参差不齐的山峰，高山湖泊和草地. 冰川雕刻的山谷，山间溪流和亚高山森林. 可爱的声音? If you are looking the best way to spend three days in inspiring wilderness getting to know the most dramatic topography in Washington State, 这次旅行是为你准备的. 我们欣赏壮丽的景色，双脚不停地移动, exploring the various facets of this wild and remote range of mountains!
On this tour we explore the wilds of the North Cascades from the westside rainforests to the dry pine forests of Eastern Washington. Snow-clad spires tower dizzyingly above emerald valleys filled with glacier-fed rivers. 当地人称之为“美国阿尔卑斯山”,” the North Cascades region of the Cascade Mountain Range features over ten times the number of glaciers than Glacier National Park in Montana! Amazing views provide a continual backdrop for our “classroom” as we explore the natural history of this rugged region on some of the most spectacular trails the area has to offer.
Summer is a great time to visit, but the late season can be equally spectacular. Beginning in late-September, until the snow begins to fly in October, the fall colors start to show. 时间不多了, but to many the golden larches and crimson meadows surpass even the summer wildflower displays for sheer beauty. Regardless of when you choose to travel, you will not be disappointed.
今天早上从西雅图开车过来有一段路, but don’t fret; the drive is scenic, and we will stop to stretch our legs at several fantastic viewpoints before hitting the trail. 蓝色的湖 sits high in the mountains, near the crest of the range. Alpine forests line half of the lake while granite walls ascend toward the heavens on the opposite shore. Enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch (and, if you dare, a really c-c-c-cold swim!)，然后我们返回小路. Rest easy in amongst the lodgepole and ponderosa pines of the Methow Valley on the eastern slopes of the Cascades. 我们将停留在世界一流的地方 毛石客栈, winner of a “Top 25 Lodges in America” award from Travel and Leisure magazine.
第二天: Heather和Maple Pass
两个山道, 几个高山湖泊, countless granite spires… If only there were more trails like this one! 然而这一循环却绝非易事, the continuous views along the way provide the best motivation your legs and lungs could ask for. 甚至更好的, 一条山脊线将两个隘口连接起来, so bagging both passes is almost a two-for-the-price-of-one deal. It’s a short drive there and back, so there’s no reason to hurry. 我们有一整天的时间可以在小路上享受. We’ll pick the best place according to the season and the weather to enjoy our picnic lunch. In the afternoon we return to the Methow Valley to enjoy another night of bucolic tranquility amongst the ranches and pines.
环行徒步:8英里(可选择更多)，增加2000英尺，最大高度. 6700 ft
This trail lies just east of the Cascade Crest and as such features a variety of different flora than on the wetter (rain-forested) west side. The forest is more open here; you can actually see the forest for the trees! Even the rocks the mountains themselves are made of have a different appearance – instead of gray or black, 这里是金色的. 这是一个短, 今天去割喉湖更容易了, giving us plenty of time to enjoy a relaxed morning in this mountain paradise before beginning the drive back to Seattle. 就像开车去北喀斯喀特一样, we will break up our return journey with some scenic stops to stretch our legs and take photos.