Seeking The Unknown: a solo traversal from Stetattle Ridge to Mt Prophet

The author enjoying a cold seltzer drink on Stetattle Ridge with the objective of Mt Prophet and Jacob’s Ladder behind

In the record 97 degree heat of late June, I walk out my back door near Silver Lake and amble slowly through the shade of young alder trees. I am scouting some DNR land on the lower flanks of Black Mountain on mostly game trails looking for a linkup from my house to more established trails near the town of Maple Falls proper along the Hwy 542. Sometimes I luck out…