Thursday, June 30, 2016

North Cascades National Park

One day trip we planned to take while visiting the Pacific Northwest was to
This trip did not disappoint us and it was a day filled with gorgeous scenery.  We drove Highway 20 East through the towns of Sedro-Woolly and Concrete, which were not particularly scenic but did give us a glimpse into what daily life is like in this part of the country.  Ronnie drove a total of 225 miles this day as we went all the way to Washington Pass and then turned around to go back to Fidalgo Island.

Once we entered the Park, you could see wildfire damage to the forest.

View of Gorge Dam on the Skagit River.

View from on top of Diablo Dam, in between Gorge Lake and Diablo Lake.

Wow, what a view from on top of Diablo Dam of Diablo Lake.

Wonderful views of Diablo Lake. I think that's the Diablo Dam seen in the distance.

More amazing views from lookouts over Diablo Lake.

Continuing eastward on the North Cascades Highway, the rugged mountain scenery just gets better.

Here's Rainy Pass, elevation 4855 ft.

Finally we reach Washington Pass Overlook. Elevation here is 5477ft. Everywhere you look, more awesome views of the surrounding mountains.

View from the Washington Pass Overlook of Highway 20 as it makes that northeast curve.

That's Highway 20 as it winds eastward towards the towns of Winthrop, Twisp and Okanogan.

And we were even treated to a very colorful sunset that evening after such a long day of  sightseeing.

More later..our trip to Heather Meadows and Mount Baker.

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