McCue Ridge – Larch Lake Trail Report
July 31st, 2016 in Trips, Trails, & Tours
My good friends Rick and Ann come annually to Scottish Lakes during our hiking season at least twice…once for wildflowers and once for larch trees. Ann’s trail report for their visit during the last week in July this year is so beautifully written I had to share it!
We had such a good time this visit! It was wonderful to be at Paintbrush. We got to sleep out all 3 nights, sometimes enjoying the stars, especially the Milky Way. The mosquitoes were barely present at the cabin – there were some along Ridgetop so we put on a little Jungle Juice.
So I don’t know how many times we have visited this area the last week of July since the cabins used to open at the end of summer. But let me say that the land is pristine and lush right now with flowers and fresh green everywhere. As we got to the top of Ridgetop and the flatter area, the lupines, paintbrush and sitka valeria were a carpeted meadow. I had never seen such a flower display up there for a good block before the Alpine Lakes sign. Even the top of McCue Ridge is covered in flowers….adding some buckwheat flowers in the drier areas.
The trail down to Chiwaukum is also lush and has some blue monkshood which we don’t see often. The cow parsnip is up and blooming too.
Ewing Basin is lovely with the rushing creek, particularly loud and vigorous. All the rushing water from Cup Lake and Larch is loud and beautiful. We could still step across the creeks. Larch Lake has some wildflowers too….the plants are fresh and at their prime. Photographers should go soon with this sunshine. All the trees in the Larch Lake area look very healthy.
The hike to Larch is 12 miles, I guess….takes this 72 year old 11 hours to do it. Getting to feel like a bit of a push. We had a nice 1 1/2 hrs at the lake.