Saturday, October 20, 2012

North Cascades National Park Trip Spring 2012


In late August of 2011, Oscar and I took the long way home from Leavenworth so that we could see North Cascades National Park. It was a beautiful day, and the views of Ross and Diablo lakes were amazing, but the waterfalls were pathetic little trickles. I told him I wanted to come back in the spring so I could see the waterfalls in all their glory. We took a road trip up in late June of this year (higher elevations equals later spring), and this time we viewed everything from west to east rather than east to west. Our first stop was pretty though distant Big Devil Falls.

I don't know if this one has a name, but this dam makes for a small but powerful waterfall.
Gorge Creek Falls is pretty cool, but it really needs a panoramic display to do it justice. Too bad we didn't get a camera with panorama abilities until a week after this trip.
I liked the multiple tiers of Ketchum Creek Falls.




























Lake Diablo was as beautiful and windy as ever.


Last time, John Pierce Falls was a tiny trickle. It's still not fabulous, but it's decent. We took a little hike away from the highway to get closer to its main drop. We had to wade through a lot of bramble to get there. I was more impressed with the fact that we made it there than I was with the view once we arrived.

There were a few more small falls whose names we're unsure of.


Bebee Creek falls was pretty cool, but there was no real way to get closer to it's largest drop
We took a quick lunch break in the tiny, tiny town of Mazama before hiking up to beautiful Cedar Falls.


And we made our final stop at Ross Lake before heading back home the way we came. 




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