Southern Pickets

To get a good look at the Southern Picket range, Alissa and I did a quick backpacking trip to a nearby peak, The Roost. We took the Goodell Creek to Terror Basin approach. It was definitely an adventure with a few obstacles. 5k ft of elevation gain in ~3 miles, a pretty bushwacky trail, getting lost and having to backtrack, and an underground wasps nest that I accidentally stepped on… oops. But the view of the Pickets, all the other mountains around, the sunset, sunrise, and the sure sense of adventure made it all worth it! The next time I’m in this spot, I may just be on my way out of a full Pickets traverse…. maybe.
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Hiking in on the mossy climber’s trail.
Little critter we found!
Lots o’ moss.
Up and up…
The Southern Pickets!
Alissa and the Macmillan Spires.
Glacier Peak at sunset.
Beautiful sunset looking west.
Taking in that North Cascades sunset.
Night photography – Southern Pickets on the right, Mt. Shuksan in the center-left.
Hozameen Mountain (right) at sunrise.
Serene lake on the ridge.
The pickets were shrouded in clouds on the descent.

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