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The Glacier Peak Wilderness, created by Congress in the original 1964 wilderness legislation, is located within portions of Chelan, Washington, and Skagit Counties in the North Cascades of Washington State, USA. The area, 572,000 acres (2315 kmĀ²) in size, 35 miles (56 kilometers) long and 20 miles (32 kilometers) wide, is characterized by heavily forested stream courses, steep sided valleys, and dramatic glacier-crowned peaks. Forest vegetation is comprised of true firs, spruce, and hemlock as well as stands of pine on its eastern slopes. Various species of wildlife inhabit the area and include deer, elk, black bear, mountain goat, cougar, marten, and lynx. Smaller animals, such as field mice are common. The high mountain lakes often give good catches of fish during their ice-free months. The primary fishery is cutthroat trout, however, other species do exist. The Congress of the United States is the legislative branch of the federal government of the United States of America. ... The Wilderness Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-577) created the legal definiton of wilderness in the United States, and protected some 9 million acres (37,000 km²) of federal land. ... Chelan County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Snohomish County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Skagit County is a county located in the state of Washington. ... Mount Adams in Washington state The Cascade Range is a mountainous region famous for its chain of tall volcanos called the High Cascades that run north-south along the west coast of North America from British Columbia to the Shasta Cascade area of northern California. ... This article deals with the U.S. state. ... A dense growth of softwoods (a forest) in the Sierra Nevada Range of Northern California A forest is an area with a high density of trees (or, historically, a wooded area set aside for hunting). ... Running Stream The primary meaning of stream is a body of water, confined within a bed and banks and having a detectable current. ... Fljótsdalur in East-Iceland A valley is a landform, which can range from a few square miles (square kilometers) to hundreds or even thousands of square miles (square kilometers) in area. ... Mouth of the glacier Schlatenkees near Innergschlöß, Austria. ... Mount McKinley in Alaska has one of the largest visible base-to-summit elevation differences anywhere A mountain is a landform that extends above the surrounding terrain in a limited area. ... Species About 35; see text. ... Several poisonous plants in the Parsley family, Apiaceae (formerly Umbelliferae) are called hemlock: This is a disambiguation page, a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Species About 115. ... Subfamilies Capreolinae Cervinae Hydropotinae Muntiacinae Defined strictly, a deer is a ruminant mammal belonging to the family Cervidae. ... The word Elk has several possible meanings: In Europe, Elk is the animal known in North America as the Moose (Alces alces). ... Binomial name Ursus americanus The American Black Bear (Ursus americanus), also known as simply the black bear or cinnamon bear, is the most common bear in North America. ... Mountain Goats redirects here. ... A Cougar is: an animal, the Puma a helicopter type, the Eurocopter Cougar, with the civilian counterpart called Eurocopter Super Puma an armored military vehicle, the Cougar Hardened Engineer Vehicle, HEV [1] an older woman looking for companionship from a significantly younger man. ... Species Martes americana Martes flavigula Martes foina Martes gwatkinsii Martes martes Martes melampus Martes pennanti Martes zibellina The Martens constitute the genus Martes within the subfamily Mustelinae, in family Mustelidae. ... Species Lynx lynx Lynx canadensis Lynx pardinus Lynx rufus A Lynx is any of several medium-sized wild cats. ... Field mouse may refer to: in North America, a small vole such as the Meadow Vole in Europe, Asia and north Africa, one of several species of mice in genus Apodemus in South America, one of several species of mice in genus Akodon This is a disambiguation page — a navigational... A lake is a body of water surrounded by land. ... Binomial name Oncorhynchus clarki (Richardson, 1836) The cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki) is a species of freshwater fish in the salmon family (family Salmonidae) of order Salmoniformes. ...

At 10,541 feet (3213 m), Glacier Peak is the dominant geologic feature of the area.
At 10,541 feet (3213 m), Glacier Peak is the dominant geologic feature of the area.

Most years the Wilderness is still buried under 10-20 feet (3-6 m) of snow in May. Usually most trails and passes are snow free by mid-August, but this varies from year to year. Snow and cold rain can occur in mid-summer. USGS photo of Glacier Peak, Washington, USA Source URL: http://wrgis. ... USGS photo of Glacier Peak, Washington, USA Source URL: http://wrgis. ... Jump to: navigation, search Glacier Peak is the most remote of the five active volcanoes in Washington. ... A fresh snowfall in Colorados (USA) high forests. ... Note: as an adjective (stressed on the second syllable instead of the first), august means honorable. ...


No roads approach Glacier Peak, and one must hike many miles through extremely rough terrain to reach its base. Normally, Hikers can reach the volcano from the west via the White Chuck Valley, or the Suiattle River Valley; from the east, it may be approached from the western tip of Lake Chelan. However, on October 20, 2003, there was a record-setting flood event when over 10 inches (250 mm) of rain fell on the Wilderness. The warm rain melted snow and ice driving massive amounts of water, trees and debris into the rivers. Downstream, roads, bridges, campgrounds and trails were damaged and destroyed. The destruction was particularly devastating to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Eight trail bridges and one stream ford on a 30-mile section of the trail below Glacier Peak were destroyed. Little or no evidence remains that some of these bridges ever existed. The two most notable losses were bridges over the Upper White Chuck River and the Suiattle River. Both crossings are dangerous fords under the best of conditions. Additionally, five major trails that provided access to the PCT in the area sustained varying degrees of damage from fairly light (North Fork Skykomish Trail) to severe (White Chuck Trail). Kennedy Hot Springs was buried in a mudslide and completely destroyed. Jump to: navigation, search Glacier Peak is the most remote of the five active volcanoes in Washington. ... Lake Chelan is a narrow, 56-mile-long lake in Chelan County, northern Washington state, USA. It is fed by streams from the Cascade Range and is the third deepest freshwater lake in the country, at 1,541 feet. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... 2003(MMIII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up Flood on Wiktionary, the free dictionary A flood (in Old English flod, a word common to Teutonic languages; compare German Flut, Dutch vloed from the same root as is seen in flow, float) is an overflow of water, an expanse of water submerging land, a deluge. ... Rain falling For other uses see Rain (disambiguation). ... A fresh snowfall in Colorados (USA) high forests. ... A natural, 4 tonne, block of ice on a beach in Iceland Icicles Ice is the solid form of water. ... View of Ansel Adams Wilderness along Pacific Crest Trail The Pacific Crest Trail is a long-distance mountain hiking and equestrian trail that runs from the United States border with Mexico to its border with Canada. ... This article is about landslides of mud; a mudslide is also an alcoholic drink. ...


External links

  • USFS home page of Wilderness (adapted PD source)
  • USFS web page about flood damage (adapted PD source)

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Glaciers extending down from the Glacier Peak plateau carved a perfect example of a glacially formed valley, and left all tributary streams hanging several hundred feet above the valley floor - in Louis Creek's case, 1680 feet above the valley floor.
Alfred Creek emerges from the toe of the Alfred Glacier on, yup - Mount Alfred.
From the toe of the glacier to the base of the falls, almost 2300 feet of elevation is lost.
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