July 13, 2008. Since my last trip to the Sahale Arm two years ago,
I have yet to encounter another trail in Washington with as many
persistently increadable views. In some ways, I lucked out during
that trip because the Arm's wild flowers had just peaked. This time
around, flowers had barely started to bloom, but the views of the
Cascades were just as great. See my previous trip report for more pictures
of the peaks and flowers. This time I focused mainly on getting
photos of the Arm itself. This trip was with Damon, who took a nap
at one of the campsites by the glacier. They were all vacant, but
we ran into some climbers returning from Buckner and some more
heading to Boston. (11 miles round trip, 4000 ft. gain)
To the Cascade Pass:
Flowers and Eldorado from the exact same spot that
I took this picture two years ago (this time with better lighting).
(1) Shot of Mixup, Triplets, and Johannesburg from the
trail. The trail's billion switchbacks are just as annoying
as I remember.
To the Glacier Camp:
Damon hiking up the talus just below the camp with
Doubtful Lake below.
(1) Obligatory panorama from the camp.
(2) Doubtful Lake from the camp.
(3) Doubtful Lake from the Arm.
The way that the sites are on top of mounds make them look like
forts. It might be fun to bring a frisbee or football to toss
between campers (though, knowing my poor aim,
it would probably wouldn't last more than a few tosses :).
(1) Damon taking a nap on a floating island.
(2) Rocks and the ridge.
(3) Sahale in back.
Heading Down the Arm: Part I:
Damon heading east.
(1) Damon heading west.
(2) Damon heading south.
(3) Hidden Lake Peaks, Triad, and Eldorado.
Heading Down the Arm: Part II:
Damon surveying the trail.
(1) Lazy marmot.
(2) Marmot and Johannesburg.
(3) Hiking back to the Cascade Pass. There were
a few bags full of dirt, rocks, and brush left by trail
workers. Trail was in great shape (Thanks :).
Return to the Cascade Pass Trail:
The last bit of open hiking before descending to the
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