Monte Cristo Aug 2011


Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />This log is the way across the Sauk river on the way to Monte Cristo. The former vehicle bridge was washed away in a flood a few years ago.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />The river can rise in afternoons when lots of snowmelt adds to the volume. We had no trouble getting across, but glad we didn't have to carry bicycles like some others did.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Many nice views on this hike.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />This bare site at least had a historical note.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />The road is deserted of vehicles now, only a few bikes all day.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />The former railroad between Monte Cristo and Hartford (near Lake Stevens) was exposed after the river below washed out the bank.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Another makeshift bridge, this one less intimidating.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />A view of "Toad" mountain.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />The mountains north of the road were quite lofty.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />A cute pictorial map greets visitors near the entry to Monte Cristo.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Fran rests at the townsite sign.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />We've seen a couple of wooden predecessor bridges here, which were destroyed in high water. This one appears to be sturdy.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />The water passing the townsite may be polluted with arsenic and other chemicals from mining debris.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Fran with older signs form the past.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Ron joins the picture.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />That older cabin sits next to the river, and is in danger of falling over.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Fran waits for me in the shade....Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />The scenery north of Monte Cristo is grand.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />A neat feature of the townsite.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Good detailed information about the town layout is posted.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />An old cabin above the townsite.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />The Peabody garage, but no road was visible. Maybe they worked on carriages there?Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />This was a main street? Long ago....Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Lots of sites marked, but no structural remains at most places.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />A nice marker.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />A memorial site to remember James Kyes.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Description to commemorate a fallen sailor.<br />His name was Kyes as shown on the plaque.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />The cabin of the hero sailor, Kyes.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />A view inside the Kyes cabin.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Ready to start back to the car.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Tiger lilies. Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Toad mountain.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Named after the toad-like rock on the right.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Fireweed.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Fran controlling RR traffic.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />High country grandeur....Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Telephoto view of a peak....Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Wonder what this plant is named....Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />The old vehicle bridge no longer connects across the river.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />That log is the hiker bridge these days.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />The water is clear but quite cold.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Fran made it back across!Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Looking straight down can make you dizzy!Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />It doesn't seem very difficult after you get across.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Fran is happy to see this place.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />The river crossing log has nice views.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Another view of that unknown plant, showing the flower in bloom.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Fran on the hot day return trail to the car.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />I was also overdressed for the hot day.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Fran was trying out her "planking" postures.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Only a few columbine seen today.Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Daisy patch?Monte Cristo Aug 17, 2011<br />Mossy limb tips at the high end of a tall tree.

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 Monte Cristo, WA, near Barlow Pass, on the Mountain Loop Highway out of granite Falls, WA.

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