Did not see the pika, but heard lots of calling including alarms as we climbed. Hoping to get back for a more in-depth search before the snows come.
Saw several, heard many more, didn't get pics of any. The pic shows the terrain.
Green spiked capsule, relatively sharp spines on bract. Pink disk flowers. Growing on side of road at mailbox peak near snoquailme.
Goodyera oblongifolia (western rattlesnake plantain) in flower seen while hiking down from Mason Lake in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, elevation about 1000 meter, (3300 feet)
There was a lot of beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax) along this section of the trail, not much in bloom. It was very nice to walk in this noice, cool section of the trail on what was proving to be a fairly hot (by Seattle standards - 28 C or 82 F) day
Trail to Mason Lake (approaching Island Lake) Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Female on fence post
Ariolimax columbianus (Gould, 1851) Pacific Banana Slug
Arionidae, Stylommatophora, Gastropoda, Mollusca, Animalia
The banana slug breathes through the Pneumostome
This slug was on Bandera Mountain, King County, Washington, USA at an elevation of about 1600 meters (5240 feet) along a damp forest floor.