A fun group of 12 OV members found solitude along with wild flowers and mountain views on a little-used trail in the Teanaway.
We chose the right area to hike last Saturday, since a band of clouds persistently sat both sides of the Cascade crest all day, producing showers on many popular trails. We drove past overflowing trailhead parking lots along I-90 and found mostly blue skies and perfect temps further east, and hiked a trail where we saw no one else until coming back down, and then only 4 people! Not many trails like that now. It also was not the most spectacular of hikes, but once we got up on the ridge and at our lunch stop at the pass, there were nice views of Mt Stuart and the Enchantments along with the top of Mt Rainier to the south. Along the way we were treated to many wildflowers, including lots of columbine, indian paintbrush, and lupine as well as a few scarlet gilia and penstemon, with a lone Tweedy's lewisia near the pass. Afterwards, we had the trailhead area to ourselves for some snacks and cold drinks , then a return to the city without the heavy traffic of Sunday afternoon, back through the gloom near the pass even though sunny finally back in Seattle.