Photo of the Week August 9, 2010

The Bumping River runs through the William O. Douglas Wilderness just east of Chinook Pass and the Pacific Crest trail. Its gentle slope makes the river an ideal (if buggy) place for a quick summer backpack trip.

After spending three nights camping along the Bumping River, we decided to take advantage of some of its crystal clear water. Our river walk took us about 1/3 of a mile downstream from our campsite to a series of small waterfalls. The waterfalls cascade over beautiful layered basalt which juts at many angles from both stream and canyon.

Fortunately for us, the weather had warmed up enough to make the frigid mountain water bearable to our feet!

To find out more about the William O. Douglas Wilderness, click here