We arrived at North Cascades in the late morning. North Cascades is one of those National Parks which is a majority of backcountry trails and surrounded by national forests and other protected wildernesses. SR 20 bisects the park, and a majority of the highlights are along that road. Not having the luxury of time nor the equipment, we opted for the shorter, simpler trails while still seeing some good sights.
We started at Diablo Lake which doesn't look very scary:
In the Rainy Pass Area, also not quite in the park but close enough to count, there was a trail that lead to Lake Ann. It said that the trail was 4 miles RT and "easy". Though my body thought it wasn't the best idea, we embarked anyway. Well, it said there was 200 ft of elevation gain. We quickly found it that it was a lie (try somewhere around 600 ft) and more strenuous than advertised. It wasn't too bad but the trail wasn't as clear as it usually is in a national park and I had to constantly watch my feet. And we (I) were/was already a little weary. Thank goodness for adrenaline - that definitely got me through it.
At least there were pretty things to look at on the way:
And the view:
A marmot greeted us trailside - a running gag - we have now seen/"stalked" 3 marmots in 3 different national parks:
The remaining pictures of the park, here.
The whole adventure, here.
Next up: 2 days in Seattle :)