Trip Date: September 27th, 2020
Up and over the Stampede Pass in the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest today, exploring the forest with Danny and Emma. It was a beautifully clear today high in the mountains of the Cascade range; a great day to be out in the wilds of Washington. Mt. Rainier was engulfed in huge bank of clouds all day, making for a few interesting photos of the volcano obscured by clouds.
We turned off of I-90 after Keechelus lake and quickly started our ascent up into the mountains. We were looking to head over the Stampede Pass at an elevation of about 3600 ft today. The Pacific Crest Trail also crosses the road and the pass at about the same location. While we did not see any trail hikers out today, we did share the gravel roads with a few bicycles pedaling along in the forest.
The gravel road we continued on eventually ended at a gated bridge over Friday creek. Turns out that we were not going to be able to drive all the way into the town of Lester, WA. Where we stopped as just outside the National Forest boundary and there happened to be a single house way out here, isolated in the mountains. While the house looked to be maintained and connected to the power grid, there were no signs of recent occupation.