Sunday, July 26, 2015

Devil's Peak

Devil's Peak is the site of an old firetower, no longer used for its original purpose but kept very much alive by volunteers.  You can't reserve it, but if you hike there and no one else has claimed it yet you can spend the night.  Visitors are asked to "leave it nicer than you found it" and you can see that rule has definitely been followed!  All sorts of luxuries have been shared for others to enjoy while staying there, from basics like nonperishable foods and matches, to frills like artwork, books and games.  There are a couple of old cots and a visitor's journal mentions a resident mouse.  The hike to the top is quite short, if steep.  But the road that gets you there is 9 miles of awful!  So be sure to use a high clearance vehicle if you go.  A short distance from the traihead is Kinzel Lake, where a large population of awesome carnivorous sundew plants can be found thriving on the boggy edges.  


Prince's pine.
Beargrass.
Inside the fire tower.
Inside the fire tower.
Paintbrush.
Penstemon.
Stonecrop.
Scouler's harebell.
Washington lily.
Washington lily.
Alpine buckwheat.
Tiger lily.
Red columbine.
Douglas' spiraea.
Marsh cinquefoil.
Huckleberry.
Roundleaf sundew.
King's scepter gentian.
Great burnet.
King's scepter gentian.
Roundleaf sundew buds.
Roundleaf sundew.
Roundleaf sundew.
Roundleaf sundew.
Great burnet.
Fringed grass of Parnassus.
Longhorn flower beetle visiting a tall white bog orchid.
Marsh cinquefoil.
Fringed grass of Parnassus.
Tall white bog orchid.
Tall white bog orchid.
Pussytoes.
Wild strawberry.

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