Friday, September 24, 2010

Hike to Coon Lake, Stehekin

On our second day at Stehekin North Cascades National Park, hubby and I took the hike to Coon Lake. There is one road in Stehekin and they have a shuttle that makes a few stops along the way to High Bridge. At High Bridge what I call serious hikers can get on or off the Pacific Crest Trail.
The PCT zigzags from Mexico all the way to Canada. We were on the shuttle with some of these serious hikers.  One 62 year old women was starting off again after her hubby came up on the boat bringing her more supplies. I was amazed she was doing this hike on her own. The Stehekin Landing hotel is a place for some of these hikers to take a break from the trail and hiking. We started off taking the shuttle from our hotel which would take us the eleven miles to the trailhead at High Bridge. High Bridge was a beautiful area. The Stehekin River was a pretty scene and we saw trout spawning. I took some shots while standing on the bridge looking down at the water.

Trout in the river


















In this photo below you cna see all the fish swimming along the rivers edge


















Stehekin River at High Bridge


















Hairy Woodpecker on the trail to Coon Lake

















This cute squirrel dropped in to visit with us


















View of scenery from the trail



















Chipmunk critter on the trail

















View of Coon Lake,  a very pretty place to end our hike. Supposedly a very birdie area.
Birds I saw were an unidentified hawk and tons of nuthatches.



















More view of the mountains from the trail



































We finished the 1.3 hike to Coon Lake and met the shuttle to take us back to our hotel.
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22 comments:

Lisa Wilson said...

Beautiful! That's a great way to spend the day.

Glennis said...

Wonderful hike, you saw so much of interest, like the woodpecker, chipmunk and fish wow.

rainfield61 said...

It is certainly great to spend some good time at this heavenly place.

Rimkogeren said...

Thanks for your comment - It's beautiful. Here I'd like to stand and fish.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Bellissimi posti per fare escursioni e meditare !
Buona giornata... le trote sono buonissime cucinate !!!!
:))

diane said...

It looks great hiking country. Yo must be fit and so too the 62 year old. What a challenge. Was she going all the way to Canada.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Wow, what a hike! beautiful photos.

Anita said...

WOW WOW WOW
amazing!!!!


Thanx alot for these great shots!!

Beautiful!!!

Greyscale Territory said...

Lovely scenery along your hiking journey! Fascinating series of shots!

cat said...

So many gorgeous shots and two really cute critters.

Carolyn Ford said...

wow, gorgeous scenes, Eileen! What a beautiful part of our country to explore!

anjoe playhouse said...

Having such a national park must be worth its weight in gold ;-)
Great photos and text!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

These are wonderful shots. Beautiful scenery and the animals and birds are fabulous. So clear. And they're very cute. Enjoy your day.
Cheers,
Melbourne Daily Photo

NatureFootstep said...

so much to see in your post. The chipmunk is so cute and the scenery so great. :)

squirrel said...

you must be having a blast exploring. I love that chipmunk. I have tons of squirrels and then tend to keep the chipmunks away. Nice views.

Boom Nisanart said...

Wonderful scenery you have here !

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wncmountainliving said...

What a fabulous place - so much to take pics of - great scenery shots and critters.

nprimopiano said...

you always post the greatest pictures!!!!
love the squirrel :-)

Eden said...

Beautiful place. The water is crystal clear and great shots of the squirrel. Love all your photos, Eileen. Thank you for sharing.

Marci said...

Great landscapes. Also love the chipmunk!

Marci said...

Beautiful landscapes. Also love the squirrel and chipmunk!

eden said...

Lovely photos, Eileen! I love the place. It is so beautiful. The chipmunk is so cute.