Dining Hall, Holden Village

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Holden Village is an ex-copper-mining town turned Lutheran retreat on the edge of Washington’s Glacier Peak Wilderness, where we recently spent a week working on what is claimed to be the most remote ADA-compliant trail in the country. To get to Holden, you must take a passenger ferry up long, fjord-like Lake Chelan to a small landing, then a school bus up a 10-mile gravel road into the deep, narrow, and railroad-free valley of Railroad Creek (once surveyed as a possible route across the North Cascades). It is a dramatically beautiful place, though somewhat marred by huge orange tailings piles at the base of the peaks across the creek from the village. We stayed in a dormitory-style building (pretty cushy for a trail work party) and ate in the big dining hall. It has a vent that periodically puts out a lot of steam, presumably from the kitchen. This is a one-second handheld shot, and I’m amazed at how well it turned out.

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