Articles by: Andy Porter

North Fork Meadows North Cascades National Park

North Fork Meadows North Cascades National Park

North Fork Meadows in North Cascades National Park is a magical place. Situated in a cirque carpeted with brilliant sedge swards and wildflowers, surrounded by jagged pinnacles soaring above the valley, it is a place you will never forget.

by December 14, 2012 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
Horseshoe Basin Photos by Andy Porter

Horseshoe Basin Photos by Andy Porter

Andy Porter wrote in early October about his experiences hiking through Horseshoe Basin. He encountered creeks, wildflowers, abandoned mines, and even a new black bear friend.[Read More…]

by October 12, 2012 0 comments Community, Earth
Horseshoe Basin, North Cascades National Park

Horseshoe Basin, North Cascades National Park

The basin was aglow in the afternoon light, orange granite spires surrounding the lip like fangs, too-numerous-to-count waterfalls glistening, their sparkling waters plunging down into the valley. There were wildflowers popping out everywhere, yellows and purples, reds and blues, all accenting the deep green of the basin floor.

by October 4, 2012 0 comments Fireside, Trails
A Devilish Night on Devils Dome

A Devilish Night on Devils Dome

I immediately woke my two companions and let them know that they needed to get up, get dressed, get out of the tent and give me a hand. At first they were both saying, “why don’t you just put on the rain fly and get back in, go back to sleep…” and I replied that if they stayed in the tent that they would miss the lightning show. That provided sufficient motivation and they were soon out of the tent, looking at the skies.

by August 6, 2012 0 comments Fireside, Trails
Cathedral Peak and Amphitheater Mountain Photos

Cathedral Peak and Amphitheater Mountain Photos

Need some ideas for your summer explores? Andy Porter told us about this lovely place recently, but just in case that wasn’t enough, here are some more of his gorgeous photos of the Pasayten Wilderness. With names like Cathedral Peak and Amphitheater Mountain, how can you go wrong?

by June 22, 2012 0 comments Community, Trails
Cathedral Peak and Amphitheater Mountain, Pasayten Wilderness

Cathedral Peak and Amphitheater Mountain, Pasayten Wilderness

We just stopped there in awe, I was running all over like a 6 year old, taking pictures and exclaiming loudly how awesome a place it was. After running out of cool shit to say and taking maybe 200 pictures we saddled up to tackle the final two miles or so Cathedral Pass. The closer you get to Cathedral Peak the more you stop and stare. The southeast face of the peak is remarkably steep and actually looks out of place. The eastern Pasayten is better known for its rounded peaks than its jagged summits. This entire area looked more like it belonged in the Southwest than the Northwest!

by June 6, 2012 0 comments Trails
Entiat Mountains, Glacier Peak Wilderness

Entiat Mountains, Glacier Peak Wilderness

The Entiat Mountains, on the eastern side of the wilderness, generally have warmer weather and earlier snow melt than western slopes. Often these trails are open by mid-July. In 2011 the snow stayed on the trail deep into the summer on most west facing trails so having east-side routes on your radar is always a good thing!

by May 23, 2012 0 comments Trails
Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range, Wyoming

Cirque of the Towers, Wind River Range, Wyoming

The Winds offer a wide range of treks, long and short, on trail and off. I decided to head straight for Cirque of the Towers. The guide made it clear that the Cirque was the premiere destination for rock climbers in the Rockies and that it would be full of people, but the images I had seen captivated me. I figured it was probably busy for a reason!

by March 27, 2012 0 comments Fireside, Trails