Pretty much everything I brought. I didn’t use the emergency bivy bag or the poncho-tarp, they were basically for backup in the event of rain. All of this fit with plenty of room to spare into my 30L MEC Alpinelite pack, which weighed in at 17.3 pounds with all my food (~2.3 pounds) and about 1.6L of water.
The last 10 miles of road is unpaved and full of large potholes. The crux, though, was this crossing of Scatter Creek.
Tucquala Lake, viewed from the road on the drive in.
Cathedral Rock as seen from Hyas Lake.
Hyas Lake. The camping at the lake looks nice, with big flat tent sites and nice fire circles, but most of the sites didn't have great views or great lake access.
Looking back at Cathedral Rock and Hyas Lake from an open rock outcrop, just before reaching Tuck Lake.
The first good view of Mt. Daniel, from the same spot.
The dark cleft on the side of Mt. Daniel looks fascinating. I wonder what's in there? A beautiful hanging lake sits just on the other side of the ridge above the cleft.
Tuck's pot and Mt. Daniel.
First views of the Robin Lakes.
Mountain goats. These ones didn't seem quite as aggressive as the ones in the Enchantments can be.
By afternoon it was hot in the sun, and there wasn't much shade available above treeline, so I couldn't really blame these guys for just sitting around in the snow.
Looking towards the north (main) summit of Granite Mountain over the upper Robin Lake.
A beautiful little unnamed tarn, with Trico Mountain in the background. Trico gets its name from the fact it sits at the place King, Chelan, and Kittitas counties meet. There is good camping here.
The lower two granite mountain potholes.
The summit of Trico.
A good use trail leads to the summit of Trico.
Looking along the ridge towards Granite Mountain (both the north and south summits are visible) from the summit of Trico Mountain.
Mt. Daniel and Mt. Hinman.
Mac Peak from the summit of Trico Mountain.
On the north peak of Granite Mountain.
Another small tarn, this one located in the small saddle between the north and south summits of Granite.
A short cliff with a small waterfall provide shade and water for a beautiful little garden of ferns and moss.
Underwater bubbles clinging to submerged moss.
Surface tension in action.
The north peak of Granite looks much more impressive from this angle.
The summit register on the south peak had just been replaced, unfortunately --- getting to read all the old entries can be a lot of fun. (The north peak is the main summit, but it is probably too popular to warrant a register).
On the south summit.
How could I pass up camping in this area, given such a nice natural recliner and beautiful view? A sandy flat spot not far away offered a good bivy site, and a nearby snowfield provided a small stream.
My new stove setup (a Ti-Tri ULC from Trail Designs fitted to a 700mL titanium mug), with an esbit tab ready to go.
Clouds creeping in from the coast besiege Baring Mountain.
This mountain goat wandered by while I was cooking my dinner.
Holding up my water bladder to fill my cup. I used my Sawyer 0.1 micron inline filter. It's a great piece of gear: lighter, faster, and easier to use than a standard pump filter, and perfect for solo travel.
A beautiful sunset.
Glacier Peak sunrise from my bivy site.
I woke up around 6am, in time to see a sunrise just as beautiful as sunset the night before.
My bivy site.
The air was much more clear than the night before, and more low clouds had rolled in. Here Mt. Baker is visible to the north.
The first morning light reaches Mt. Daniel.
Apparently, it got below freezing. Fortunately, I filled my water bladder in the evening before going to sleep. The ample stream flowing from the nearby snowfield had all but disappeared by morning.
Hot cocoa and instant coffee, one of my backcountry standbys.
Looking back towards Granite Mountain and my bivy site from the good use trail on the ridge east of the Robin Lakes. My camp was on the skyline on the long shoulder to the right of the (false) summit of Granite, just left of the last group of trees before the slope steepens down.
Robin Lakes, with Mt. Daniel, Mt. Hinman (just visible behind and right of Mt. Daniel), and Lynch Peak.
The edge of the largest of the Robin Lakes.
Tuck Lake. The unmaintained trail to Robin Lake runs up the ridge on the right side of the picture.
A small island in Tuck Lake.