Posts Tagged: Headlee Pass

June 9, 2011 – Headlee Pass

Headlee Pass

Thursday, June 9, 2011

So in the past, I’d go through literally every picture that came off my camera. I’d look at every single one, throw away the real duds, and then go through again and do a little bit of post-processing on all of them that were even a little tiny bit good. Then I’d throw them into a big pile (the Rate Dave’s Photos thing), which I then go through to grab pics to post here. But over the last few years I’ve gotten amazingly far behind. In fact, I’m only halfway through the last day that I’ve gotten to, and it was so long ago that I was still using my old camera and my crappy Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. Thus, I’ve had a huge influx of images of marginal quality that I have to wade through when picking out a picture each day. Some of them are more marginal than others, but this is one of them.

This was taken near Headlee Pass, which is on the Sunrise Mine Trail, off the Mountain Loop Highway about halfway between Stevens and Snoqualmie passes in Washington state. It’s a great hike, blah blah blah, I’ve said all this before. Lake Elan was behind me when I took this picture, if that helps you get your bearings. I mean, it won’t, but it sounds good, and I felt like I needed a little bit more text to round out this post. See? It got me a couple extra sentences, not bad.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/50s, f/11.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 92mm.

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February 17, 2011 – Lake Elan Basin

Lake Elan Basin

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hey everyone. This is what the Lake Elan Basin looks like. It’s in the north-central Cascades in Washington State, near the Mountain Loop Highway. (which heads east from Granite Falls, then north to Darrington.) The spot where I was standing is right near Headlee Pass, along the Sunrise Mine Trail. A nice trail, well worth the effort, but keep in mind that it’s covered in snow until fairly late in the season. (This was taken in September, and most of the lake itself was still frozen over.) But, that’s always the problem with the high country, so whatever.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/125s, f/9.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 28mm.

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September 21, 2010 – Vesper Peak and Lake Elan Basin

Vesper Peak and Lake Elan Basin

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I’m still making progress on all of the pictures I took two summers ago. I know, impressive, right? At this rate you’ll see the pictures I took this weekend sometime in the 2020s. I actually posted another picture from this same hike way back in the day. It was the third picture I ever posted, in fact. (Well, I also posted one last week, but whatever.) The takeaway from that is that I often go through and grab images here and there from past hikes and such, but it takes awhile for me to actually take the time to properly parse through the whole set. I’m still only about halfway through the pics from this hike, but I’ve found several decent ones, that I’m sure you’ll be seeing here sometime or another.

You’re looking at Vesper Peak. The spot where I was standing is accessible via the Sunrise Mine Trail, which is sort of near Monte Cristo on the southern side of the Mountain Loop Highway in Washington State. You hike up into a big huge basin, then up and over one of the ridgelines, crossing at a place called Headlee Pass. Then you hike along a ridge over to this spot. The water you see there is drainage from a lake which I’ve seen called Headlee Lake (named after the pass), Vesper Lake (named after the Peak), and my preferred name, Lake Elan (named after the ski company. Duh.) It’s looking like we may actually get 12 hours or so of nice weather this weekend (fingers crossed!) so I’m actually considering coming back and doing this hike again. When I was there, I just stopped at the lake, but this time I want to hike up Vesper a bit, because I think there could be some nice views. But I’d need to get an early start, which may not be possible, we’ll see.

How about you? Any awesome plans this weekend? Hmm, small talk seems a bit awkward in this context. Forget I said anything…

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/125s, f/10.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 28mm.

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May 20, 2009 – Headlee Pass

Lake Elan drainage, near Headlee Pass

May 20, 2009.

This is actually a brand new picture, never been seen before. I decided to use a picture from one of the late summer hikes I did last year when Julie was at home being pregnant, but I was running a bit late to work today, so I just grabbed the first one I saw that looked decent. I hope I don’t regret using it later.

This is from the Sunrise Mine Trail. The trailhead is along the Mountain Loop, down sort of near-ish to Verlot. Actually, it’s right near Big Four mountain, for those of you who know where that is. It’s a really nice trail, it climbs about 2400 feet in a little more than 3 miles, and gets you right up among some huge rocky peaks. The second half of the trail climbs right up the wall of a huge rocky basin, with fantastic views the whole way. It was a bit dicey at the bottom of the basin, because the trail disappeared under a snowfield for awhile, so it was a bit challenging to find where it popped out on the other side. It tops out at Headlee Pass, then drops down and leads to a little pond called Lake Elan (I just looked that up), which was still almost entirely snow-covered, even in late August.

This picture is taken just below Lake Elan, looking the other way, back toward the pass. I was hoping to get some pictures of the lake in the sunshine, but there was a very persistent cloud hugging the top of a nearby peak (Vesper, I think), which left the lake in the shade the whole time I was there.

Map: http://tinyurl.com/qs9rm8

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/30s, f/16.0, ISO 400. Focal length, 28mm.

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