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Olympics -- East
Blowdowns, Bridge out, Water on trail, Road to trailhead inaccessible
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Hiked to the ridgetop camp. Creek was not possible to ford and official flagged log crossing is too...
Hiked to the ridgetop camp. Creek was not possible to ford and official flagged log crossing is too dangerous. There is a better way up stream. Blow downs start after creek crossing but not too many. Trail gets very little use and Pellia is growing in the middle of it.

more pictures at:
http://mosswalks.blogspot.com/[…]/dry-creek-trail-to-ridge-camp.html
 
Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
Wildflowers blooming
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Drama in the skies today! We watched a pair of eagles hunting and harassing the snow geese at the ed...
Drama in the skies today! We watched a pair of eagles hunting and harassing the snow geese at the edge of the water, pull one down, then fly back to the big nest to feed the eaglets! I was glad I brought binoculars! We were hoping to see the presidents helicopter, but we didn't. We took both forks of the path, first, left toward the eagles nest, then came back and went right. Both trails deadend in the marsh. This is a nice place to take a quiet walk, there is lots of bird life, views of the bay, Chuckanut, Olympic and Cascade mtns. Twinberry, salmonberry, currant, and elderberry in bloom.
 
Eastern Washington -- Tri-Cities
Wildflowers blooming
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Went with a group of Yakima Cascadians to hike along the White Bluffs area in the Saddle Mountain Na...
Went with a group of Yakima Cascadians to hike along the White Bluffs area in the Saddle Mountain National Wildlife Refuge along the north side of the Columbia River across from the remnants of White Bluffs, a a small Depression-era farm town whose residents were all displaced with the creation of the Hanford Atomic Works during WWII. It's a beautiful place but also surreal. Spectacular views up and down the river with surreal land forms carved by wind and water. A blustery day that started out threatening rain but turned sunny. Did around 8 miles with 1100 feet elevation gain (up and down hills). See the guidebook "Best Desert Hikes Washington" for directions.
  
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Blowdowns, Washouts, Water on trail, Snow on trail, Road to trailhead inaccessible
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FR 6066 will take you up to the trailhead from Highway 2, it's a bouncy ride until you get up past t...
FR 6066 will take you up to the trailhead from Highway 2, it's a bouncy ride until you get up past the logging operation, but then it smooths out; definitely do-able for an SUV but I wouldn't recommended it for a Prius. Just a little over a mile from the trailhead, the road is blocked by multiple blowdowns but I had no difficulties hiking up to the trail.

The parking lot at the trailhead was clear, but 100 yards up the trail the ground was covered by snow, which varied in depths from one to six feet or more. Multiple runoff streams crisscrossed the trail, often undercutting the snow banks and provided for some interesting footing. The snow was lacking any sort of icy crust and I found myself plunging up to my ankles or knees with every step the entire trip -some snow shoes and sun glasses would have been a real asset. I was able to make it as far as the old growth line before having to turn back because of uncertain footing with the soft snow and melt off.

Wildlife sign was in abundance, with lots of fresh Deer, Elk, Black Bear, Snowshoe Hare, and Squirrel tracks crossing the trail at multiple points. Flocks of chickadees were frequently observed, along with Robins and Ravens; there was no where on the mountain where I couldn't hear the grouse drumming as well.

It's a beautiful area; I can't wait to return and try again.

 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Snow on trail
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Two minutes of video highlights: http://youtu.be/cjTng56rL8U Had planned to reach Pete Lake, but fo...
Two minutes of video highlights: http://youtu.be/cjTng56rL8U
Had planned to reach Pete Lake, but found the road too snowy to reach the trailhead. So we opted for the lower Cooper River trail. Even there, we had to hike the 0.5miles from the bridge to the trailhead because of snow.
Aside from snow, the trail was fine. Once it left the river we only went a little ways further until the post-holing became tedious - then we went back to the spectacular rapids section where a side trail takes you down to the gorge, where we had lunch ..beautiful!
 
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Olympics -- East
Water on trail, Snow on trail
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I am preparing to hike/climb Mt. St. Helens in a week so this seemed to be the perfect conditioning ...
I am preparing to hike/climb Mt. St. Helens in a week so this seemed to be the perfect conditioning hike to do before.
Got to TH at 8:30 and took off at a reasonable pace. Nice benches as you climb the switchbacks with some waterfalls constantly in range for a nice soundtrack, hiking solo and I was the only car at TH. Pushed myself to the Summit Loop sign before I took a snack water break, also shortly before that there is a side trail to the left to a very cool triple pool waterfall. Obviously I had to go left at the Summit Loop, steeper=harder=tougher legs for St. Helens right? Right! Hit some snow about 30 mins into loop and it was by far the most manageable snow Ive dealt with in awhile. The trail is hard to lose with all the flags and markers on trees as you climb. Got to a big rock and lunched for a bit till clouds really came in, could see all the way out to the sound but not Rainier or St. Helens. Got back on the trail and was back down at Summit Loop sign in almost 30 mins. Saw 1 other guy with his dog but that was it. Back at my car by 2PM.
P.S. There is no Forest Service pay station box so have your NW Forest Pass.
 
Issaquah Alps
Wildflowers blooming
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This was my first exploratory hike at Taylor Mountain Forest, after many years of hiking in the Tige...
This was my first exploratory hike at Taylor Mountain Forest, after many years of hiking in the Tigers. I crossed under Highway 18 on Issaquah Hobart Road and turned left after the light into the signed parking lot. It's a King County Park, so there is no need to display a trailhead pass.

I picked up a trail map from the box at the trailhead. It shows less detail than the Green Trails Tiger Mountain / Taylor Mountain Map but I found it helpful since it seems to indicate some trails that are closed, or perhaps just not usable. Among these are the Holder Creek, Elk Ridge, Sherwood and Hermit Trails.

I began by hiking past the gate on Road A and, in about 1 mile, turned left onto the signed Holder Ridge Trail. In about a quarter mile I took the right fork onto the signed Holder Knob Trail. The grade is initially gently uphill. When it begins to descend an obvious side trail on the right leads to a small cleared area with a picnic table and two hitching rails for horses.

While Holder Knob is a local high point, at 1100 ft it is much lower than even the lowest named high points in the Tigers (Poo Poo Point at 1780 ft or Beaver Hill at 2300 ft.) Today there were distant clouds so Mt. Rainier and the Olympics were not visible.

From the knob, I meandered on to the north and west following a variety of old logging roads. At least some of them are shown on the maps, although the only sign I saw was one alerting me to possible video surveillance. Generally, this area seemed rather uninteresting so I backtracked to the Holder Knob Trail, then descended the Holder Ridge Trail back to the parking lot.

The ridge trail was a much more pleasant hike than the roads beyond Holder Knob. In sunnier locations red currant, bleeding heart and miner's lettuce were blooming. The trail seemed in rather good condition considering it also is used by equestrians. There was a minimal amount of mud, and the small stream crossing was easily accomplished on the rocks.

As I neared the parking lot I noted an obvious side path heading toward Holder Creek, and decided to explore it. I ducked low under two blowdowns and was rewarded by a slope of corydalis, a wildflower I don't often see.

The path continues on a short distance and leads to several points along the bank of Holder Creek. I could not see any continuation of the path across the creek, and it did not seem worth wading to explore further. This was, though, a worthwhile short side trip just to see the flowers and the close-up view of the creek.
 
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Wildflowers blooming
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Bracketed by failing weather, one massive hangover and packing for a Grand Canyon trip, Geezer Patro...
Bracketed by failing weather, one massive hangover and packing for a Grand Canyon trip, Geezer Patrol minus one managed to squeeze off a walk in the woods. This trail was chosen because it was new to us and close in. While marginally scenic, elevation gains provided sufficient cardio-vascular intensity to blow out the previous week's accumulations of all things not good for you but fun to do.
The trail starts off up an old logging road, easy on the feet but a little steep for those in our condition. After being lapped by no less than three octogenarians, we put away thoughts of just having a tailgate party and continued to "bound" upwards. After 1100 feet of grunting, you leave the trashed slopes from 150 years of logging and enter some pretty nice third growth forest and a respite from the gradient. The excellent footpath is all pine needle and surprisingly, very lightly traveled. At three miles, there is a pretty decent water source if you are so inclined to test your resistance to Ebola.
The path parallels and crosses a service road multiple times that supports the antenna farms at the top of the mountain. Each crossing had horse guards on each side to keep the road apples off your boots and in one instance, momentarily hung up the author due to the size of his keester.
Our party reached the Grand Prospect lookout at 3000' after 4 hours of snail like pace interrupted by our usual frequent and verbose gab sessions. A fine place to have lunch, hang out on the benches and enjoy the view across the valley to Mt Si. On this hazy day, Mt Baker was easily discernible many miles north.
So, the exercise and easy location were swell but for wooded beauty, head elsewhere. The light weekday trail traffic was a plus also as we spent of our day alone after the "octos" blew by us.
 
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North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Wildflowers blooming
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During our hike we encountered several groups of Snohomish County workers clearing fallen logs, buil...
During our hike we encountered several groups of Snohomish County workers clearing fallen logs, building benches, and placing a new bridge over a washed out section of trail, in preparation for spring. The trail is clear and hikeable the whole way, and absolutely beautiful! Tons of old growth, great views of the river cascading over boulders and gravel bars, and the old lime kiln is really gorgeous. Some steep areas, a few ups and downs/ rocky or muddy parts. Good day hike. Took us about 2 and a half hours to hike the whole thing at a moderate pace.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Water on trail
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I had read that this trail gets pretty busy, so I have to say that Easter Sunday was a great day for...
I had read that this trail gets pretty busy, so I have to say that Easter Sunday was a great day for this hike. The weather was in the mid/ high 50s with some sunshine and there were plenty of parking spaces when we arrived around 10:50am.

The hike: You start off on a short gravel road, along power lines, that leads you to the start of the trail. It had been raining almost all day the day before, so there was some water accumulation/ muddy areas along the trail.

Lower, Middle and Upper Falls are beautiful. Getting to the Upper Falls proved to be a little steep for me, but I pushed and made it all the way. It was quite the steep hike. I would definitely recommend trekking poles or a good stick for assistance and support. My absolute favorite part was the amazing View Point right before the Middle Falls. The views from there are breathtaking! In addition, I love that you hear the sound of water the entire time. So soothing and therapeutic.

Recommendations: Clip your toe nails short prior to hiking. Coming down is a little hard on your feet, toes and knees. Trekking poles are very useful for those amateur hikers like myself. Enjoy...it's a beauty!
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Blowdowns
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Started at the Exit 27 trailhead - very few people on trail as opposed to starting at Exit 32. The ...
Started at the Exit 27 trailhead - very few people on trail as opposed to starting at Exit 32. The fews from 2 miles, 4 miles, and 6 miles up are all the same. It was slightly overcast - the view of Si and Little Si were great, but the horizon of Cascades was foggy. Trail is really well maintained.
I recommend parking a car at both trailheads and through hiking the 10.1 miles. From the trailhead to the East Peak and back was 11.8 miles.
 
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Olympics -- East
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We hiked up to the lake on Easter Sunday. There were 12 cars in the parking lot when we arrived mid...
We hiked up to the lake on Easter Sunday. There were 12 cars in the parking lot when we arrived mid-day but we did not feel crowded at all. The trail is in great shape. After visiting the lake we then hiked up the Upper Lena trail for 1/2 mile or so and visited an old growth grove as well as the waterfall on the creek alongside the trail.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Wildflowers blooming
Snow on trail, No water source
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Great sunny weather today, the trail was mostly dry from yesterday's rain and only small patches of ...
Great sunny weather today, the trail was mostly dry from yesterday's rain and only small patches of mud. There was snow/ice at the top starting when the boulder field begins. It was fairly warm up until the snowline started, and rather chilly at the peak.

