The original plan was backpacking to Harrison Lake for one night, but someone got the last spot before us. We had a first timer with us - Alex from Ukraine, so Aaron came up with an alternative route. It was the Grant Ridge Loop, with spending the night right on top of the ridge. We were glad to have decided for that area after we watched the big smoke cloud come from behind Mt. Stimson.
First we were going to get up the next day and climb Great Northern... it looked magical and tempting.
After we watched the smokey sunset we were wondering if it really was a new fire in the Nyack area.
Our plan to climb Great Northern failed because of those little purple beauties. We had no water left, but still stayed at the top, picking huckleberries for a couple of hours...
A few more photos from the trip...