In his books Cascade Division, and The Great Adventure, Martin talks about the depth and thickness of the Cascade forests. "Thicker than the hair on the back of a dog," is how the timber has been described and that is obvious when we see this eastbound approaching Scenic on the west slope of Stevens Pass. The view is from high on Windy mountain along the GN's original route through the mountains, long since abandoned in favor of the safer and lower route below.