Mount Adams | Washington State

April 03, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Takhlakh Lake SunsetTakhlakh Lake SunsetA lenticular cloud forms over Mt. Adams at sunset. Takhlakh Lake, Washington.

Mt. Adams from Takhlakh Lake | Washington

We spent just a few very rainy and cold days here at Takhlakh Lake, but they were so rewarding.  This tiny, almost circular lake is so beautiful and pristine and completely encircled by stately pines.  Heavy rain was falling when we arrived and we were soaked by the time we had set up camp. But it was so wonderfully quiet, it had already been raining for several days with more rain in the forecast.  Any campers that had been in the area were long gone.  We had the place to ourselves.

That evening near sunset, I made my way down to the lake.  Although the rain had tapered off slightly, the heavy clouds covered the mountain completely, not a stitch of Mt. Adams could be seen.  I decided to wait it out.  I had the feeling something was about to shift.  As the rain slowly came to an end, the mosquitoes came out in force.  There were great clouds of them everywhere. 

But slowly, the heavy rain clouds began to move out, and in a very short period of time this amazing lenticular cloud formed atop the mountain, and just in time for the very last rays of sunlight to kiss the cloud pink.  The moment I'd come for, and so worth the wait.

Not long after sundown, the rain returned and continued for a few more days until our departure.

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Washington.

A Hole in the Sky | Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument | Washington

On one of our rainy afternoons we drove over to Mt. St. Helens, a volcanic neighbor of Mt Adams.  The stormy weather obscured most of the volcano, but it was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the eruption here.  And to top it off, we were treated to this amazing moment on the way back to camp.

Bird Creek MeadowsBird Creek MeadowsMt. Adams. Washington.

Bird Creek Meadows | Mount Adams Wilderness | Washington

No visit to Mount Adams would be complete without a hike through Bird Creek Meadows when the wildflowers are in bloom, so after our stay at Takhlakh Lake, we made our way to Bird Lake for a short stay that allowed us to explore another side of the mountain and enjoy hiking Bird Creek Meadow.

Next up...Paradise...yep, on to Mount Rainier...

 

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