After car troubles in the driveway and a couple of wrong turns in the mountains, we hit the trail at about 10:15 and started the road walk. I’m pretty sure I saw a dung moss on the road walk but I need to work to ID it. We took off our boots to cross Lebar Creek; I left my sandals on the shore for the return crossing. The view from the saddle was ok; we could see Lake Cushman and noticed how much bigger it looks now that it has been raised 57 feet.
We were both worried about getting a sun burn so he wore his rain jacket and I put my pants legs back on. It was hot! We were happy to finally make the ridge and then I was ecstatic to find a snow bank on the other side. I flopped down in the snow to cool off and I put a snow ball in my hat. I also filled my nearly empty water bottle with snow and made two snow balls to carry to the summit.
On the summit there were a lot of flowers and mosses and brightly colored crustose lichens.
The summit was nice and airy. We went to the middle summit that is about 20 feet lower than the highest summit. On the summit I really, really, enjoyed drinking ice water. I also had fun bringing the moss and reindeer lichens back to life by dripping melted snow onto it. We did not linger for too long on the summit as we were both in danger of getting sunburned.
The trip down was a bit faster. I carried a snow ball in my hat and one in each pocket to keep me cool. The snowballs worked quite well but my pants got soaked and never did really dry out.
We made it back down to the hummer at about 8:00pm.
About 6 miles with about 2,000 feet elevation gain.
|Late for a trillium|
|New sign at rotting register|
|Going back down the meadow towards the ridge and trail|
|Nice refreshing snow|
|Looking back at the meadow we climbed|
|Lake Cushman from the saddle|
|Resting on the summit|
|Sun sets on dry Mountain and the meadow we traversed|
|Pano of the inner Olympic|
|Tetraplodon mniodes rare moss in an area that might become|
part of the Wonder Mountain wilderness.
|Tetraplodon mniodes leaf|
|Tetraplodon mniodes capsule|
|Tetraplodon mniodes spores at 1000X magnification|