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Camping in paradise

By on April 22, 2019 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

By Marc Dilley

Northeast of Glacier Peak — Washington’s wilderness volcano — is the east-west trending Miners Ridge. 

If a crow were to fly northeast for eight miles from the 10,541 foot summit of Glacier, the ground beneath it would recede to 2,600 feet at the crossing of the Suiattle River before climbing steeply to the park-like bench of 6,056 foot Image Lake, sitting near the west end of Miners Ridge, a rounded, timberline slope with more alpine wildflowers than you can imagine. 

The unobstructed views Glacier Peak, the only volcano in the Cascades not visible from any road, are unforgettable.

My wife, Margareta, and I set up an early camp on a little bench between Image Lake and Miners Ridge. 

Our plan was to hike the next day north to Canyon Lake and this camp would give us a bit of a head start. 

After a few hours of exploring the ridge meadows I wandered back towards camp. This scene was one of those lucky shots: topping out on a ridge I had to zig and zag just a little to get the three groups of trees where I wanted. 

A quick tripod setup, a few exposures and back to our camp in paradise.

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