How bad is this appraoch?
It looks nice, but for something that's not that traveled, it's gotta be rough, like a Glacier Peak approach or something.
Not quite sure what your question is. Are you wondering if the route I'm on is a good approach to Bonanza? If so, it's really not too bad to come in over Spider Gap then down to the mountain. It is farther to hike than coming up from Holden, but may not take any more time because of the shuttle bus and boat scheduling issues with the Holden route. The route I'm on is not at all difficult actually, as many backpackers get a taste of cross-country travel on this loop. If you're not familiar, the loop to which I refer is the one from Phelps Creek to Buck Creek, going over Spider Gap, Cloudy Pass, Suiattle Pass, Middle Ridge, and Buck Creek Pass. I did that trip in 2000, spending a day on Miner's Ridge. Great trip!
When I saw this one today, Wow was the word that immediately came out. WOW. Calendar quality.
Thanks again Dean! The WOW part is caused by the mountain scenery itself. You'll just have to join my friends and me for some trips up into that country. Of course next summer's main focus for me (in the NCs) is Buckner and Bonanza, if those might be of interest to you. And I'm hoping to do Olympus as well. But as great as the Olympics are, they don't hold a candle to the North Cascades. :-)
True that the WoW part is caused by the scenery but the guy behind the camera has to capture it like you do. There are a lot of pics of great scenery that doesn't do justice but, you sir, are consistant in your quality.
Email me the dates you're planning on those trips when you get a chance.
This is the type of photo that makes people get in their cars and drive to the mountains. Absolutely beautiful!
Thanks very much! Happily there are no roads within view of Bonanza, due to its location deep inside Glacier Peak Wilderness. Bonanza is my top priority peak for 2004.
Really brings back memories for me. Had hiked to Spider Gap from Trinity in Sept 1987. Gee, still remember it like yesterday - how many actual (hiking) miles is it to the base of Bonanza? Awesome country!
We approached Bonanza from Holden Village, camping at Holden Lake. I've never checked mileage from the Phelps Creek TH over to Bonanza, but that would probably be the shortest route to the mountain other than Holden Village. -Bob
Awesome photos Bob!
Thanks Joel. But as you well know, I didn't make the beauty.