In mid August 2020, I finally was able to get a full weekend of nice weather in the incredible North Cascades after an unusually cold and wet summer which significantly delayed the wildflower blooms. I returned for the third time to this incredible trail, one of my favorites anywhere in the world, and finally hiked all the way to the top. Technically it is possible to go another mile and 1,000 feet up, but technical equipment is required for a glacier crossing. This trail will always have a special place in my heart -- it was the first one I ever hiked in North Cascades and has some of the most incredible scenery anywhere in the US. It turned out to be an incredibly clear day -- I could see all the way south to Mt Rainier, with literally hundreds of small peaks between. There were a number of marmots along the way up and mountain goats at the top.