I visited this area and that of the last section a few years ago and at the time I didn’t think I’d ever be back, I don’t no why I thought that because this place has so much to offer. Mountains, lakes, rivers, sub alpine and alpine forest, glaciers and the list goes on and and one. I’ve been back since then and can now see why so many people are drawn to the North Cascades.
This area is also known for mosquitos, lots of them, but they are reported to die off by September. Lucky for us we will be hiking this section in mid September but the trade off is we could get hit with an early winter storm and hike through cold rainy weather. There’s no really way to know what the conditions will be like until we are there and to me that makes the adventure that much more exciting.
From The Guide Book
In this section, you will traverse along a very rugged section of the North Cascades. This hike ranks second only to volume 1’s John Muir Trail section in difficulty. Traversing around Glacier Peak, the hiker breaks down to and then labors up from a number of deep-floored canyons that radiate from that peak. Unfortunately, a nice, contouring trail, such as the one around Mt. Adams, is impossible to route around Glacier Peak Proper, for such a trail would be too snowbound and too avalanche-prone.
Not only does this section have rugged topography, but it sometimes has dangerous fords, cold, threatening weather, and persistent insects. Why then do thousand of backpackers flock to Glacier Peak Wilderness? Well, perhaps it is a real wilderness and not, like so many others, a wilderness in name only. It provides a definite challenge to modern-day people, who are so protected from the elements. This area’s intimidating, snowy terrain, which is contrasted with lovely, fragile wildflower gardens, will draw you back time and time again.