I’ve done this hike twice, and the two trips were like night and day. This was early July of 2020.
I think I’ve learned a few things in pulling these photos together — mostly of the “take more better photos” variety. I finally got around to purchasing a copy of Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, but I just don’t have enough photos of some of these flowers to have any confidence in my flower identifying. There’s also a significant number of shots I took from parts of this hike where the views were truly wonderful, but included people. I appreciate the additional excuse to do this hike again though!
I made a trip up to Bearhead Mountain with a few friends in early July of 2019. This was a cloudy, damp day, so we didn’t get any views of Rainier, but I really go in for those trips where everything is covered in dew drops and hints of mountains appear and disappear as clouds move through, so this was an A++ hike in my book. We mostly had the trail to ourselves, too — except for an older man we saw coming down, who claimed the trail was blocked up ahead. We saw no sign of the fallen tree he was talking about, and suspected he may have just been trying to keep the crowds away. I can sympathize; this trail was wonderfully almost-over-grown, with no trash and no crowds, a wonderful respite to some of the other trails in the area.
Looking back at the photos I have from this trip, there’s a lot missing. I’ve since gotten a better camera, too, but I can’t say that my photography skills have actually improved.