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Mount Washington: Owl Hike Spot, WA

The hike to Owl Hike Spot is heavily traveled by rock climbers and does not provide great view until you've reached the destination. The trail is about 2 miles long each way with a total elevation gain of 1600 feet. The final elevation above sea level is about 2800 feet.

(May 26, 2003)

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This is the view from the parking lot were we started. The mountain in the background is Mt. Baker. This is it, Owl Hike Spot, a little rest stop on the way to the top of Mount Washington. This picture was taken from the Owl Hike Spot looking east. In the background the Rattlesnake Ridge can be seen. Left of center in the picture Cedar Butte can be seen.
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Another picture from the Owl Hike Spot. This flower caught my eye because of the large leaves as compared to the single flower at the end of the plants stem. I believe it is a Western Trillium (Trillium ovatum) which is a type of Lily. From what I have read in, Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast (Lone Pine Publishing) the flowers turn pink to purple with age.
This flower has seeds with an oil-rich appendage that attracts ants. The ants bring the seeds back to their nests and then dump them on their rubbish piles. Supposedly ants disperse up to 30% of the spring-flowering herbaceous seeds this way.

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The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Sony DCR-PC100 1-mega pixel camera. Email me if you would like a higher resolution version of any of these pictures.