Photo by Sue Misao

Photo by Sue Misao

The Okanogan Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society invites hikers with an interest in native flora to participate in two outings planned later this week.

Mary Kiesau will lead a maximum of 12 hikers to Copper Pass, time permitting, on Friday (July 12).

The group will depart the Mazama Corral parking lot at 8 a.m. and drive just past Washington Pass for a short hike through a bit of forest that opens up to a wide, south-facing slope covered in multiple avalanche paths full of sub-alpine flowers. A relatively easy traverse across the south side of Blue Peak will lead to a short steep approach to Copper Pass that looks down into the Twisp drainage.

The trip rating is 4-5 (difficult). Contact Kiesau at 996-2870 or at

Kathleen Learned will guide a group on a 10-mile hike to Burch Mountain tentatively scheduled for Sunday (July 14). The trip rating is 4-5 (difficult) and involves a 3,000-foot elevation gain.

Contact Learned at (206) 323-3974 or email