We went with hiking poles, I was in athletic shoes. Walking up, we took the boulder field (pictured below) but tried the forest filled with ice and snow coming down from the peak. Would not recommend the forest without spikes--I slipped and slid on my butt a couple times.

Took about 4 hours up and 2 hours down (leisurely pace).
 
Central Cascades
Wildflowers blooming
Mudholes, Washouts, Water on trail
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Not too muddy, but water levels were high so the Hanna creek crossing wasn't easy, we found a little...
Not too muddy, but water levels were high so the Hanna creek crossing wasn't easy, we found a little trail that led upstream a bit and had rocks to cross along a narrow shallow area. However we kept seeing ATV tracks on the trail and was wondering how/why an ATV was back here.

Then we found the ATV at the falls with a guy winching logs out. He also talked about snagging salmon with treble hooks since they end here and can't get up the falls. We were hoping to eat lunch and enjoy the falls instead we were on edge and got out of there asap.

When we got back to the car, there was about 12 or so cars parked along the street, an older man, probably in his late 50's, hard to tell because he was an obvious meth user. He was peering down into the windows of the cars on the west side of the road. He spotted us and immediately ducked off into the woods across from the trailhead by the church.













 
Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
Blowdowns
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Apart from the many blowdowns, the trail is in excellent shape. Between the trailhead and Five Mile ...
Apart from the many blowdowns, the trail is in excellent shape. Between the trailhead and Five Mile Camp, we counted roughly 17 blowdown areas that required either crawling over or ducking/crawling under. Some of these areas would be difficult to get past with a large backpack. Several large fallen trees have completely blocked one of the switchbacks on Big Hump, forcing hikers to cut the switchback (as much as it pained us to do so). The frequency of blowdowns increased the further west we moved along the trail. Although we stopped and turned around at Five Mile Camp, we looked up along the trail heading west from there and saw at least three more blowdowns.

Keep an eye out for elk, especially where the river’s roaring current is loud. We got a close look at a small herd of elk between Big Hump and Five Mile Camp, where the river’s noise prevented them from hearing our approach. They moved up the mountainside and watched us from a high vantage point as we passed. Watch for otters, too! At Five Mile Camp we were lucky enough to spy a swimming otter.
 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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I needed a flower trip. Tired of snow. Tired of the dark grey clouds. I needed some color, some suns...
I needed a flower trip. Tired of snow. Tired of the dark grey clouds. I needed some color, some sunshine, and some blue skies. I wasn't disappointed.

I headed out early. The talk of 2 hour traffic backups on I90 with the demo of the old snow shed wasn't appealing. I wanted to head over in the morning before lane closures and started back over the pass in the afternoon before the huge rush of holiday traffic.

So I was up by 5am, and on the road by 5:40am. At the trailhead...just before 9am. I wasn't sure the Jetta could make it to the TH. Some years the last bits of the road can be tricky. Well I managed to get there. It wasn't too bad. I parked just shy of the upper trailhead because I planned to do a loop trip this time. My plan was to hike up Black Canyon and then come out via the ridge (old road) between Goodwin and Spud Canyons.

I was moving up the trail by 9am. A few bits of color early on. Balsamroot, ball headed waterleaf, black desert parsley. There always seems to be a "dry" stretch for flowers on this trail. They are there at the start...then a long pause before they show up again around the site of the old homestead. This time was no different. Right after the TH the old road is bermed with a sign advising no unauthorized vehicles allowed. There was, however, lots of evidence that ATV drivers were ignoring the regs. Fresh tire tracks all the way up the road to the old homestead (1.44mi from the car) and beyond (there is a berm at the upper end of the road at the first road junction after the homestead...about 1.75mi from the car). After the old homestead, the old favorite flowers started to make and appearance...bluebells, buttercups, etc. No yellow bells though...none the entire trip. I'm guessing I'm a bit too late to catch these early bloomers.

I continued up the road and followed my usual route up to Umtanum Ridge. Along the way, more flowers...grass widows, spring beauty...

I arrived at the ridge (3.79mi from the car) and found...a cool breeze. Hmm..I had long sleeves on...time to put on a jacket. Very few flowers showed up along this stretch of the ridge. I continued up the ridge following the road to the highpoint shown as "Rattler" on the USGS quad (4.25mi from the car). I zapped off a couple of quick photos to family back east wishing them a Happy Easter and ring...ring...ring... Awesome....Meredith (my 4yo niece) was on FaceTime wanting to know what the Easter Bunny got me for Easter. A nice chat with most of the family back east ensued and then it was time to drop my pack and catch a quick lunch.

I had eyed a route back to the car following an old road along the ridge between Goodwin and Spud Canyons. This turned out to work well. Most of it was in good shape...not too rocky. At about 5.6mi from the car the road grade steepened a bit and the surface got a bit rockier. At about 6.1mi the grade steepened even more and the road got downright wobbly rocky all the way down to the lower road at about 6.8mi. It was a bit of a pain. I was surprised that as the road descended it (the road) actually got a bit brushy. It doesn't seem like 4WD vehicles use it much. Along this upper ridge walk I started to see lupine blooming. As the road descended, I started seeing more and more balsamroot. By the time I was down on the lower road...lots and lots of big headed clover!

The lower stretch of road follows a big elk (?) fence. It wasn't the most scenic stretch of "trail" but it was nice to see a whole different set of flowers going strong. It was only a bit over 1.5mi of walking this road to get back to the car.

Flowers are going strong but give it another week or so. The lupine and balsamroot are just getting started.

Stats: 8.43, 2104 gain (for the loop)

More photos here: http://www.putz-in-boots.com/[…]/black_canyon_loop_tr.html
 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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I took an afternoon walk at Snow Mtn Ranch today. I walked the big loop around the riparian area as...
I took an afternoon walk at Snow Mtn Ranch today. I walked the big loop around the riparian area as well as the Riparian Overlook Trail, the Swallowtail Trail, & the Garry Oak Trail. I was doing a survey for the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy's trail committee. The wildflowers above the riparian areas are very nice. The afternoon started mostly cloudy, but then cleared up. On Sat & after this hike, I drove farther west out Cowiche Mill Road. The fields of balsamroot along the road are spectacular, though on closer inspection they are getting a little past. The wildflowers are out in abundance over here, and with the warm days, it's a wonderful time to be in the shrub-steppe.
 
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Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area
Fall foliage
Snow on trail, Road to trailhead inaccessible
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Very nice trail but we had to hike 3 miles up to the trailhead on a road mostly covered with snow. T...
Very nice trail but we had to hike 3 miles up to the trailhead on a road mostly covered with snow. Then the trail split off into two directions and we could not figure out which way to go, so we went back. Lots of snow on the trail, easy to sink in.

Will probably come back after things melt down.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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We arrived at the parking lot around 8am. It took us 4hrs to reach the rocky part right before the l...
We arrived at the parking lot around 8am. It took us 4hrs to reach the rocky part right before the last cliff.

Trail is in very good condition. We did not hit snow nor ice. Weather was sunny and cloudy despite the forecast (rain and cloud).

Trail was not as busy as usual.
 
Olympics -- East
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Quiet Easter Sunday with moderate weather and no crowds on the trail. Road to the trail head and par...
Quiet Easter Sunday with moderate weather and no crowds on the trail. Road to the trail head and parking lot were well maintained. Toilets OK... bring your own toilet paper.The trail is in excellent condition. Camp sites and fire pits are in good order.

Spring flowers are just beginning to emerge during the first (lowest) mile of the hike.

 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Mileage and Elevation: 8 Miles round trip, 3,400 gain Time: 8:00 a.m. Starting: Little Mt. Si ...
Mileage and Elevation: 8 Miles round trip, 3,400 gain

Time: 8:00 a.m.

Starting: Little Mt. Si Trail head Parking Lot.

From here, we will take the Boulder Loop Trail to the Old Mt. Si Trail to the top of Mt Si.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Blowdowns, Mud/Rockslide, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Lots of mud on the trail due to the rains the day before and melting snow. Couple of blowdowns but e...
Lots of mud on the trail due to the rains the day before and melting snow. Couple of blowdowns but easily passable. Some snow on trail once you clear the tree line. I used my spikes in the area where you circumvent the boulders through the woods. That part is a bit sketchy and some care needs to be taken to make sure you stay away from the steep northern dropoff. But other than that not much snow until you reach the top where the mailbox is half buried in 18-24 inches of snow.

Trail is tough as ever. Weather was nice at the top with 360 views. There was a light breeze and then no wind for about 20 minutes. The big peaks were not clearly visible but all the close ones were out in their full spring glory. 2:30 ascent, 1:15 descent.

BTW, thanks to the rangers for not issuing me a ticket. Forgot to take out the Discover Pass from the glove compartment and hang it up. Remembered about half way up but was glad to see only a reminder slip when I got back :)
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Nice Easter Sunday to hike our first time to Kamikazi Falls. These falls are beautiful, especially a...
Nice Easter Sunday to hike our first time to Kamikazi Falls. These falls are beautiful, especially after this weeks rain. The first two miles only gained 600 ft elevation and followed a wide trail. The trail took a sharp turn to the right and headed up a narrow rocky trail. (Note: at this turn it looked like the trail went straight, so this was a bit confusing. There is a pole with notes indicating Teneriffe and the falls turn right.)

At 1350 climb from the parking lot, we reached the lower falls. After taking a few pictures we headed higher. At 1500 ft we reached the true falls. Sure glad to hiked on and did not turnaround at the first falls.

From here we headed up the very steep trail toward Teneriffe, just to get the feel of this trail. We climbed 500 feet to the ridge, where we stopped a nice spot for a snack before heading back down.

This hike had many views of Rattlesnake ridge, Mount Washington, McClellan Butte, Mailbox and others.
 
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Blowdowns, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Parking lot was about half full when we reached the TH around 12:30. Weather was mostly cloudy with ...
Parking lot was about half full when we reached the TH around 12:30. Weather was mostly cloudy with the sun peeking out once in a while.

The first half of the trail through old growth forest is beautiful. Lot of flowing water & streams on the trail, especially because of spring melt off. The trail climbs gently overall and is extremely well maintained, evidenced by all the woodwork along the trial.

There are two locations on the talus slope (around 2 miles) where a landslide has dragged down a decent number of trees onto the trail. The first was not an issue. The second was a little harder to climb over. I would not recommend if you are hiking with kids. Wait until the trees are cleared.

Once you cross the slope and enter the forest again, patches of snow start to appear. There is snow on the trail for about the last 0.3 miles, but is compacted enough that you don't need poles.

The lake was partially covered in snow and was gorgeous. We saw and heard a few avalanches on the upper slopes. We did not circle the lake because of snow and avalanche danger. Had a light snack and started back down.

Overall, it was a beautiful hike that I highly recommend doing before all the snow is gone (and then do one more in July-Aug to enjoy a swim)!
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Wildflowers blooming
Washouts, Water on trail, Snow on trail, Bugs
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Bridal Falls/Serene Lake is the quintessential Pacific Northwest springtime hike. This was my fir...
Bridal Falls/Serene Lake is the quintessential Pacific Northwest springtime hike.

This was my first time hiking in the Stevens Pass area, and I was pleasantly surprised.

The trailhead was easy to find, per the instructions in the WTA Hiking Guide. I highly recommend stopping in Gold Bar if you need to use the restroom before starting. The facilities at the trailhead were in pretty rough shape.

I reached the trailhead around 11 a.m., and parking was starting to get thin. I was surprised by how many people had Discovery Passes displayed. I'm not sure if you can get ticketed for having the wrong pass, or if perhaps Discovery is acceptable, but I erred on the side of caution and picked up a Northwest Forest pass from Big 5 the day before I set out on this hike.

