Eric and Katie
October 9, 2016
It was supposed to rain 3 inches in the mountains Saturday, but be dry Sunday, so we drove up Saturday afternoon through the north cascasdes, past the towns of Winthrop and Twisp and car camped at the scatter creek trailhead. Sunday morning we hiked a few hours up the trail and emerged at Scatter Lake, surrounded by beautiful yellow larches in full fall color. There was a little bit of fresh snow on the ground from the previous day but it was quickly melting. We easily hiked up the scree slopes from the lake to the summit of Abernathy by noon. There were already deep snow drifts up there that will probably last until next spring.
The views into the cascades were amazing. A few inches of snow covered the high peaks, then colorful larches spanned the mid slopes, and green trees down below. The cold wind forced us down, and we reached the car a few hours later.