Skyscraper Mountain

Sunrise at Sunrise
The cloud was like a fancy cap
She looks beautiful in black & white
Frozen Lake
Trail to Skyscraper
At Sunrise
Skyscraper Mountain
American Pipit
Marmots everywhere
Her “come hither” pose
Wonderland Trail
American Kestrel
Wonderland Trail
This is what awaited me at the top. I thought I’d have a good half hour to myself, but these flying things covered (and I DO mean covered) the boulders at the summit.

Sigh

There were hundreds ! No lunch for me up there today.
View coming down from Skyscraper
Wasssup?
Love for My Mountain
Her Majesty

This was my last hike before my hike-a-thon. I made two grave errors, and now I have a list before I walk out the door and one before I lock the car and head up the mountain. Yes, Kelly, you were right.

I forgot my GPS, and although it wasn’t crucial at such a busy place, it needs to be a habit. And here’s the worst one: it wasn’t until I was on the Wonderland Trail that I realized I had forgotten my water ! Stupid mistake and not one I’m likely to make again. I took it out of my pack so I could strap down my poles and it spent the morning on my back seat.

Sigh. The lists are a good idea anyway. It was a beautiful early morning at the park. Saw just a handful of people my first three hours and lots of folks after that. Happy Friday ! Stay tuned for my hike-a-thon updates. I only wish the fires would die down and the haze would clear. Prayers for everyone affected. Onward … 💙

6 Comments on “Skyscraper Mountain

  1. I’m enjoying family, and missing hiking. We did take a hike in Cherokee National Forest (maybe part of the Appalachian Trail?). Lovely, but not the same as my mountains!

    • Your mountains this morning are swallowed up by fog and haze, but I share a deep respect and understanding of their allure. There’s no place like home 💚

  2. All fantastic pics but the frozen lake is stunning!

    • Thanks, Jocelyn ! It is an ever-changing little spot at Sunrise. Wish I could get behind it to get 5he mountain reflection, but that’s clearly a no-no. I’ll enjoy the frozen edges instead.

  3. Thanks ! Yep, a pretty WOW day, but they really all are. The marmots were everywhere today. A few posing, a few eating and I saw a couple really quick little ones too. No bad days at the mountain ! My hike-a-thon is a fundraiser for Washington Trails Association. I set some goals and then hike my heart out ! Win-Win ! Over $700 raised so far ! I’m excited !

  4. So many WOW moments! A friend was backpacking and posted a photo of all the backpackers’ cars wrapped in tarps to keep the marmots from sneaking in and munching on the wires… They look like beavers to me. Though I’ve never seen either one. Curious what a hike-a-thon is! I’ll stay tuned.

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