Mountains. It is joined by the Sultan River and the Wallace River at Sultan. It then meets the Snoqualmie River to form the Snohomish River at Monroe. ~Wikipedia
Haystack Mountain offers expansive views of the Skykomish River Valley when the weather is fair.
While most people were opening up presents, the pups and I checked out Heybrook Lookout.
The reopening of Road 63 to the Blanca Lake Trailhead gave us the chance to explore Goblin mountain.
While many scrambles involve some road walk or trail hike or both, Bald Eagle Peak had neither.
The pup and I visited Cascade Mountain's northern neighbor for a view do-over.
The hike to Coney Creek crossing at mile 3 was at times rocky but overall smooth sailing.
It was only a matter of time before we came back to finish singing song of the Three Witches.
The closest I had been to Mount Stickney was on the long-forgotten trip to Wallace Lake.
We attempted Crosby Mountain last year. But the new snow made it hard to go forward.
With the heightened avalanche danger in the Cascades this weekend, pup and I sought out places with minimal open terrain and settled on this woodsy mountain.
The pup and I made good use of the snow-free southern terrain by tackling Gunnshy Peak.
With recent fresh powder in the mountains, climbing Crosby Mountain would have been an overly ambitious day-long endeavor
With a noon start and the indefinite closure of Road 63, I was happy to settle for just one high point.
Gunn Peak has been on the back burner list for a while. I finally found time to climb it this season.
The lack of views on the summit kept me away from Philadelphia Mountain all these years.
Palmer Mountain looms above the town of Baring one ridgeline away from the famous Crosby Mountain.