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Skagit River-Cascade Pass (WA) - August 25-26, 2012

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I got to Goodell putin at 9am and rigged my cataraft. The rest of the group has been here since Thursday


Orion has a 6 boat float today


On the water at 11:51am


One of Orion's peeps is mulling over the "eddy is like a lake" speech


Looking upstream at the Newhalem bridge


One of the few rapids


Mountains above Goodell Creek


Fishing stop


Pulling in a fish


The Skagit still has some logs to dodge


2 are fishing the 3rd is on the oars


Lunch stop at Damnation Creek


Even got a picnic table, and Pete provided the lunch. Thanks Pete!


On the water again


Damnation Creek


Pete and PJ clear the first part of the S-curves


My view going in


Al rows Coop and Jim into the waves


Part 2


Sometimes it's tough to take clear shots while bouncing thru the waves


Part 3


The bridge remnants are the last of the rapids


Orion's timid jumpers


The float out


Copper Creek takeout in the distance


I'm in at 3:22pm before the rush


Al waits patiently at 4:02pm, waiting for Orion to clear. I had already packed, and decided it was best to get out of the melee and return to camp


Even though the entrance sign is upstream of the takeout, the Map shows the Copper Creek takeout within the park boundaries


Back at camp, dinner setup in progress


The rib-eye steaks go onto the grill. I took some flak for opting for the oriental chicken salad I brought instead


From campsite beach, evening upstream


...and downstream


Campfire entertainment


Next morning. No signs of life yet at 8:03am


On the Cascade Pass Road at 9:20am, Looking down at the Class IV-V+ Cascade River. Ran it once in 1990, and never had any desire to do it again


From Cascade river overlook


The "American Alps"


Didn't even get out of the truck for this one :)


Viewpoint


2nd shot


From the trailhead parking area 10:11am


Zooming in


Looking pretty high


The trail switchbacks were pretty well shaded


Breathtaking


Gaining altitude


Zooming in was not that impressive


Even more spectacular as I get higher and higher


Cascade Peak and Johannesburg Mtn.


Closeup of glacial breakup


Looking Up


... and way down


Can't get enough


Last shot before heading back down. I had made it through all the switchbacks, and was in the open more level terrain, baking in the heat!


Fungus shot taken shortly after a trail mishap. While stepping on a soft dirt patch about 3/4 of the way down, the trail gave way, and I stumbled and rolled and tumbled a few feet while grabbing the vegetation to stop


The soft dirt mixes quite nicely with the sunscreen layers


USGS Flow at 08/25/2012 12:00 PDT 3,700 CFS 83.39' 11.0C (51.8F)


    Credits:
  1. U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 3072x2304 HQ, 3X optical 38-114mm)

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