Thursday, September 02, 2010

Hiking to Sicox Hut

As we waited at the steps of  Timberline Lodge for our guide, I enjoyed checking out the several containers of seasonal flowers.
Also, even though it was late in the season, there were still several varieties of wildflowers to be seen.
I took a slow route, stopping frequently to take photographs, while DH and the dogs stayed up with the tour.  Much of the year, this area above the timberline is covered in snow.  The views were spectacular, and from this vantage point, you could see great views of Mt. Hood and the Cascades. 
It's a pretty steep hike.  In one mile you go from 6,000 to 7,000 feet!  I must confess, forgot my asthma inhaler and had to wimp out about 2/3's of the way up and go back to Timberline.
Below, an old water tower
view of the Cascades, dotted with lakes
There were quite a few skiers on Palmer Glacier, some of them took this route down to the lodge instead of taking the lift.
Silcox Hut, a warming area for hikers and a site for private dinners and lodging.  Guests are transported by Sno Cats from the lodge. http://www.timberlinelodge.com/silcox-hut/
The dogs went the whole route and slept for two days!

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