View back down to Rummel Lake from a high point on The Tower SW ridge in mid-August.
(Kona’s “grandad” was last here Oct 8, 1988 looking for a scramble route to The Tower summit, but encountered a 10 m overhang that required a 600m+ elevation loss / regain, so obviously not the recommended route unless equipped for a short rappel. Was no previous register, so left a new register container with an airline bottle of Kaluha for the next visitor. Before month’s end Rick Collier called to say thanks!)
Smoky view to west of Mt. Shark and Spray Lakes Reservoir.
Summit of The Tower deceptively just an easy scramble away, except for a hidden 10 m overhang.
Mt. Smuts and The Fist across the valley. Tent Ridge high point at right.
Butterfly on Moss Campion.
Fireweed alongside the descent scree slope, Commonwealth Ridge, Commonwealth Peak, Pig’s Tail and Mt. Birdwood behind.
Lots of pollinators out today.
Roseroot (maybe) on scree slopes.
Silky Scorpionweed on scree slopes.
Silky Scorpionweed (purple), Umbrella Plant / Wild Buckwheat (white / pink), and Alpine Forget-Me-Not (blue) on scree slopes.
Some type of Saxifrage (Spotted maybe) on scree slopes.
Common Stonecrop on scree slopes.
Mountain Meadow Cinquefoil (maybe) on scree slopes.
Alpine Forget-Me-Not and Long-stalked Starwort on scree slopes.
Long-stalked Starwort (maybe) on scree slopes
Fringed Grass of Parnassus on trail to Rummel Lake.
Pearly Everlasting on trail to Rummel Lake.
Common Yarrow on trail to Rummel Lake.
Nodding Campion / Apetalous Catchfly in seed on scree slopes.
Woolly Fleabane (maybe) on scree slopes.