McAlester Lake, North Cascades National Park
One of our goals this summer has been to camp in each of the National Parks in our area—we are so lucky to have three under three hours away: North Cascades, Mount Rainier, and Olympic. Since we went to Olympic recently we headed up to the North Cascades this past weekend, drove awhile along the beautiful North Cascades Highway, which was one of the prettiest drives we’ve done, and parked at the Bridge Creek trail head to start our journey.
^Diablo Lake, along the North Cascades highway^
^we hiked part of the Pacific Crest Trail for the first time (definitely though of the book Wild)^
^the wildflowers were as tall as me in some spots!^
^another pretty view of Diablo Lake from our drive along the North Cascades Highway^
We went to North Cascades National Park last year and did a beautiful day hike, and we’ve done several other hikes in the area this summer, but this was our first overnight stay. It’s nice to have the freedom to do a trail that’s a little longer when you don’t have the time constraints of a day hike. We hiked 20 miles on Friday and Saturday. That may not seem like too much to you more experienced backpackers but it was a lot for me!! I count it my exercise for the whole week 😉