The following photos were taken while hiking the Maple Pass Loop in the North Cascades in the first week of October. The larch trees had yet to turn fully golden, but the first snow of the year had already come. The snow was knee high on higher elevation and hiking without snowshoes, as I did, was very difficult. Thanks to Antonio De Lima Fernandes, Lynnwood, WA, who I met near the top of the trail and who kept my company for the rest of the hike, eliminating my fear of dealing with the deep snow alone.
The last photo, taken on tripod before I met Antonio, shows me hiking among the larch trees on a relatively easy section of the trail.