After aborting our Twisp Pass hike due to rain, we drove to Sun Mountain Lodge in the afternoon to get some dry, lowland hiking in.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Bobbie Laue and Sonja Janysek.
- Green Sun Mountain No. 83S
- Day Hiking: North Cascades, by Craig Romano, Patterson Mountain
- Washington Trails Association, Sun Mountain Trails
Save this one for April or May when this normally drab peak is streaked in enough purple and gold to make a University of Washington Husky jump for joy. Patterned in lupine and larkspur, buckwheat and balsamroot, Patterson is packed with showy blossoms in the spring. But there’s more to meet your eyes than the fabulous flower show. Views far and near await you as well, from the sparkling waters of Patterson Lake to the glistening glaciers of the Sawtooth Ridge.
From Winthrop follow the signs to the Sun Mountain Lodge. Trailhead GPS coordinates (48.477644,-120.256619)
10.72 miles, 954 ft. gain, 4 hrs 30 min.