Mount Maude & Carne High Route


Fall isn’t a just a great time to make the high-alpine traverse from Carne Mountain to LeRoy Basin, it’s the BEST time. Golden larches surround you and frame the neighboring peaks. Throw in five super climbing companions, a solitary campsite at Upper Ice Lake, a summit of Mount Maude (15th highest peak in Washington), and a secret beer stash by a friend who was there a day before you and you’ve got a recipe for a stellar two days in the mountains!

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Methow hiking


The sun is remaining low in the sky, the trails are dusty, and the temperatures are cool. It only took a short stroll to Goat Peak Lookout to find the season’s first golden larches and lofty views of the Methow valley and the glaciated side of Silver Star Mountain.

Diablo Dam

Diablo Dam

Nick and I stopped at Diablo Dam on our way to the Methow Valley recently. When it was completed back in 1930, it was the tallest dam in the world. Today, it isn’t the tallest dam anymore, but it still generates power for Seattle.

Jester Mountain


A lot of our wilderness was closed at the end of the summer due to wildfire danger. Jester Mountain, while not the most glamorous peak, provided some low-key off-trail travel for new scramblers.

Church Mountain



I played hooky last Thursday and attempted to scramble the true summit of Church Mountain. The conditions on the most exposed section of the scramble weren’t ideal, so we satisfied ourselves with the lookout site. Another day, perhaps in the winter with snow. In the mean time, the views of Baker Shuksan, Ruth, and the Twin Sistersmore than made up for stopping short of our goal.

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