North Cascades

Photos: Yellow Aster Butte—with snow!

Last weekend, I went on an overnight hike to Yellow Aster Butte, in the Mt. Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest.

Yellow Aster Butte wasn’t our first choice, but this trip worked out perfectly. We even got to experience some fresh snow for the first time this season!

The untouched, snow-covered trail made a chilly night more than worth it.

Here’s a quick trip report and some photos.

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Photos: Hiking Ptarmigan Ridge and Chain Lakes Loop

Earlier this month, I went on an overnight hiking trip in Washington’s North Cascades.

I spent the weekend taking in mountain views and gorging myself on wild blueberries.

It was amazing.

Most of the trip was spent on the Ptarmigan Ridge and Chain Lakes Loop trails. Once the snow has melted in summer, these hikes are super accessible. Both can be accessed from Artist Point, a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

There are many trails in the area, and with a little planning you can make your hike as short or as long as you’d like. Our two-day distance was about 20 miles.

We started by hiking the Chain Lakes Loop before spending the night next to the Ptarmigan Ridge trail, at a site with an incredible view of Mt. Baker and a glacial lake.

Here are a few photos!

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