This view of Mount Adams is from the Helispot, a pullout for the Heart Lake Trail in the Bird creek Meadows area. If you make a journey up this way, the flowers are just getting started really, with only a few in the upper meadows and plenty in the Hellroaring Meadows along the Heart Lake Trail. Mosquitos are plentiful in the meadows also, so be prepared.
Entry fee to this area of the Yakama Nation lands is $5.00 per vehicle, good for 5 days... and if you ask the Rangers they have new maps of the area with all the trails. Also, if you camp, there are campgrounds at Bench, Mirror and Bird Lakes with a $10 fee that includes 12 pieces of firewood. The only backcountry camping allowed on the Reservation is at Sunrise Camp on Mount Adams, and off trail camping not allowed here in Tract D. However you can hike the 9 trail across the boundary and camp on forest service lands.
I told you I was going to hike trails the last couple day, but somehow since losing Rio I had no enthusiasm and other than helping the Ranger with some woodcutting I mostly rested a lot. I suspect it was much needed after my hectic couple weeks!
I will be at Saturday market at the Grange in Trout Lake on Saturday from 9 to 3, so if you are in the area stop on by!