My crew was only two strong: me and my dog. I headed straight for the falls and reached them by around 12:30 p.m. This stretch was not too taxing, with the only major elevation change coming over the last 800 meters or so.

It was a bit crowded at the falls, so I snapped some photos, munched on some trail mix and headed back down. But the falls were beautiful and are definitely worth the trip.

I headed back down to the main trail and took the fork to Lake Serene.

The first mile or so of this portion is relatively flat, but the elevation gain thereafter is not for the feint of heart. You will traverse about 20 steep switchbacks before reaching the snow-laden ridge to Lake Serene.

I reached the lake at around 2 p.m. I was mildly disappointed on account of the lake being frozen and covered in snow. However, a series of mini-avalanches across the way on Mt. Index provided a modicum of entertainment. Again, there was a fairly sizable crowd at the destination, but I found an isolated boulder to rest my bones for a few minutes.

I headed back down, wishing I owned some poles to cushion the impact of the steep descent on my aching joints. Over the course of the hike, I encountered about 100 people and 20 dogs.

There was one minor washout on the trail, but it was easily traversed with a broad jump. No postholing in the snow, though I could see where others had gone through before me.

I would highly recommend this trail, especially to the falls. But I'd recommend waiting for another six weeks or so before heading to the lake to allow the snow snow and ice to melt.
 
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Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
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The trail was in excellent condition - no wather to cross or deadfall to contend with as you hike. T...
The trail was in excellent condition - no wather to cross or deadfall to contend with as you hike. The trail is well-maintained, with several sections of rock steps. Since the trail can be semi-steep, you should wear good shoes so you don't slip on the gravel. The trail is wide enough for passing others who are heading up or down and you can also step aside easily. There is one bench (not quite mid-way up) and a few logs you can sit on. The tree canopy provides nice shade, but you can also see the sky, with a few sunny places along the way. My hubby and I are 61 and 58 years old and very novice day-hikers. We found this trail a rewarding challenge - our legs and lungs definitely felt the 1700' elevation change! The meadow at the top offered a nice place to rest-up, enjoy the view, have lunch, take photos and watch the hang gliders launch. There were many family with kiddos who made the hike on their own power and a few parents toting kids in carriers. A lot of folks brought their dogs, who were off-leash and well-behaved. A few dogs were being carried. There are a variety of hikers - some were running uphill and/or downhill - others were packing their hang gliders for the flight down. It took us 1 1/2 hours of "moving" time to complete the round trip. We are wimps and I took several breaks on the way up to rest my legs and get some air. On the way down my hubby's knees gave him some trouble. We thought it was a beautiful hike and we felt a lot of satisfaction in completing the hike! We tried it last Jun and pooped out half way up, so we were determined to make it this year. We will return - I want to complete this hike without having to stop so often next time!
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Snow on trail
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Beautiful weather on Easter for an afternoon hike up Mailbox Peak. As others have noted there's a sm...
Beautiful weather on Easter for an afternoon hike up Mailbox Peak. As others have noted there's a small section of icy snow near the top. I forgot my micro spikes and really wished I had brought them. I managed to get by without falling but there were a couple of close calls.

The rest of the trail is very muddy due to recent rains and snow melt. Someone was very kind and left a beer in the mailbox!

Full trip report here: http://bobbyandmaura.com/hikes/mailbox-peak
 
South Cascades -- Columbia Gorge
Wildflowers blooming
No water source
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After setting up camp at Columbia Hills SP, we drove the Dalles MT Road to Dalles Mountain Ranch. We...
After setting up camp at Columbia Hills SP, we drove the Dalles MT Road to Dalles Mountain Ranch. We turned left on the road just before the wagon at the ranch and drove 1.4 miles to the gate at the Columbia Hills Natural Area Preserve. The lupine and balsamroot are at their prime along the Dalles MT Road and the road to the gate of the preserve. Beyond the gate the lupine are just beginning to bloom. Walking in the preserve is allowed only on the roads. As we neared the second switchback,many blooming paintbrush of various colors and shades were seen on the South side of the road. Flocks of yellow-rumpled warblers were seen along the Dalles MT Road and many meadowlarks sang to us as we walked the road in the preserve.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Blowdowns, Mudholes, Water on trail
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Our group of three humans and one canine arrived around 2:30 and it was raining/drizzling throughout the hike but it was still a great time on the trail. There were people leaving so we missed the crowd of hikers! Unfortunately most of the other dog owners did practice poor trail etiquette, dogs were running loose and their owners did not clean-up after their dog. I volunteer for the Prison Pet Partnership Program and have worked with dog training for a few years. It's sad to see that dog owners claiming to love their dog yet fail to ensure their safety.
The trail was in good condition except where a tree was hanging over the trail about halfway up the trail. We definitely plan to do this hike again when it's better weather and we can see more of the view at the top of the ledge!
 
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Eastern Washington -- Tri-Cities
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Lovely hike, lots of folks hiking, and lots of dogs. Made for pleasant company. Hiking boots are ver...
Lovely hike, lots of folks hiking, and lots of dogs. Made for pleasant company. Hiking boots are very useful.
We saw some marmots (or packrats, not sure). The canyon is very beautiful, we camped here and it is a well maintained site. The trail beyond the top of the waterfall is dangerous, lots of loose gravel and its not maintained. We saw many people doing it with ease, and went halfway and turned back.
I wish WTA would take up maintenance of that trail.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Started at the Little Mt. Si Trailhead Parking Lot. Took the Boulder Garden Loop to the Old Mount Si...
Started at the Little Mt. Si Trailhead Parking Lot. Took the Boulder Garden Loop to the Old Mount Si Trail.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Water on trail, Snow on trail
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All hues of the wonderful rei member rebate rainbow, from 'four layers of patagonia in decreasing si...
All hues of the wonderful rei member rebate rainbow, from 'four layers of patagonia in decreasing sizes' to 'bucket hat enthusiast' to 'grocery outlet bag of pop chips'.

For a pretty busy trail no one seemed to be smoking the four twenty devil lettuce.

Turned around just before the lake - it was getting really crowded and I had a flashback to that everest documentary I watched where dudes straight poop themselves and loose fingers because there was a crazy long line to the top of the thing. Nah man, not tempeh ranchero, not today.
 
Olympics -- North
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Led a 12-person hike to the lighthouse for the Seattle Mountaineers. Description on the web site...
Led a 12-person hike to the lighthouse for the Seattle Mountaineers.

Description on the web site needs some corrections.

No permit or pass of any kind is required for parking at the trail head. Entry fee is $3 for every 4 people in the group.

There is plenty of water and a bathroom at the lighthouse.

Try to go during a minus tide, which will allow you to hike on packed sand instead of the rocks brought down by the Dungeness river estuary.

Always check the marine forecast for Central Juan De Fuca before going. It would not be a safe place in a gale.

There is a very exposed hike with no shade anywhere. On a sunny day, make sure you have sunscreen and headgear on. On a cold windy day, a wind jacket would be essential.
 
Central Cascades -- Lake Chelan
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Staying at Wapato Point on Lake Chelan for a few days, and after an abysmal 'hike' on some Echo Ridg...
Staying at Wapato Point on Lake Chelan for a few days, and after an abysmal 'hike' on some Echo Ridge Trails, we thought we'd try again before surrendering our hiking aspirations completely.
We parked about a five-minute walk before the Department of Wildlife sign and continued our uphill trudge from there. The 'hike' is along a gravel road that deteriorates the higher you go. Although my 4x4 could have made it to the top with no problem (most cars could if they drive carefully), we wanted some exercise, so walked instead.
This is a gravel road walk the whole way, but the views were spectacular the entire time. Of course, the views were even better at the top:) We went first to the towers and then back down to the wide open spot where we watched two paragliders and one hang glider sail about.
There was one wee little patch of snow along the road, and all dry otherwise.
If you are in the area, it is definitely worth doing this workout of a road walk just to get the views…make sure you choose a clear, sunny day:)

 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Awesome hike. The trail was a bit muddy in some areas. There were also a couple of streams crossing ...
Awesome hike. The trail was a bit muddy in some areas. There were also a couple of streams crossing over the trail, but they were very shallow. Not many bugs, only encountered a few curious bees and a handful of gnat clouds. There's snow on the trail the last 1/4 mile or so up to the lake. It's somewhat deep, but the trail is packed down and my feet never punched through. The snow was also a bit slippery in some areas. If you have trekking poles it's a good idea to use them. The lake itself was beautiful. It's starting to thaw, and the snow up on Mt. Index is starting to melt as well. I heard several loud cracking noises, which was the snow shifting and falling. You could see the snow falling off the side of Mt. Index every once and a while across the lake. Overall this was an awesome hike.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Blowdowns, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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This is a great hike. Trail starts pretty wide and has a steady elevation gain the whole way up. The...
This is a great hike. Trail starts pretty wide and has a steady elevation gain the whole way up. There was a few fallen trees on the trail but easy to get around. About half way up there starts to be patches of snow and gets thicker quickly, but since it's a common trail it's packed down and there was no issues walking in it with a regular pair of hiking boots. The lake is still 90% frozen over with just a few spots you can see the ice thawed.

Once we got to Talapus lake we were going to go to Olallie Lake too but we couldn't really see the trail. So we played it safe and just went back down. It only took us about 45 minutes to get up to Talapus and probably about 35 minutes to get down. We only took a few small break to stop and smell the roses. There are plenty of beautiful small waterfalls on the way up. Overall it was a pretty good day hike.

 
Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
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I have been hiking all over Cougar Mountain for 20 years and for some reason have never seen Far Cou...
I have been hiking all over Cougar Mountain for 20 years and for some reason have never seen Far Country Falls before. The WTA Trail News email this morning had an article on Waterfalls and Far Country was featured so I thought that I'd check it out. I decided to approach from the lower Licorice Fern trailhead to make the journey a little longer and lonelier than approaching from Red Town. The trailhead is on SE 112th just off of May Valley Road. The trailhead is an obscure, but signed turnout on the right just after 112th turns left to become 169th. This section of Licorice Fern trail is seldom used and very pretty. It is in a deep mossy valley with lots of bright green understory vegetation and nice mature trees. At 1.2 mi you cross SE Licorice Way and pick up the Licorice Fern trail on the other side. There are still a fair number of Trillium in bloom. The Licorice Fern trail intersects the Indian Trail at 1.5 mi and near the Indian Trail trailhead. You could start at the Indian Trail trailhead but then you would miss the best part of the trail and some exercise. At 2 mi is the turnoff for the Far Country Trail(not the falls). 0.1 mi further is the signed turnoff for the Far Country Falls. Right now the flow is pretty descent and the rocks are covered with moss. We also did a short side trip to Far Country Lookout to get a little more mileage and elevation gain. The view there is not great. 5 mi RT and 500 ft elevation gain. Map:

http://your.kingcounty.gov/[…]/BCT_CougarMtn_brochure.pdf
 
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Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Blowdowns, Mudholes, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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We may have been the last snowshoers on this trail. The tracks of previous hikers showed where they ...
We may have been the last snowshoers on this trail. The tracks of previous hikers showed where they broke through the snow so we went the easier method with snowshoes. Lots of potential for berries this summer!
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Not much to add from yesterday's trip report which is a good readout of the conditions.

There are a few inches of fresh snow on the peak from yesterday, covering several feet of winter's snow along the summit ridge. My dog Boomer and I made the first set of tracks, just a few minutes ahead of the second group. As you get within a few hundred feet of the summit, the snowy trail meanders through the forest and it's not the summer track. I'm afraid I re-traced a sometimes ridiculously steep path someone else made a few days back. Best to try to stay as south (right) as you can and pop out of the woods sooner. It's an easier go.

