Bear Grass has such intriguing blossoms, and they are thick this year! These images were all taken July 3, 2013. Many of the lower blossoms are faded now July 12, but higher up the road there are still many flowers to enjoy. There are also cute Critters.
We also get some lovely sunsets… this one is at Mirror Lake near the entry station.
This is taken up by the entry gate to Bench Lake and Bird Creek Meadows on the SW side of Mount Adams… and that gate opened for the season July 8, 2013. Monday Morning early! The area is managed by the Yakama Tribe, and is part of what they call Tract D. A $5 entry fee is good for vehicle and passengers, for 5 days. Several trails climb up into the Alpine Meadows and while there may still be snow in patches it is leaving fast. Ask the rangers for a trail map.
If you choose to camp in the park, it is $10 a night still (in addition to the entry fee) and that includes 12 pieces of firewood. There is also a fishing fee, seems like maybe $5 for 3 days but not positive there. Rangers live onsite in trailers, and have been known to rescue people who get lost and such.
The road in is rough, and has been known to eat small car oil pans, however I have seen many low clearance cars do just fine if they pay attention and drive slowly. Mosquitoes can be fierce so be prepared with repellent. Also remember to drink plenty of water and use a hat or sunscreen.
There are 3 lakes with campsites around them, Mirror Lake, Bird Lake, Bench Lake. Also a lovely lake up the trails called Bluff Lake. However there is no camping anywhere except designated lake campsites and Sunrise Camp up on Mount Adams. That requires its own registration.
The lakes are stocked occasionally with huge high altitude trout.
If you ever see cows on the trails notify the Rangers please! They will notify the ranchers who will bring horses up and cow dogs to chase them out.
Also my show at Skyline Hospital in White Salmon is now on display in the main corridor, and it is peaceful and very cool in this entry area of the Hospital on a hot busy day
as well as more images down the hall into the old part of the hospital in the Visiting Doctors waiting room. Still more of my photographs hang in the North Shore Clinic across the parking lot from the hospital.
Saturday Markets have started in Trout Lake, and I will be selling books, cards and some prints there. Please see my CONTACT and ABOUT page in the links to the right for more information. To purchase prints and view more galleries click on that sunset rays image that says PURCHASE PRINTS 😉
You can also contact me directly for orders at firstname.lastname@example.org
thank you for the visit!