As we attempted to decipher a foot path out of the spiderweb of elk trails that sprawled across the slope, I reflected on the term “un-maintained.” The Forest Service provided that simple warning in its description of the 221 Trail to Castle lake: “Area Status: Unknown.” We stood on a grassy ridge along the… continue reading
My goal was a nameless peak on the western edge of the Cascades. Almost exactly four thousand feet in elevation, with a small summit formation, and a jumble of talus sloughing down its southeastern slope, the peak’s anonymity was understandable. Looking south from the tiny summit, I could quickly identify nine other small mountains; all… continue reading
Mt. St. Helens has an older sister. An older sister that long ago enjoyed a brief career and retired to a quiet neighborhood. A sister volcano who’s career never really took off. She did good work in her time, no doubt. It is hard to miss the bulk of the enduring basalt spires, which are… continue reading
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