Ok, here we go. Headed off into the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest land for a little fall color leaf peeping. After entering some latitude and longitude coordinates into my GPS I climbed on the Strike Force Moto and followed a route up an ever winding series of forest service roads to the trailhead for the Ashland Lakes trail.
The weather was kind of cool and at about 2500-3000 feet elevation I was expecting to run into some snow.
I found this perfect mushroom popping out of a carpet of green.
This was one of those hikes where I felt that I needed to stop and photograph something about every 5 steps.
No surprise then that almost all these trips seem to be solo adventures.
Have a look at some of my photos:
This beautiful little mountain lake was a short side trip off the main trail. It turned out to be well worth the detour. It is called Beaver Plant Lake and there was a narrow plank boardwalk circling most of the shoreline.
I enjoyed a snack at the lake and then pushed on.
The trail ascends a 3000 foot rocky pass and then begins to drop down into the next valley. Upper Ashland Lake was nestled in a forested bowl, and it too had a wooden boardwalk around it.
The sun had cracked out just a bit and provided for some interesting images.
…At least I thought so…
How about this beautiful wooden tent pad, built right next to the water. Wouldn’t you just love to spend a warm summer evening there.
Ashland Lake was my turn around point. the trail was going to be about 11 miles round trip so I retraced my path back down to the moto.
Well there you go. Hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed the hike.