Monday, November 22, 2010

Skyline Divide Trail, North Cascades National Park


The Skyline Divide trail is located off Mt. Baker highway in the middle of nowhere. After two hours of driving through endless mountains, a small sign let us know we were almost there. The trail measures 9 miles round trip and gains 2500 feet. The highest peak sits at 6563 feet.


A brief incline through dense forest brings you to this - the hill from the Sound of Music.



The illustrious Mt. Baker in the distance before becoming covered in clouds the remainder of the hike. The trail winds along the mountain ridge in the background before ascending the peak to the left.


Lupin somewhere high up along the trail


Continuing along the trail. The higher we hiked the shorter the trees became. These are known as Krummholz - trees distorted by continuous heavy winds at elevation. During the winter months snow protects the lower portion of the tree while winds destroy the upper part, giving them the fat bushy appearance.


Lunch. These are Huckleberries and taste a lot better than blueberries.