Northern Tier 2010

July 10, 2010

First Significant Climbs

Filed under: Geology, Section 01, Washington — Henry Scott @ 9:00 pm

Greg and I took another hike this morning, and he then got back on the road to Seattle. Although it was definitely worth it, this got me on the bike a little later than ideal considering that it was going to be a hot sunny day, and I had my first two significant passes ahead of me.

The climb started gently and provided some great views of Diablo Lake, and excellent exposures of the Skagit gneiss.

Before long, however, there was dramatic change in the geology, and rather than dramatic exposures of the igneous and metamorphic rocks of the eastern part of the park, thick deposits of glacial till became much more common.

The two passes were challenging, but really not that bad. My average speed dropped quite a bit, but I decided to ride conservatively and save my legs for tomorrow — yet more climbing is in store.

Despite having plenty of daylight left, I decided to make camp along the shores of the Methow River, just a few miles east of Mazama. That made for a little over 50 miles for today and about 150 overall. My plan is to keep going kinda slowly to enjoy the scenery at least until I reach Glacier NP.



  1. Hi Henry,

    Beautiful mountains! Thanks for making it possible to follow you along in this way,


    Comment by monika — July 11, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

  2. Hi Henry,

    I was part of the cycling group you met at Newhalem. It will be fun to watch you progress across Washington & beyond. Best of luck & stay safe on the road.

    Comment by Bob Sanders — July 12, 2010 @ 3:49 am

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