I spent this past weekend camping in the best of all places: the North Cascades. While I camped on the shores of lovely Diablo Lake (a medium-sized glacial lake surrounded by high, snow-capped peaks just east of the Cascade Crest), my bike stayed locked in my car until Sunday when I had a chance to bring it to the high country for a ride.
This was the warmest and clearest weather we’ve enjoyed all year, with the temperature reaching into the 90s Fahrenheit, although during the course of this ride I got hit with several blasts of 45 degree air. It would happen whenever I’d go through the shade of a grove of trees, or by a waterfall, and it was a relief every time.
My pocket-sized camera died about a month ago on a rock climbing trip, and I haven’t replaced it yet (hence the lack of trip reports). For this ride, I took my SLR camera, which was a bit unnerving (it will hurt a lot if I crash). But it turned out well, and this was a fantastic ride.
The reason to do a ride like this, of course, is for the scenery. And it’s best in the late spring, when snow abounds, ideally right after the North Cascades Highway opens.
Sadly I haven’t had time to look at the GPS data, so I have no map to share for this ride. If you go, there are abundant pull-outs and trailheads offering plenty of choice for where to begin and end your ride. You really can’t go wrong here.