Microspikes are a big help; snowshoes won't help you much at all. I kept my spikes on even after descending below the snowline, because the moist forest floor can surprise you with mud and roots that will put even the most careful hiker on their butt a few times. Gaiters are recommended because of all the slushy muck and the chance you'll posthole a few times in the snow. Poles helped on the way down, too.

This is a great change from the other old standbys Si and Mailbox, and it's steeper than Mailbox as you climb the last 2,500 ft. But do get to the parking lot before 9AM if you want a spot.



 
Eastern Washington -- Wenatchee
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Almost snow free - just a few patches at the top. The views should be pretty good, but the cascades...
Almost snow free - just a few patches at the top. The views should be pretty good, but the cascades were cloudy when I went so I couldn't see the jagged peaks to the west. The views in the other directions were interesting, though. This peak is right on the transition between grassy rolling hills and tree-covered mountains.

The trail up the mountain isn't that interesting, as it's an old road. There are a couple of nice meadows worth looking at, though. There's not much shade, so bring enough water.

The last 0.5 miles to the trailhead is pretty rough, and the last 0.2 miles is gated until it dries out in (May?). No problem driving it in my Subaru Outback, with some careful attention to the road. It may be possible in a sedan, but you'd really have to know the limits of your car. If you're not sure, just park at the lower trailhead.

Total distance is probably around 7.5-8 miles.
 
Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
Snow on trail
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Good Friday is a holiday in my business. Since so few folks are off work that day I usually take a h...
Good Friday is a holiday in my business. Since so few folks are off work that day I usually take a hike with near total solitude. Gwen was free this day and we debated where to go. East of the crest would be sunny but with very strong winds. We chose instead to head west. I don't do many day hikes to the Olympics as ferry rides take longer and are more expensive than drives to the Cascades. I had done Mt. Townsend twice before. Both trips were in June. A little snow on top and zero visibility on the first trip. No snow and very hot on the second. This trip would be much earlier in the year. We met in Edmonds at 7:30 am and took the ferry to Kingston. From there we drove across the Hood Canal Floating Bridge and headed south to Quilcene. Just 1.5 miles south of town we took the Penny Creek road. Much of the road to the trailhead is paved. A report a week earlier mentioned that they were able to drive to within a quarter mile of the upper trailhead It is at 3250' and is often snowbound in April.

We encountered some snow on the spur road to the trailhead. Tracks went through it and the Subaru did not touch the snow between the tracks. After several patches the road was clear to the parking lot. It should be all melted out within a week. There was one truck in the lot. The sunshine we had in Edmonds and Kingston gave way to clouds as we neared the mountains. As we packed up it was completely overcast and about 35 degrees. There was some snow in the lot but none on the trail at first. It was just after 10:00 am when we started hiking. The lower part of the trail is lined by rhododendrons. There is plenty of bright green moss too. This is the dry side of the Olympics but it is very green.

The trail gains 2950' from the upper trailhead to the summit in 4.1 miles. Although that works out to over 700' gained per mile the well graded trail does not seen that steep. At about the one mile mark we entered the Buckhorn Wilderness. Still no snow on the trail. At about 1.5 miles we had some snow. After crossing the second creek the snow began in a hurry. It was hard and icy. After a few bare patches it became more continuous and we stopped to put on microspikes. Traction was great from there on. I had hoped that the clouds would lift or that we might get above them. No such luck. On the positive side, the wind was almost nonexistent. By the time we were hiking on snow it began to snow. Light flakes at first then harder. It would be a 60 degree sunny day in Seattle and we had winter on Mt. Townsend. Since it was snow and not rain I chose not to put on a rain jacket. I was warm enough on the ascent.

It had snowed overnight and with more coming down we had a thin new layer over the icy snow. As we climbed higher the snow was not so icy. We kept the spikes on but traction would not have been too bad with just boots. When there was enough snow to clearly show our tracks I was surprised to not see tracks from the folks in the truck at the trailhead. Where they ahead of us? Near Camp Windy tracks seemed to go off in several directions. We took the most obvious ones and soon reached the trail junction. Tracks went both ways. We took the right turn. After being out in the open we were now back in forest. The snow was again icy. Tracks were melted and snowed on. We still followed them though they were not as distinct.

The tracks went straight up in some places then made gentle traverses in others. At times we were on the summer trail. Traversing below a bare rocky slope Gwen noticed bright pink flowers. We stopped there on the way back for photos. The slope was never steep enough or the snow hard enough that we needed to use our ice axes. Nor was there ever more than a couple feet of snow. We did very little post holing on the way up. The snow softened and we did sink in in places on the upper descent. The snow was never more than knee deep before hitting dirt. In another 3 or 4 weeks the trail should be nearly snow free.

The pattern continued on the upper mountain Tracks leading straight up, reaching a little dirt trail, following the trail until under snow and then heading straight up again. I'm sure there were a lot of snow covered peaks around us but our visibility was minimal. The only tricky spots were where we climbed sections of bare ground. Easy to go up. I just feared finding our prints again on the way down. That did not prove to be a problem for us. While the climb is not technically difficult right now there is some route finding to do. Steeper slops gave way to more gentle and we were funneled to the bare saddle on the ridge top. From there we had non views in another direction. The rest of the way to the summit was partly on snow and partly on dirt. The ridge crest is bare from saddle to summit. Where the trail is on the right side it is on snow. When it moves left it is bare. We saw some yellow and purplish flowers blooming along the ridge.

When we reached the summit there were no other people and almost no wind. We went all day without seeing any other people. Total solitude on a very popular trail in the summer. The lack of wind allowed us to have a long lunch break without freezing. As the day warmed we kept ascending and my thermometer was between 34 and 38 degrees all day long. 35 on the summit did not seem all that cold with no wind. I made sure to take a 360 degree panorama video and I will include it below with the photos. Not quite the same as my last visit on a very hot and clear June day.

After about half and hour we packed up and headed down. The recent snow left trees half rime ice white and half green. The mist clouds also added to the mood. We took quite a few photos of the upper mountain on the way down. We had removed the microspikes when the upper ridge was largely bare ground. When we entered the forest above Camp Windy it was prudent to put them back on. It was still quite icy in the trees. We had noticed tracks heading straight up in the morning which connected some switchbacks on snow. Heading down we chose to take one to save some time. Bad choice. We chose the only one that did not connect switchbacks. We dropped several hundred feet and below us were cliffs and a big meadow. We did not see any meadow on the way up. Hmmm... A quick look at the GPS showed we were too far right of the switchbacking trail. Go back up or traverse across to the trail? The flat option of course. The map did not show the deep gully in between. We fought through very tightly spaced trees to find the gully. Down below was no trace of our uphill tracks. Where was the trail? I crossed the gully and climbed to find the trail. Gwen had more sense and just went up. It was not the first time that an "obvious" short cut took much longer than staying on trail. I still wonder why so many tracks went down to a dead end.

Our last mistake was taking off the spikes too early. There was not much snow left but what there was was very icy. We each took a few ungraceful falls. Once off snow the descent went fast. Back at the trailhead we were the only vehicle. The snow had turned to rain the last few miles and we quickly packed up and headed down the road. The missed the ferry by a few minutes and stopped for dinner as we had a 40 minute wait. That is part of the fun of taking a ferry to hike.

This turned out to be a great hike. A last blast of winter as we near May. I was surprised that we could drive to the upper trailhead and hike the whole route without snowshoes this early in the year. We did not get the fantastic views of volcanoes, islands, and big cities below but we had total solitude on a very popular trail. The misty clouds and rime ice on the trees plus a few blooming wildflowers were a real treat. The lack of wind was very much appreciated. Add in the great company and it was a terrific day to be out hiking.

I have posted 42 annotated photos and one video clip on my website at: http://www.hikingnorthwest.com. Go to "Trips - 2014" on the left margin.
 
Central Cascades
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This is a splendid walk that provides excellent views of the Skykomish River Valley from above Reit...
This is a splendid walk that provides excellent views of the Skykomish River Valley from above Reiter Pit. The hike is along an existing road that provides access to numerous side trails on old logging railroad grades. After leaving Reiter Road, stay to the left at the first fork and to the right on the second fork. After passing below the powerlines, follow the road up towards the east. At the first switch back, the old logging railroad grade continues on a traverse towards the east through a second growth forest. At Hogarty Creek, the descent to the creek is a foot trail paved with concrete masonary blocks. The foot trail continues up the other side of Hogarty Creek and heads east to Austin Creek. There are scars from old user built ORV trails that are healing along this area.

To reach the Copper Bell Mine, do not go out on the old RR Grade but continue west up the logging road to the next switchback in the road then keep to the left and follow a second switch back up to reach the mine site. Not much to see but by following the bouldering trails, one can climb above and up on one of the massive boulders and gain a splendid view looking west over Gold Bar down the Sky Valley. This area is home to a network of old railroad grades through second growth forest and large boulders including Five Star Boulder. We will post more as time allows including the location of the former smelter. The land with the road is private timber land on the old Copper Bell Mine Claim complex. The forested area surrounding the clear cut is BLM and DNR. Tread softly, no crowds up here.
 
Olympics -- SW Washington
Wildflowers blooming
Mudholes, Bugs
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It was a little frustrating getting to this hike due to our ignorance... we forgot to grab our Disco...
It was a little frustrating getting to this hike due to our ignorance... we forgot to grab our Discover Pass and had to drive back in to Olympia and buy one at Walmart. Once we finally made it out there it was a beautiful sunny day, not too warm and very quiet on the trail! It wasn't an incredibly hard trail by any means but it differed in terrain which was appealing aesthetically and physically! It was rather muddy and the largest problem with the trail was that the trail markers were terrible!! It's called Mima Falls because there was supposed to be a falls... but there were no markers to direct you to the falls. However, there were plenty of campsite markers...? We even stopped and received directions from an equestrian rider and never found the falls. We'll be back for sure as it felt like an adventure gone unconquered.

Nice hike, just be prepared for slippery mud puddles and bring a map, GPS or someone who has a gift of direction (I do not lol). Lots of pretty unique wildflowers and we saw a fawn, but booked it once we realized we didn't know where the mother was. Happy hiking!

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North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Blowdowns, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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The weather forecast was not favourable but it also seemed to be rather uncertain and changing quite...
The weather forecast was not favourable but it also seemed to be rather uncertain and changing quite a bit so we tried for a lucky break. It did not happen.

The NF-49 road is drivable to 300 m (1000 ft) before it forks to the North Fork Sauk River Trail. The last bit is covered by about 40 cm (16 in) of wet snow, should be gone pretty fast. At one point between mile 5 and 6 there is a spot the Forester just barely cleared (washout, water over the road surface). There is lots of fall down branches and debris on the road.

The North Fork Sauk River Trail #649 has intermittent dirty snow all the way to 1300 m (4300 ft). We skinned from mile 1 but there was a lot of walking, lot of crossing the short bare ground patches on skis. On the way back we had skins on from Mackinaw Shelter back to where we stashed hiking boots, this worked well for the terrain and conditions (rain on wet, dirty snowpack).

Continuous snow from around 1300 m (4300 ft). Made it to about 1850 m (6100 ft) on the S side of the ridge between White Mountain and Red Pass before turning back. Around 1800 m (5900 ft) the snow changed quite a bit from spring isothermal pack to 6 cm (2 in) crust buried under 5-10 cm (2-4 in) of new snow. The new snow was forming proto sastrugi on the spine of the rib we were skinning up. In the depression between the ribs a weak wind slab (possible cross loading). The storm snow was not bonded uniformly, it was sliding here and sticking there.

