Ice Caves Aug 2011


The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />The site of the resort hotel long ago burned down, the fireplace is the only remains.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran is ready to go at the start of our walk.<br />Big Four mountain was named after a snowpatch that looked like a digit 4.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />A lot of this trail is suitable for anyone... no steps to climb. The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />This is a rightly popular trail (on weekends) as it has beauty and an easy distance. We are lucky to come here on a Tuesday!The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Skunk cabbage likes these soggy places.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />This aluminum bridge replaces the older wooden one which didn't survive the Stillaguamish River flood of a few years ago.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Ron over the Stillaguamish River. The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />The Stillaguamish river is peaceful in August.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran didn't need the trekking poles on this walk.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Many plants that I need names for....The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />A first view of the high watercourse that feeds the ice caves. The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />A notch above an avalanch chute.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />This area has many waterfalls making pleasant sounds.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />That bump atop the mountian is the peak of Mt. Dickerman, which is a major challenge for me to climb inmy old age. I may skip doing it this year due to longer than normal lingering of snow on the trail near the top.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Stillaguamish peak at center, Mt Dickerman to the right. The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran catches the views at a nice terminus of the trail. The Ice caves form a bit later in the season, as the snow was much higher than uaual this year.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />There is only a small start of an ice cave showing here. These places are dangerous as rocks sometimes come down from above, and the caves can collapse withour warning. People are killed here every few years, so the caves are best viewed from a safe distance.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Tiger lilies.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Goats beard I think. The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran ready to return to the car, Stillaguamish Peak in the background.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />That ice cave is larger than first impressions.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Lupine and heather... nice colors.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Bush spirea? The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />We once met a man who was carrying a microphone and acoustic reflector up here, and who was recoding the sounds from waterfalls and rocksldes downthe icy chutes. That would be another way to enjoy this place!The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran walks past the cow parsnips? and goats beard.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Hedge nettle?The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />That's Big Four mountain on the right. The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Wood cutters have made this trail easy.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />The wind msut be powerful here at times. Lots of wood cutting needed!The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />This easy trail has beauty....The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran likes to stay on top of things. The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Back at the aluminum bridge to cross the "Stilly" river.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />I'd say Fran enjoyed this walk.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />The Stilly water looks crystal clear.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />As the river goes toward towns, it will pick up some sediments and not be quite so clear. The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />This fallen tree looks normal from his angle...The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />The underside of the fallen tree shows how no tap roots there are to hold the tree in place.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />Fran rests at a pond in the wet zone going back to the car.The Ice Caves Aug 16, 2011<br />A map showing many features of the area.

These are images by Ron Black using his HS10 Fuji "Bridge" camera.   This is a light easy to carry camera with a very wide range zoom lens, convenient to have along on a long hike.

These are images from our August 2011 hikes, this one to the Ice Caves, on the Mountain Loop Highway, west of Barlow Pass, below the Big Four Mountain.

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