If it is early July in Trout Lake, then it is time to get to the Monte Cristo Trail. The trailhead is very hard
|Monte Cristo Trail, Gifford Pinchot Forest, Washington State|
This time of year, one can see at least 2 or 3 dozen different species of flowers in bloom, two or three mountains, and "Sound of Music" views.
We enjoyed clear, blue skies overhead as we saw a weather front of clouds to the West, over Camas and Vancouver. Strong, blustery winds buffeting us on exposed ridges. .
|Mt. Hood from Monte Cristo Trail|
Great exercise walking up and down hills for over three hours, which made our dinner of homemade, grilled pizza taste even better.