Explorer | 20 pts
Along the first few miles you hear the roaring of the North Fork of the Eniat River to your left. A wonderful mixure of Western Pines and Douglas Firs engulf you as you wander further into the depths of solitude. With a number of creek crossings, (some, rather exciting), you''re never far from some much needed water...not to mention you''re never more than 100 yards from the raging Entiat. The next three hours are invested in spectacular vistas from rock ledges and out croppings as you ascend to Fern lake at 6,900 ft. As you crest the top, the crystal blue water encircled by icey edges and snow captures your heart. You feel completely alone with the bowl of rock and snow stretching to the sky around you and the serine lake. A cool breeze passes as you stretch your eyes over Pugh Ridge, on to Pyramid Mt. and Grouse Pass. From the top of Pugh Ridge (7,100 ft.) you''ve peeked over the mountain lake you''re at now, into the heart of the Cascades. From the peak of Pyramid Mt. (8,000 ft.) you''ve seen even further, over and above both Pugh Ridge, Fern Lake, Cardinal Peak and a myraid of other snow laiden ridges. In the other direction you''ve looked down into the dark blue of Lake Chelan, following the white trails behind the boaters. All of these vistas and many more are at your feet''s beck and call, and all originating at the trail 1437 trail head. The loops that are possible could take as many as five or more multi-day trips to cover and all covering new areas. The best times for these loops are July-September, as are most trails in the Cascades. Maximum elevation gain is about 3,900 feet and there are mosquitos at every level. Except for the ascent to the top of Pyramid Mt., most trails are well covered with shade from the sun. Only a Northwest Forest Pass is needed to expand your taste of this wilderness. As you drink from the whitewaters of the Entiat, whisper hello for me.