Here are some pictures of the trip Mike and I took to Goat Rocks in the
South Cascades of Washington... This trip was pretty much a scouting
trip to become familiar with the area. To get
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here... The hike to the ridge is fairly easy, and took us a little
over 4 hours to get to a camp spot on the saddle to the south of the
rocks. There was still some access to water running off the rocks, but
this is probably gone by August. Also, there was a pretty constant wind
running across the saddle there whole time we were there.
Hike Up... - The hike
includes around 4 miles on trail 96A, 1 mile on trail 97, and then around
2 miles south on the Pacific Crest Trail (trail 2000). While there
are couple good views of Mt. Adams from the trail on the way up, it's
mostly in the trees, and encourages a quick pace to get on to the
PCT. I took this picture of the Goat Rocks drainage which cascades
into what becomes Cispus River. At any rate, we weren't in a big
hurry, and took a nice
nap 20 minutes below where we eventually camped.
a place to stay... - Once
at the drainage, there are several choices for where to camp. We
chose a saddle
on the right beneath
the taller spires. In hindsight though, I think the saddle on
the left would have been better for views. The view of Mt. Ranier
was hidden from our location, plus the morning colors would have been more
- Due to the long dusk, we
had plenty of time to eat, and still get in ready for some
evening colors. Here Mike enjoys a pot of ramen. We had to
cook and eat in the rocks as the wind was pretty relentless!
on the ridge... - Mike
has this insatiable urge to try and get the best pictures possible, and he
usually does! In order to get them though, he sometimes pulls some
pretty insane moves. Here we have him pretty much taking the
most difficult route up this ridge to get above the clouds. I was
tempted to head up also, but chose to bet on the deck staying below my
lost, Mike won...
colors... - For
most of the afternoon, the sky was uniformly dreary. Then at around
6 o'clock, the wind kicked up, and the upper deck moved off, and waves of
clouds at 7,000 feet came and moved on. During the show, we both
started taking shots of anything interesting:
morning was still windy, but the clouds were staying lower in the
valleys. We were hurt by our campsite selection to get good morning
colors, as the low sun was hidden on Mt. Adams by the Goat Rocks
ridge. The northern saddle would have been a better selection.
Still, I captured this shot of a very inspiring Mt. Adams...
spires... - On
Sunday morning, we decided to check out the other saddle, and assess
access to the spires for climbing. Mike took this shot... The
vantage point where I took most of yesterday evenings pictures is in the
lower left. Once in the saddle, we were greeted with an awesome
view of Mt. Ranier,
and views of the McCall and Conrad glaciers. The first spire looked very
accessible, so we scrambled up in about 20 minutes...
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