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. There was even time to stop in at the famous Stehekin Pastry Company for some delicious snacks. Several of his images featured in the article, but we’ve saved a bunch of the best here.

A new friend, who passed only 15 feet from Porter. After snapping a couple choice shots both parties went safely on their way.


A deer at Cascade Pass; more examples of the gorgeous wildlife.


Some of the many wildflowers on the trail.


The sign at the entrance to the Black Warrior Mine; operated in the mid-1950s, the sign giving a brief history of the mine, the names of the prospectors and mis-led investors who poured their mostly futile efforts into this hole.


The more dilapidated inside….


…is nothing compared to the view of the outside.


The amazing Horseshoe Basin Panorama.




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