|The route - Snohomish-Banks Lake and then through the North Cascades Hwy back to home|
|Coulees and basalt columns galore|
Unfortunately, it has fallen in to diuse and now vandals and wanna be artists (grafitti punks) have taken over the place. Too bad. It is a nice piece of history that, due to its remoteness, will fade into history.
|Banks Lake... what a view!!|
800 feet above Banks Lake in Washington’s majestic coulee country, Steamboat Rock is the crown jewel of this area. It is a basalt butte has a rich history; first used by native people many years ago, and during the ice age, the Great Missoula Floods carved the canyons here. The upper plateau marks where the land was level. The rock was an island in the raging river formed by glacial flooding. Now, high and dry, Steamboat rock stands like a lone sentinel offering excellent 360-degree panoramas of the landscape surrounding it.
|Just off the road are some pretty views|
Later in the day we made our way over to the Hwy 20 and the North Cascades. Making a loop back to home.
|Cut Throat Peak off of Hwy 20|
Until next time...