|tiptoeing through the tulips|
|view of Clearwater Lake|
Back at the trailhead we loaded into the car and returned from whence we came to I-5 and South, taking in the views at various lookout points. We drove out to the SW corner of the park and found a great mossy campsite nestled among ferns and firs.
|trees that look like a Magic Eye illusion|
|Yale Lake (North)|
|Yale Lake (South)|
The next morning we hit Ape Canyon Trail up towards the famed Plains of Abraham, a very popular area among mountain bikers 'round these parts. The trail was a steady climb that offered views of Muddy River (altered by lahars in the 1980 eruption), forest, wildflowers, and views of Mt St Helens and Mt Adams.
|Ape Canyon below, Mt Adams afar|
|exposed section of trail just below the Plains|
We called it quits at about this point and enjoyed another speedy descent back to the car. We camped another night in the shadow of the volcano and rested our sore bits before heading home the following morning.