Several natural avalanches on S side (size 1-2, estimated 1-2 days old, likely from solar radiation, the biggest run about 250 m (800 ft), debris field 20 x 20m (70 x 70 ft) seen. No natural avalanche observed on Saturday.

Skiing the steep part sucked, the mellow terrain in the treed avy path bellow was much better but woefully short. A long way to get so little skiing done, good physical and mental workout though.

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Attempt at skiing Glacier Peak via White Mountain.
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Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
Water on trail
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This is s very pretty trail that is in great early season condition. There is a little water on the ...
This is s very pretty trail that is in great early season condition. There is a little water on the trail and a couple of small muddy spots, but the rest of the trail is perfect. There were some trillium blooming. We went all of the way to Ten Mile Shelter and back for a touch over 13 miles and a total elevation gain out and back of 1986 feet. More pictures and story here. http://hikemindedpeople.blogspot.com/[…]/lower-big-quilcene-trail.html
 
Eastern Washington -- Wenatchee
Wildflowers blooming
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Our hike at Horse Lake, in the hills overlooking Wenatchee, was a family day hike for the holiday we...
Our hike at Horse Lake, in the hills overlooking Wenatchee, was a family day hike for the holiday weekend. This was a little slower than our usual speed but a lovely afternoon.

We came up the abandoned road and back down the trail loop. The road and trail were dry and in reasonably good shape and the wildflowers were out. We were treated to blooming arrowroot and service berry through most of the trail. Do watch though for some ruts in the road in the last 1/2 mile or the road climb. The trail side was also busy with cyclists so keep your eyes open. The trail is narrow enough that hikers will need to step off the trail to let the cyclists through. Remember too to bring your sunscreen - there is no shade on this trail loop.

The view from the top on a clear day includes the entire Wenatchee valley and West into the Enchantment range. The Temple was stunning and gorgeous in its blanket of winter white.

 
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Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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We started the hike around 10 in the morning. All throughout the hike we were treated to gorgeous vi...
We started the hike around 10 in the morning. All throughout the hike we were treated to gorgeous views on all sides. The trails is very well maintained, and is a great workout. Good hiking boots definitely helped, we saw few people carrying poles as parts of it have loose gravel. Lots of wildflowers blooming, the top is a perfect spot for a picnic. Carry enough water, we hiked on a pleasant day but I guess it can get pretty hot on sunny days.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
Snow on trail
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Did the hike up to a completely snowed over Skyline Lake today with a group of about 50 mountaineeri...
Did the hike up to a completely snowed over Skyline Lake today with a group of about 50 mountaineering students as part of a Basic Alpine Climbing class. The road to Stevens was clear despite receiving 9 inches of fresh snow the night before. We arrived at Stevens Pass at 8:00AM and got hiking around 8:30. Without the help of snowshoes, we sunk into the snow up to our shins and, at times, even up to our knees.

Although this hike is short, we spent the nearly whole day outside in the snow practicing self arrest, glissading and avalanche awareness. The weather held out for us almost the entire day. The morning and early afternoon were sunny and pleasant, but toward the late afternoon we had snow which turned to rain by the time we returned to our cars around 4:00PM. Fun day hanging out in the snow with a bunch of happy climbers!
 
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Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area
Wildflowers blooming
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The weather was predicted to be rainy, but we managed to get in and out with clear blue skies. The t...
The weather was predicted to be rainy, but we managed to get in and out with clear blue skies. The trail is clear all the way to the lookout with some wildflowers in bloom. Lovely day to be out.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
Wildflowers blooming
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Second time hiking this. Last time was exactly a year ago. Still as beautiful as the first time. Lot...
Second time hiking this. Last time was exactly a year ago. Still as beautiful as the first time. Lots of spring flowers blooming and an awesome view.

Sorry to not see Mr Sauer and his wife's adorable painted Ladybug rocks at the trail head like last year. Hope they are well.

A note to hikers, this is a popular trail. Please be considerate of others when parking at the trail head. Very limited space. Park head in or back in but don't parallel park otherwise you take up a lot of parking space for other hikers. Mr Sauer is sometimes out directing people how to park so that they don't park "stupid". Help them out by being considerate of others and park correctly.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
Water on trail, Snow on trail, Road to trailhead inaccessible
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We headed east of the pass, fueled by the possibility of hiking in the sun. We followed these di...
We headed east of the pass, fueled by the possibility of hiking in the sun.

We followed these directions (from Hiking With My Brother):
I-90 to Exit 80. Head left over the freeway following Bullfrog Road to SR 903. Follow 903 for 10 miles through Roslyn and along Cle Elum Lake to FR 4305 (about 1/4 mile before the Wish-poosh Campground). Turn right into FR 4305 and follow for a half-mile to the first intersection. Veer left and continue on FR 4305 for another mile, watching for a sign pointing left to Sasse Mountain.

We parked on the side of the road a little before the Sasse mountain sign due to snow on the road and walked 1+ miles on the (snow covered) road to the trailhead.

As mentioned by @davethehawaiian, a map or GPS is recommended as a good chunk of the trail is snow covered. We got off track a few times but were able to find the trail again.

Beautiful views and it was nice to catch a few hours of sun before the stormy weather system moved in.

As we were driving back down, we saw a couple dirt bikers and trucks heading up but we saw no one else on the trail.
 
Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
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Rambled around the Sehome Hill Arboretum Saturday morning as part of a larger loop up from Fairhaven...
Rambled around the Sehome Hill Arboretum Saturday morning as part of a larger loop up from Fairhaven, through the arboretum and back around along the South Bay Trail. It is a nice bit of second growth forest just east of the Western Washington University campus. Also not to miss are the spectacular views from the observation tower and a peek through the tunnel.

Main parking/access is from the south right as you turn into the WWU campus, but there are many other trails that crisscross and provide access from the north end as well. A nice loop through the arboretum is a little over 2 miles, but you can add more distance, (and water views,) by dropping off the hill to the west at Fairhaven or Bellingham down to the South Bay trail.

Link to info and map of the arboretum - http://www.cob.org/[…]/sehome-arboretum.aspx
 
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Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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This was an excellent and easy short hike in the sun while the western slopes of the Cascades were g...
This was an excellent and easy short hike in the sun while the western slopes of the Cascades were getting a downpour. It was definitely a good afternoon for flowers. We started from the east trail head at the end of Cowiche Canyon Road (gravel). There is a map posted at the start, but it is not necessary. There may possibly be a leaflet for your use as you hike. We left the single flyer in its box, it was still there when we returned. The trail is completely level along the former railroad grade, although the gravel base is sometimes wearing to walk on. Shortly after passing the last of the houses and no trespassing signs (stay on the trail)we saw lots of evidence of beaver activity. We were told to look for an owl after the last house, but we did not see him, a snake (not a rattlesnake)slithered off into the brush. Bright Carey's Balsamroot and showy phlox greeted us on the slopes. Both wax currant and golden currant bushes were also in bloom. We saw Death Camas (new to us) a beautiful flower but deadly. The closer you get to the west end of the trail the more labels there are on the plants, that was a fun bonus. The creek was flowing merrily, and lots of opportunity for Maisie to have a drink. You can keep track of how far you have gone by the number of bridges, they are numbered 1-11 from west to east. No bridges at 9 and 10, but the path goes around. If you are planning to include a hike up to the winery - that trail, as well as the upland trail are closer to the east end than the west end.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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For the first timers and new to hiking we had a false start. We saw the Trailhead and continued stra...
For the first timers and new to hiking we had a false start. We saw the Trailhead and continued straight instead of taking left. After the wrong start we started hiking late at 12.30. It was wet and cold day. Thankfully no snow on the trail till the last part i.e the stones. You have to scramble up the stones to reach the summit. It was too wet and windy at the top so we did not attempt it. There were few who did attempt it successfully.

Overall it was muddy and wet trail. However we enjoyed the hike.
 
Eastern Washington -- Wenatchee
Wildflowers blooming
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Trail was dry all the way, did not even see much water in the river, but everything was fairly green...
Trail was dry all the way, did not even see much water in the river, but everything was fairly green. Some raptors in the meadow by the farmhouse. The back farmhouse door is open and it's kind of fun to explore the building. Past the lake their is a very well developed trail to take up to the top of the bluff. I walked around for a while but didn't see a whole lot up their, the trail turns into a jeep track and meanders through the desert. The canyon is a lot more fun to explore. This is my favorite hike in the area.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Snow on trail
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Mount Teneriffe via Kamikaze Falls is an awesome, albeit somewhat strenuous hike after the falls. A...
Mount Teneriffe via Kamikaze Falls is an awesome, albeit somewhat strenuous hike after the falls. After reaching Kamikaze Falls and waiting our turn to take a pic (read: popular hike, go EARLY), head up towards Teneriffe and the crowd thins significantly.
The route itself isn't on many maps but the trail is well defined. Trail was wet, terrain was a little soggy and varied with narrow paths on small switchbacks across rock fields and soft-dirt-and-roots. Really cool hillside route and very different from the manicured trails of new Mt. Si trail. Much of the route has some high and narrow step-ups on the path, and overall a pretty steep incline heading up the ridge. Snow line was about 3600' (PLENTY of snow) - at which point snow had a hard base with corn-snow on top. Micro-spikes VERY helpful and poles as well. Rain turned to snow, which turned to HEAVY snow towards the top which was fully and deeply covered in snow (getting the snow theme?). CAREFUL at the very top where the ridge has a deceiving cornice.. make sure you are sitting/standing on ROCK under that snow!
 
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Central Cascades
Wildflowers blooming
Mud/Rockslide, Mudholes, Water on trail
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Great hike. Can get pretty wet, so bring backup socks, and shoe options. We had to cross a larger cr...
Great hike. Can get pretty wet, so bring backup socks, and shoe options. We had to cross a larger creek that required me carrying my terrier across, I wasn't expecting that... it would have been nice if I had packed flip flops or something like that to wear across. There are a lot of side roads, there are arrows and tape for the most part, but they can be easy to miss. I'm thankful that I took a picture of the directions before leaving, helped us out a lot!
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Arrived at 8:30am and the trail wasn't too crowded. It was a nice day so we went over to the East P...
Arrived at 8:30am and the trail wasn't too crowded. It was a nice day so we went over to the East Peak. For the last mile there was snow on the trail, but still passable. By the time we got back to the Ledges to go down it was crowded. I have to agree with earlier posts - no trail etiquette, dogs running loose.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Blowdowns, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Arrived at the Talapus/Ollalie Lake trailhead at 7:30. We started about 7:45 going towards Talapus L...
Arrived at the Talapus/Ollalie Lake trailhead at 7:30. We started about 7:45 going towards Talapus Lake with the intention of going off trail after that to snowshoe up to Pratt Mt. We encountered snow a mile in which was about six inches to a foot deep and got deeper as we went. Getting to Talapus did required good boots We were carrying snowshoes and crampons, but neither were needed to get to the lake. I believe you can make it to Ollalie Lake as well without traction devices if you don't mind a little post holing.

Anyway we bypassed Talupus Lake and headed true North for about a 1/4 mile and at that point we turned 40 degrees N-NW. Going in that direction took us up the slope gradually towards the ridge. We did put on our snowshoes after getting tired of stepping through. The snow isn't quite consolidated on the slopes to just step up just yet. Snowshoeing up some parts were a little steep but once we hit the Pratt Mt ridge the elevation gain was manageable. We stopped for a break overlooking Pratt Lake at about 10:30 and then continued on with snowshoes on. We encountered a huge house size boulder which you can scramble over or down climb around it We decided to take our snowshoes off and downclimb around the boulder and then back up to the ridge with crampons. We made the decision to leave our snow shoes behind thinking that conditions were more favorable to kickstepping the rest of the way with less weight to carry. That was a mistake on our part. We ended up post holing a bit the rest of the way We made it to the top of Pratt about 12:00 Took a very short Lunch with the storm clouds moving in . We did have some grand 360 views of the surrounding peaks and the Pratt river below which I hadn't seen before. The Granite Mt Lookout is easily seen from this vantage point as well.

