A NATURAL HISTORY WRITER. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Damian Fagan is a freelance natural history writer and nature photographer who focuses on the flora and fauna of the American Southwest and the Pacific Northwest. Of course, this gives him a good excuse to go hiking...
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
North Pyramid Trail
Hiking the North Pyramid Trail from the Parish Lake Road is a great way to gain the high peaks and views of the surrounding mountains. The forest of Douglas and noble fir, western hemlock and Alaskan yellow cedar provides a lot of shade on the uphill. Though the views are few along the trail, Scar Mountain stands out in particular. Once the saddle between North and Middle Pyramid is reached, the views begin to open up of Jefferson, Washington, Three-Fingered Jack. A short trail leads up to the summit of Middle Pyramid and then the views are incredible - from Mt. Adams southward. Unfortunately, haze and scattered clouds blocked the view to the far south, but Iron Mountain, Cone Peak and the Three Sisters were clearly visible.
Although the wildflowers were subtle, there were great patches of bunchberry, windflower, penstemon and buckwheat along the trail.
Scar Mountain from the North Pyramid trail
Summit of Middle Pyramid looking south towards South Pyramid