After quickly eating we headed down and not soon after it started snowing which I thought was kind of nice until it turned to rain as we got lower in elevation. After rounding the big boulder we put our snowshoes on and kept them on until we got past the Lakes. It rained till we got to the truck at about 2:30

Recommend snowshoes past Talapus Lake all the way to the top until snow conditions change which means that the snow will have to consolidate a bit. Beware of hiking close to the boulders as they have hidden holes that are quite deep and step slowly as well as there could be holes along the ridge The snow along ridge at lower end is about six ft deep with the peak being 10 ft or more deep. There are also cornices along the ridge to look out for as well. If you decide to do this hike please bring someone with you as we saw no one else on Pratt Mt. The cell phone service is spotty at best with only texts getting through sometimes.We did encounter six people and their dogs coming down at Talupus Lake.

I apologize for no photos as I forgot my camera and my Iphone when dead looking for service by the time we got to the top.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Blowdowns, Snow on trail, Road to trailhead inaccessible
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road to the trailheads was covered in snow - parked at the campground and hiked in less than a half ...
road to the trailheads was covered in snow - parked at the campground and hiked in less than a half mile from there. entire trail covered in a few feet of snow; pretty slushy but the trails are hikable with boots or snowshoes. Made it to Franklin Falls, but on the other trail decided not to risk the Denny Creek crossing and turn around there.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
No water source
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Packed Snow / Ice is pretty much absent from the trail except just below the bolder field and in the...
Packed Snow / Ice is pretty much absent from the trail except just below the bolder field and in the woods to the left of the boulder field where I had to go with my small dog. Wished I had instep crampons there - the boulder field where everyone else went was fine

Trail is very muddy.

Windy in the open on the way up and down except for strange reason on top where it was dead calm and had been for somewhile according to the two people eating lunch.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Wildflowers blooming
Snow on trail
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Started early, beat the crowds, beat the rain. The trail is fine, snow the last quarter mile into th...
Started early, beat the crowds, beat the rain. The trail is fine, snow the last quarter mile into the lake. We didn't use spikes on the way up, but put them on going down. It's chilly and windy at the lake, dress accordingly. If you think you're in shape, try the Serene Stairmaster! No matter how hard you work, you're never in quite the shape you want to be on the first real hike of the season. The mist at Bridal Veil falls will get your camera wet for sure, so bring something to wipe it off if you want to take pictures. This was not my first choice of a hike for a Saturday, but it was a close by hike, or nothing. Luckily, we mostly beat the hiking hordes of humanity by leaving at 6. BUT, RANT, On a trail as popular as this KEEP YOUR DOG LEASHED! My friend hikes with her dog, leashed, and steps off the trail, dog at her side, for all other hikers. Today a poorly trained, unleashed, dog, jumped all over her dog, and the owners wondered why Loki gave a little snarl? AND PACK OUT YOUR TRASH! The little pickup fairy does not live in these woods or reside in the bathrooms, which are still locked. SO people have been using the communal hill, BURY IT PEOPLE! REALLY! AND the garbage, you don't have to even hike it out your car is RIGHT THERE!, don't leave it in a pile by the loos, just throw it in your car in a plastic garbage bag! GRRR! Lots of trillium in bloom. Posted pictures of the snow level at the lake and plants(of course).
 
Puget Sound and Islands
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Walking or biking through this little natural area is part of my daily commute to work. This morning...
Walking or biking through this little natural area is part of my daily commute to work. This morning's sunrise was a little stormy and beautiful. It gives me a boost of 'outdoor energy' to get me through my day of work.

The highlight of my walk today was seeig 4 little ducklings with their mother kicking around in University Slough. I saw no youngsters in the ponds but they surely will be out and about soon.

This park is fun to visit regularly as one may watch the ducklings grow up over the course of the spring. In addition to ducks I saw numerous cormorants, red wing blackbirds, a bald eagle , and a great blue heron. Whew, quite a morning!


 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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We had intended to do the longer Snow Mountain Ranch loop but took the Cowiche Canyon Loop by mistak...
We had intended to do the longer Snow Mountain Ranch loop but took the Cowiche Canyon Loop by mistake. The trail is rustic, but easy to follow. The first mile in the clockwise direction is flat and all of the 1200 feet of elevation happen in the next 2 miles. The wind blew steadily which added to the difficulty, but the 6 mile loop took us under 2 hours with 25 lb packs. There were wildflowers in bloom and lots of tender sage. More pictures and story here. http://hikemindedpeople.blo[…]ch-cowiche-canyon-loop.html
 
Olympics -- Coast
Wildflowers blooming
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The hike was fantastic. Good views, healthy smells, and soothing sounds. Trail is slippery in spots ...
The hike was fantastic. Good views, healthy smells, and soothing sounds. Trail is slippery in spots on the boardwalk. Some great trail work being done. Putting more solid tread in places where it works, and replacing old wood.
 
South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
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This trail is in great shape. There are two, easy to step over, trees and a tiny little bit of snow ...
This trail is in great shape. There are two, easy to step over, trees and a tiny little bit of snow on the trail. Lots of water right now is making the creeks and falls just beautiful! I love the mossy rock walls and the staircase that helps you up the very steep section.

It didn't seem like 5 miles to the second viewpoint per the sign and my GPS read only 3 miles, it seemed more than that. I am left wondering if it was actually South Snoquera PT where we turned around or if there is another point to be explored.

It would be great to see a hiking guide here for this lovely trail.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Blowdowns, Mudholes, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Went up to Dirty Harry on a surprisingly sunny Friday... Super wet/rocky road up to the Balcony, bu...
Went up to Dirty Harry on a surprisingly sunny Friday...
Super wet/rocky road up to the Balcony, but beyond water-pretty solid stream/I mean trail--I would, however, definitely bring some good and waterproof footwear.
Beautiful views from the Balcony. But a foolish pride instilled in me when young kept me going to the summit. Hit snow after the turn by the talus. Deep, soft snow. A ton of work climbing all that way. Followed some very old snowshoe track--finally made summit, but it was gray everywhere in cloud! Fun coming back down--slip and slide.
Took an alternate trail back from the balcony--good 'trail sense' needed...
Beautiful day, recommend the balcony, the top--eh? Be prepared for a real heavy slog.
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Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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The wildflowers are out on the Yakima Skyline Ridge/Rim Trail! Lots of balsam root, lupine and assor...
The wildflowers are out on the Yakima Skyline Ridge/Rim Trail! Lots of balsam root, lupine and assorted others. I hiked the "old approach" accessing the L.T. Murray DNR from the south at the end of Buffalo Road north of Selah. Beautiful weather, blue skies, great views up and down Yakima River Canyon. I'd avoid the trail this weekend (April 19-20). Rainshadow Running is holding a 50K/25K trail run so you'd be dodging runners. The 18th was great! Had the trail to myself. Hiked to Gracie Point and back. Beautiful!
 
Mt. Rainier -- SE - Longmire / Paradise
Blowdowns, Snow on trail
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Because of the road work currently going on from Monday through Friday, there were delays so it too...
 Because of the road work currently going on from Monday through Friday, there were delays so it took us a little longer to get to Longmire. When we got started at the trailhead, I had to put my rain gear on as the snow from the trees melted and we were rained down by melting snow. There is a log on the trail that we had to crawl over, but not bad. The trail was clear of snow until we got closer to the ridge, then there was about an inch to an inch and a half of snow. We did not need snowshoes. We hiked to the high point where we could see the mountain. It was cold and windy and we had some good glimpses of the mountain. We did not do the loop but came back the same way we hiked up. I think the views are better. We enjoyed our hike as we had some sunshine.
 
Olympics -- West
Wildflowers blooming
Blowdowns, Bridge out, Mudholes, Water on trail
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This was an overnight hike to the Enchanted Valley in the Olympics. The trail up to Pyrites creek i...
This was an overnight hike to the Enchanted Valley in the Olympics. The trail up to Pyrites creek is in good condition, there are many small creek fords. There was a lot of water on the trail. Flowers starting to come out, found some bleeding hearts blooming! The bridge is out at Pyrites Creek. I was able to ford the creek where the trail meets the creek, there are no rocks exposed for rock hopping. The water is swift, cold and just above my knees. I took it slow and used my hiking poles for support. The trail from Pyrites Creek to the valley has multiple trees down on the trail, a couple of those are huge and there is no way around them so be prepared to go off trail to get around them. The Chalet is still standing but the ground under it is eroding away. Very sad. Beautiful Valley!
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Wildflowers blooming
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Wow, the falls are seriously going off right now. Spring is definitely the time to visit Teneriffe ...
Wow, the falls are seriously going off right now. Spring is definitely the time to visit Teneriffe Falls. We visited on a friday mid-day and only encountered a few other parties on the trail, and were by ourselves while actually at the upper falls. The day was mostly cloudy and cool, and it was quite chilly and damp at the falls, but we found a nice boulder with a view in the sunshine for a lunch break on the way back down.

Much of the hike is an easy grade along an old road/wide trail. It is not well-marked at all with any official signs, but users have left rock arrows and makeshift signs to point the way. Most of the elevation gain is in the last 3/4 miles in a series of rocky switchbacks, where things suddenly become quite scenic as you alternate between views of the valley and the steep stream tumbling down from the falls. Sturdy shoes are a good idea. The falls after a spring rain are well worth the vertical challenge. :-)

Trillium and salmonberry blossoms are blooming.

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South Cascades -- Mt. St. Helens
Snow on trail
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Stayed the evening in Cougar, Wa and drove to the trailhead with a party of 4 Friday morning. The r...
Stayed the evening in Cougar, Wa and drove to the trailhead with a party of 4 Friday morning. The road to the trailhead at marble mountain snow park was snow free and we did not hit snow until about a mile into the hike. The weather started off partly cloudy but by the time we hit the 4800 foot mark it was a blue bird day and the sun we torching us. Snowshoes were not required and no traction device all the way to the summit was required snow was soft! We did get above the clouds and that was pretty awesome to see. Hiked with girlfriend and parents took us 7 hours to reach the summit and 4 hours to get back to the car. There were about 18 people on the mountain that day. We had the only two dogs. Dogs did great they were exhausted by the end but had no problems on the trip.
 
Olympics -- North
Wildflowers blooming
Mudholes, No water source
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A couple minutes' worth of hike video clips: http://youtu.be/xX12n_IaJCs Only 6 other hikers seen...
A couple minutes' worth of hike video clips: http://youtu.be/xX12n_IaJCs

Only 6 other hikers seen all day, despite it being Good Friday.
Trail is steep and beautiful, switchbacking up through a lush forest of huge fir & cedar, continuing up and around moss covered outcroppings to the spectacular halfway point - a moss covered overlook. From there, a bit more level until the last half mile which is the steepest section, taking you up t the end of the maintained trail at 3300 ft.
Enjoyed scrambling the ridge until building clouds chased me off.
Got a treat on the way down when a blue grouse let me get very close while he did his mating calls - good video clip of that..
 
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Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
Bridge out, Water on trail
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Super muddy but a great hike. A little dicey at the washed out bridge had to traverse over wet logs...
Super muddy but a great hike. A little dicey at the washed out bridge had to traverse over wet logs about 7 feet above a swollen raging stream that was moving as fast as most rivers. A fantastic hike that loops into Talus.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Much of what was said in the previous trip report is still true. Beautiful hike in a wild and remot...
Much of what was said in the previous trip report is still true. Beautiful hike in a wild and remote area, extremely well-maintained despite pretty rough terrain. Hikers should note that the original road to the trailhead is defunct, and they must park at the South Shore Spada Lake recreation area. This makes for a shorter drive but a longer hike, about five miles longer in fact (2.5 miles each way).
The creek crossings before you reach the trailhead were sketchy and a bit deeper than they were the last time I was here, around November. There was a lot of running water on the actual Greider Lakes trail and some snow at the lakes, especially between the big lake and the little lake.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Wildflowers blooming
Water on trail
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The driving directions for this trail say it's 4.5 miles from I-90, but my odometer showed just 3. ...
The driving directions for this trail say it's 4.5 miles from I-90, but my odometer showed just 3.

The trail was fine, filled with water in a few places, but passable.

It was a rainy Thursday afternoon, so I didn't see anyone else on the trail.
 
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South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
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This was a rainy thursday afternoon, just my dog and I. We saw only one other person and their dog t...
This was a rainy thursday afternoon, just my dog and I. We saw only one other person and their dog the whole trip.

I started from the FR 73 trailhead, went to the falls and about a mile past before turning around. I also went about halfway up the boot path to the falls, but came back down, not a good path for the dog.


No snow on the trail, no blowdowns to climb over and only a few muddy patches. I saw elk by the river, as well as a couple very charismatic ducks. We had a great time on this trail, very easy and relaxing.
 
Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
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This is a nice quiet rainy day forest hike at Cougar Mountain Park. The forest understory is bright ...
This is a nice quiet rainy day forest hike at Cougar Mountain Park. The forest understory is bright green now. The trees are just beginning to get their leaves. The trailhead is an obscure pull out that holds only 3 cars. It is on SR 900 a few hundred yards south of NW Talus Dr. Bear Ridge Trail is a nice easy incline. The trail is in nice condition. At 1mi you will reach an intersection with a trail that leads to the Talus development. This will be your return path. In another 1/2 mile you will reach a big boulder named Fantastic Erratic. This rock was carried to Issaquah from Canada on the surface of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet during the last ice age! After a few switchbacks the trail levels out and traverses wet terrain with several small creeks. Turn right on the Shangri La trail. After about 1/2 mile there will be an unmarked trail intersection near the Talus development. Take a right turn on a muddy service road that leads to 2 large green water towers. Come out onto the paved access road and head down to NW Harmony Way. Turn right and you will see a trailhead kiosk on the right at the 2nd driveway. Road walking is minimal and allows for a nice loop. This trail leads you back to the Bear Ridge trail where you turn left to get back to the trailhead. 4 miles RT and 700ft elevation gain. You can lengthen the route by taking the West Tibbetts Creek trail deeper into the interior of Cougar mountain.
 
Puget Sound and Islands
Wildflowers blooming
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This is an urban hike taken from the 'Seattle Stairway Walks' book, walk #14. Start at Volunteer Par...
This is an urban hike taken from the 'Seattle Stairway Walks' book, walk #14. Start at Volunteer Park,(we parked at the Asian Art Museum),go past the water tower and follow Highland DR to E Galer ST. You will find a big ravine with wood stairs, follow the stairs. There is a fork with 2 trails, we did it opposite from the arrows in the book and took the righthand trail. Both trails go thru the woods and you will come back on the left trail. Hit Boyer St and follow this to the outskirts of the arboretum. We followed the path until we hit E Lynn then turned onto E Lynn. We had a little trouble with the book map at this point, as the street leading back to the ravine trail wasn't marked. It is 22nd, follow this and run right into the ravine stairs. Follow the trails back to the ravine and E Galer ST. Turn on 17th,the turn on E Garfield,go around the cemetery and back to the park. Admire the stately old houses with mature trees on the way. Need more? Climb the stairs up the tower for some nice views. I know this isn't a hike in the traditional terms, but you don't have to drive too far, there's woods, and from Everett it is still an outing. The book lists it at 4+ miles. If you are not familiar with downtown, I highly recommend copying the map in the book. Wild bleeding heart, red currant, salmonberry. oxalis and elderberry in bloom in the ravine.
 
Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
Blowdowns
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We hiked 0.8 mile to the junction where you go right to cross the new bridge to do the 2 mile loop. ...
We hiked 0.8 mile to the junction where you go right to cross the new bridge to do the 2 mile loop. The river and rapids in this section were beautiful as always. After walking on the bridge, we returned to this junction to hike the 1.2 miles to Four Stream. This is a very beautiful trail along the South side of the North Fork Skokomish River which takes you to Four Stream. Despite the 15 blowdowns which needed to be stepped over in varying degrees of difficulty, this was a very enjoyable trail through a forest of beautiful old growth trees with a lush green understory of moss covered rocks, stumps, and fallen logs. No one else was on this section of the trail. We had light rain all day which added to the beauty of the trail. Flowers seen were trillium, calypso orchids, yellow violets, and Indian plum. We saw 2 pair of harlequin ducks, mergansers, and American dippers.
 
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Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area
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An otherwise wonderful hike along the Little Spokane River ended poorly when our group returned to t...
An otherwise wonderful hike along the Little Spokane River ended poorly when our group returned to the trailhead at Indian Painted Rocks and discovered that two vehicles had been broken into. This is a popular trailhead and very close to the main road--which in theory would make it safe, but unfortunately also provides too easy access for thieves. One vehicle had a window broken out, and the other had a door opened via slim-jim.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Wildflowers blooming
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Starting at the Rattlesnake Lake end, my friend and I hiked to the trail head at Exit 27 off I 90, i...
Starting at the Rattlesnake Lake end, my friend and I hiked to the trail head at Exit 27 off I 90, in the drizzle. We met a crew from the Conservation Corps who had just completed clearing multiple downed trees. The trail is in excellent condition, still patches of icy snow on the way to East Peak and along the top. Big temperature difference and flora development between the top and the bottom. Be aware that Rattlesnake Ridge where so many people turn around is only half way to the top so be prepared to continue climbing for a total of 4 miles. In spite of rain, we loved the hike, all the new trilium, thimble berry, dog tooth violet blooms and fresh new leaves. Completed the hike in just under 6 hours with a short lunch break.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Mudholes, Water on trail, No water source
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I hiked to Goldmyer Hot Springs on 16 April with a friend. Before going into the trail and hot sprin...
I hiked to Goldmyer Hot Springs on 16 April with a friend. Before going into the trail and hot springs, I need to talk about the road to get to the trail head. The road, middle fork road, is not very good. As many other reports have stated it is full of large potholes, some parts are washed out and its very rocky. Luckily, even with all the rain, it was not very muddy just wet. I was able to get through it with my 2012 Subaru Forester without to much of a problem. I would highly recommend a SUV/Truck with similar or better ground clearance. Right now 4x4 or AWD is not required, but would be a good idea. Tire chains are not needed. The road is unpaved for about 16mi, of which 10mi is pretty bad; it took us a little less than an hour to drive the road each direction.

Once you reach the end of the road you are at the trail head, according to the website there are two trails, we decided to take the shorter trail which is 4.5mi each direction. The trail is pretty much flat with only minimal elevation gain/loss and the little there is, is quite gentile. The trail also follows what seems to be a fire road until the very end, right before the cabin. We both agreed that the steepest part of the trail is the last 1/4mi from the Goldmyer cabin to the actual springs. The trail took us about 1.5hrs to hike and is in very good condition. Obviously with the rain it was wet and there were some big puddles.

The springs themselves are awesome! We were there for way longer than anticipated, but the time flew by. It was also our lucky day and the entire time we were there it was just us in the tubs.

After we got dressed again we hiked back the same route and it took about the same 1.5hrs to get to the car. We had to drive back down the road in the dark, which was not a big deal.

Overall, if you have a SUV/Truck with 7ish+ inch ground clearance you will be fine, just take it slow. Highly recommend checking out the springs, but make sure to visit the website to see the deal about the 20 spots/day and how many are left.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Mudholes, Water on trail
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Hiked with an out of town friend and my dog today on a very wet trail! Saw a group of upper middle a...
Hiked with an out of town friend and my dog today on a very wet trail! Saw a group of upper middle aged ladies getting out there and enjoying the trail system, a lone man, a family of four with two small kids and two teenage girls. Love a light day on this trail which can easily see hundreds on a beautiful weekend day.

Despite wet conditions clouds briefly cleared allowing patchy views of Mt Si and the town below. One of my favorite hikes on a light day!
 
Central Cascades -- Blewett Pass
Wildflowers blooming
Snow on trail
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We hiked just two miles up the Ingalls Creek Trail, enough to get a taste of emerging Spring. Ing...
We hiked just two miles up the Ingalls Creek Trail, enough to get a taste of emerging Spring.

Ingalls Creek was full to the brim, a few patches of snow covered the trail when it dipped to the Creek basin, and the first Woodland Stars and Glacier Lilies were in bloom.

A lovely late afternoon walk; in a month the wildflowers will be profuse and the lingering snow gone from the lower half of this trail.
 
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Olympics -- North
Wildflowers blooming
Blowdowns
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Left out of the lodge through the various campgrounds to the CCC cabin and bridge. All fine and nic...
Left out of the lodge through the various campgrounds to the CCC cabin and bridge. All fine and nice falls. Came back on the other side of the river to the lodge. Quite a bit of blowdown. Only suggestion is to do the loop in the other direction (counterclockwise), since the section after we left the falls has many roots and stones for a while. Easier to go up this type of terain than down. No snow.
 
Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
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The TH is at MP 9.3 on the Hamma Hamma Road. This trail is listed in Audubon's Olympic Loop of The G...
The TH is at MP 9.3 on the Hamma Hamma Road. This trail is listed in Audubon's Olympic Loop of The Great Washington State Birding Trail. The trail drops fairly steeply from the TH to begin a 0.7 mile loop around the lake. There are several benches along the way for resting while bird watching. We saw only one goldeneye which flew in as we were leaving. Trillium, coltsfoot, yellow violets, and Indian plum were the flowers seen. Before hiking this short trail, we drove to the end of the Hamma Hamma Road to view the Hamma Hamma Falls which is another falls listed in the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail Brochure. Bob hiked to a view of the falls, but the trail was too precarious for me! You can read more info at the following website: Http://www.OlympicPeninsulaWaterfallTrail.com
 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
No water source
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Access:The trail starts at a small undeveloped parking area just west of the intersection of HWY 410...
Access:The trail starts at a small undeveloped parking area just west of the intersection of HWY 410 and 12. Look for a small bridge crossing the creek flowing in Waterworks Canyon.

Things to consider:Discover Pass required. This is a relatively steep "hiker/game" trail. Depending on pace, allow up to 3 hours to the summit.

Trip description: My preferred route- about 5 minutes into the hike, climb the west ridge as rapidly as you can. This gets you up so you have views for the entire climb. Once on top of the first ridge, climb a broad basin, then follow game trails along multiple "false summits, to the summit. On the summit, look north to the Enchantments.

Flora and fauna: Lower down- balsam root, pink phlox, lupine, a few death camas, multiple small flowers; mid mountain-lomatium, daisy, and multiple small flowers; upper mountain-violets, white phlox, yellow bells, prairie starflower, bitterroot greening up, and multiple small flowers.

Deer, sheep(followed me at a distance for about 20 minutes), bull snakes(didn't follow me), lizards, grouse.
 
Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area
Wildflowers blooming
No water source
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We were planning a two night hike starting from Lakeview Ranch, connecting south on the Odessa Lake ...
We were planning a two night hike starting from Lakeview Ranch, connecting south on the Odessa Lake Creek Trail. The trip turned into an overnighter, as there wasn't enough water. We hiked to Waukesha Springs, followed the muddy creek down to the point where it goes over the cliff and found a small mud pit. Since we wanted to stay the night, we dug a hole in the creek, created a small dam, and let the hole fill with water. Once the mud settled, we filled reservoirs using a cup, then let the water settle, then filtered and treated the water. Cattle, elk and coyotes all use this spring, as well as other unseen wildlife. That was too much work for a few liters of water, so we decided to return home the next day.
The trails are in good shape though very dusty. We camped using the basalt cliffs as windbreaks and were serenaded by coyotes and owls all night long. This is a remote place, so were concerned about the safety of the car, but it was fine and unharmed when we returned to the trailhead.
If you go, plan to just do a day-hike, bring lots of water, and don't go in the summer - this is a spring or fall hike.
There were some wildflowers, mostly arrowroot. The views of the cliffs are great and I'd love to see the lakes when they're full of water. We saw lots of birds, including a bald eagle.

To get here from I-90, go to Odessa and continue straight through town. This will take you out to the road that is signed for the Lakeview Ranch BLM site.
 
South Cascades -- Columbia Gorge
Wildflowers blooming
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What a nice spring hike! It was raining in Vancouver and sunshiny at Catherine Creek, so I felt rath...
What a nice spring hike! It was raining in Vancouver and sunshiny at Catherine Creek, so I felt rather smug about our hiking group going east to hike.

This hike is unique in that it offers so much diversity in such a short distance. You can check out an old corral in a grassy meadow, examine a basalt cliff with a natural arch, and walk down a grassy slope with sweeping views of the Columbia River.

Pockets of wildflowers provided visual treats as we made the loop. There was a wide variety of flowers, and my group stopped frequently to capture up-close photos of the different kinds. Besides the normal spring wildflowers that appear in the gorge, we saw white death camas and the relatively rare chocolate lily.

The only negative was that the wind was exceptionally strong, with gusts making it difficult to walk on the rocky downhill portion of the hike. I regret not preparing for the buffeting wind by bringing a hat to keep my hair out of my face. Oh well, it wasn’t enough to keep this from being a good hiking experience.
 
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Eastern Washington -- Wenatchee
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This is not a trip report per se, but valuable information nevertheless. We were running out of t...
This is not a trip report per se, but valuable information nevertheless.

We were running out of time but decided to check out the Northrup Canyon trail from the parking lot and signboard before heading home. The signboard had nothing helpful about the trail, not even a map. But the worst part was the commercial Tour bus backed up against the gated road/trail (with its diesel engine running of course). We stuck around for several minutes, watching dozens of tourists walking back to the bus. I asked one what they had seen, and she replied, “Not much. If we had gone further, we could have seen the old homestead. But really all we got to see was an old garbage dump.”

Presumably, the bird watching would be better on a less crowded day. We left, content that we weren’t missing out on seeing wildlife along the trail on that particular day.

So if you prefer your hikes to be quiet and uncrowded, be aware that there are guided tours from this trailhead. Plan accordingly!
 
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North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Snow on trail
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A Monday afternoon, we had 3 people and 2 dogs in our group and saw about 10 other people and 4 or 5...
A Monday afternoon, we had 3 people and 2 dogs in our group and saw about 10 other people and 4 or 5 dogs during our hike. This trail clearly gets tons of use in the summer months.

Road to trailhead was fine, beware some very big potholes. We reached packed snow on the trail maybe 1/4 mile before the lake. The lake was still mostly frozen over, snow on all sides.

The lake basin was stunning in the snow and sun!
 
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Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
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It was a perfect day for this hike. We were a little concerned that we would not be able to see the ...
It was a perfect day for this hike. We were a little concerned that we would not be able to see the islands due to the weather forecast. When we got to the top it was clear snd the views are amazing. We sat in the sun and enjoyed the view of the islands. This is is definitely a good thigh burner but totally worth it. There were a few muddy spots but other than that the trail is in great shape.
 
Issaquah Alps
Wildflowers blooming
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We began our hike up to Holder Knob from the King County Parks trailhead just off of 276th Ave. SE, ...
We began our hike up to Holder Knob from the King County Parks trailhead just off of 276th Ave. SE, east of the Highway 18 Hobart-Issaquah Interchange. There is a large gravel parking area for horse trailers and cars, but no restroom. The lower part of the Holder Ridge Trail goes through an alder/maple forest before it starts climbing up the hillside to more open areas. At the first switchback there is a short side trail over to a viewpoint with a picnic table and a view south to Mt. Rainier. The main trail then makes its way to the top of a ridge, where we good see west to the Olympic Mountains, and goes around the east end, then drops back down to cross a small creek. From the creek the trail goes back up to a junction with the Holder Knob Trail. We hiked it to the top of Holder Knob and found a great place for lunch. There are two horse hitching rails and a picnic table. Plus another great view south to Rainier, Little Tahoma and the Willis Wall.

After lunch we hiked down the Road/Trail D to Road A, then took the lower section of the Holder Knob Trail up to the junction with the Holder Ridge Trail and took that trail back to the trailhead parking lot.

Only saw a few other hikers on this trip, so no crowds. No horses on the trails we hiked. The trails were dry today, but can be muddy during rainy weather. It was nice to hiked a trail I had not done before, while Sally had hiked it three years ago. Better to do the hike before the leaves on the tree come out for good views.

Stats for this hike: 5 miles round trip and 1,100' of gain.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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As previous reports stated, the trail is dry and clear all the way to the summit. No blowdowns, mud...
As previous reports stated, the trail is dry and clear all the way to the summit. No blowdowns, mud, or snow. The ice patch reported by Kalman Brauner melted out today with only a little ice left well coated in dirt for good traction.

The old trail up Mount Si is indeed steep and my legs are not convinced that it is shorter than the regular trail. I took the boulder loop trail up the old road both up to the trailhead and back down. The old Mt. Si trail starts along the high point of the loop at an unmarked set of rock steps. From there it ascends a long rocky climb to a small level patch and then up the devil's staircase. This section is steep, rugged, and nasty. It ends at an old abandoned road well blocked off to guide hikers on the second leg of this trail.

From the abandoned road the trail zig zags through 24 switchbacks (not counting turns) to the place where it almost touches the regular trail. Between switchback #8 and switchback #13, the trail is badly sloughed in many parts. Also there are several places in this section where people have cut switchbacks, threatening trail erosion.

When the old trail finally emerges from the woods and almost joins the regular trail, it turns left and climbs steadily and steeply right up the spine of the ridge perhaps another 200 ft gain before at last joining the regular trail. From there to the Haystack it is bone dry and clear. A few small patches of snow remain in some hollows but they will disappear soon.

Lots of people on both the old and the regular trails today and many dogs - some without leashes. A couple of guys climbed the Haystack but did not see any goats.
 
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Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
Wildflowers blooming
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CAR WAS TOWED. Beware. We came back from a wonderful hike that was perfect to kick start the 2014 se...
CAR WAS TOWED. Beware. We came back from a wonderful hike that was perfect to kick start the 2014 season to find no car. A quick walk up to the oyster restaurant to get the phone book and track down where Petes Towing is. Long story short, If you are hiking Oyster Dome make sure your tires are not touching (evenly slightly) the white line on the shoulder. Since there was only 2 inches between my right set of tires and the drop off, I figured keeping one inch of tire on the white line would be OK. $315 to get my car back and luckily I had a friend there to take me all the way back to Burlington. The tow company said one other car was towed as well, and when we were leaving I counted 8 more cars that were parked the same or worse than I. The hike was beautiful though!
 
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North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Avalanche danger
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A solid day of good weather not many people was needed. Took a walk up to Lk 22. 3 rigs in the parki...
A solid day of good weather not many people was needed. Took a walk up to Lk 22. 3 rigs in the parking lot at 10:30, lot's of window glass on the ground.

Open area has a larg slide over trail. Upper part is looking iffy, Older folks and kids may not be able to get over or through it. And the up hill side is looking like it's all just hangging waiting to come down. I told a FS Ranger in the parking lot aobut it. News to them.

Snow at the lake, seen my fist Avi. From there I was in the Silverton area poking around, Great Day to be out.
 
Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
Wildflowers blooming
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A sunny morning! I exited Highway 18 at the "Tiger Summit," drove 0.3 miles to the trailhead parking...
A sunny morning! I exited Highway 18 at the "Tiger Summit," drove 0.3 miles to the trailhead parking area and started up the Iverson RR Trail. It's a pleasant forested walk with lots of trilliums and yellow violets blooming. The trail climbs 200 ft or so, then is fairly level for about 1.5 miles when it drops back down to end at the West Side Road.

I continued on the road 0.3 miles to the crossing of the main Tiger Mountain Trail, the TMT. My goal was to hike the central portion of the TMT, from the road north to the 15 Mile RR Grade. I had hiked the southern and northern sections of the TMT earlier this year. (Sometime I'd like to do the entire TMT as a through-hike in a single day.)

The TMT initially skirts a clear-cut section, then makes a sharp left turn to begin a traverse around Karl's Peak. The sharp turn used to be signed "Zeig's Zag," and it's still shown that way on the map although the sign is long gone.

At the "Zag" a rudimentary - and today rather muddy - path continues on straight. It's worth exploring. A few feet down the path an unofficial sign appears proclaiming the "Artifacts Trail," and a few feet beyond that is the site of the wreck of a Woods and Iverson logging train on February 23, 1925. Much was salvaged at the time and only a few pieces remain today. But it's still an interesting site to visit, and just a few feet off the TMT. More of the history is recounted in a Seattle Times article available at

   http://community.seattletim[…]=20030527&slug=wreck27e

I continued on the TMT, leaving the clear-cut behind at Karl's Gap, passed Millan's Crossing (of the Middle Tiger Trail,) and noted signs for Denny's Bulge and Paul's Cove (the map says it's actually Hal's Cove.) When I reached Custer's Bridge over Fifteen Mile Creek it looked very familiar (I was there last week on a hike from the north side.)

For my return, I continued the quarter mile on the 15 Mile RR Grade to reach the Main Tiger Mountain Road and walked the road south a mile to reach the gated access to the Middle Tiger Trail. It begins as a forest "road," with good views of W. Tiger #1 with its many towers across the canyon.

The road soon narrows to a trail and quickly reaches the forested summit of Middle Tiger. It seems a very minor summit, but at 2,607 feet its a few feet higher than the oft-hiked W. Tiger #3. The map indicates the summit offers a view. Perhaps it did once, but forest growth has long obscured it.

I descended the Middle Tiger Trail to reach the TMT at Millan's Crossing, then returned to the trailhead the way I had come.

Trail conditions were generally good today. Muddy sections were few, except at the beginning of the "Artifacts Trail." There were no major blowdowns.

In addition to the trilliums and violets, I counted bleeding heart, coltsfoot, salmon berry, miner's lettuce and Oregon grape.

I did encounter a few other hikers, plus two bikers, on the Iverson. But I had the other trails, and the road, all to myself.
 
Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
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5 minutes of video clips from the hike: http://youtu.be/m9AsG5zaL3Y Trail is in great shape. For f...
5 minutes of video clips from the hike: http://youtu.be/m9AsG5zaL3Y
Trail is in great shape. For flowers, saw trillium, red flowering currant, avalanche lilies and lady slipper orchids. Only about 20 other hikers all day.
April is a great time for this popular hike - no crowds on the trail yet, lake is full from snowmelt, spring flowers starting up and no biting bugs!
Had a wonderful time with my good friend Dan, admiring the huge trees, the enormous moss-covered boulders, cascading creeks, picturesque trail bridges and then of course the dramatic alpine lake. A friendly butterfly even landed on my hand a few times!
 
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