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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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!
 
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

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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!
 
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Blowdowns, Snow on trail
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Geezer Patrol + spouse headed out with great fervor on a fine morning as this hike has been on our t...
Geezer Patrol + spouse headed out with great fervor on a fine morning as this hike has been on our to-do list for some time now. With the opening of the gate at Barlow Pass, the lure proved unresistable. That undaunted fervor however rapidly faded as the members observed the mounting snow piles along the road and the outside temperature dropping to 32F despite assurances from the hike planner (moi) that all would be well. Visions of a slow death ensconced in chest deep slush darkened the mood. Even though the trailhead parking lot had 10" of snow, the sunshine streaming down on the trailhead pooper presaged a fine day. No-one else was here!
The trail is an old logging road that immediately provides a route choice 300 yards in. We chose the upper Elliot trail which was a bit disconcerting as it immediately heads off in the wrong direction for about a half mile. Fear not, as it finally heads southeast on a nice, steady gradient and NO SNOW. With the bordering deciduous trees not yet bloomed, there is almost continuous view to the peaks west - a very easy trail on the feet.
After passing the convergence with the lower Elliot trail, the path thru the humungous cedar forest makes you want to stay there forever. Your neck will ache following these babies skyward. After leaving the grove, the trail begins its pronounced upward movement with several significant blowdown and stream crossings required. Glad to have the hiking poles along. When you hear MacIntosh falls, beware the immediate uphill 180 the trail takes LEFT away from the falls next to a large rootball. Instead, we eagerly plodded straight ahead on the remains of a cedar planked wagon road to the base of the falls only to find that we had completely lost the trail after our picture taking session there. Scrambling straight uphill 100 yards east alongside the falls, we finally re-encountered the main trail and shortly ambled out into the open by the lake outlet on a snowfield.
The lake is still covered with ice and snow but no matter since we had the sun shining on our luncheon spot and by now the air temp had rocketed to over 50F. The lake shore is dry and free of snow for ample sunbathing opportunities while enjoying the views south to Foggy Peak.
Being naturally adventurous and only slightly footsore, we elected to return along the lower Elliot trail. I do not recommend doing that for a few more weeks as most of that trail is covered with soft snow up to 18" deep in places. The constant strain on the ankles and awkward foot loading makes one hunger for Jack Daniels and a bag of analgesics. Have you ever driven your car with Elephantiasis of the feet? It is real pretty in there however, as the trail follows close to the river on the lower sections.
So, go on a weekday if you can. Play hookie from work. We spent the whole day by ourselves, nary a soul insight. This has to be one of our most scenic ventures in the woods.
 
Mt. Rainier -- NW - Carbon River / Mowich
Bridge out, Mud/Rockslide, Washouts
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I had intended to do a trail run along the Carbon River to the suspension bridge at the upper crossi...
I had intended to do a trail run along the Carbon River to the suspension bridge at the upper crossing right below the Carbon Glacier moraine. However, at the junction of the lower crossing, the bridge is washed out. I attempted to use the trail on the south side despite the signage saying it was closed (I know, I know but I hate being stopped short of a goal) but there are several washouts along that trail and I eventually turned around after a about a quarter of a mile due to a slide/washout that wasn't really safe to cross with only trail running gear with me.

Not much in pictures but just wanted to get the info out there for those looking to get farther upstream.

Plus side, no snow on trail throughout the trip!
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Snow on trail
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I went back with a friend today to do Bandera Mountain after doing Defiance two days before. Beautif...
I went back with a friend today to do Bandera Mountain after doing Defiance two days before. Beautiful weather today and decent snow conditions. Snow became consistent at around 3800 feet. We decided to go almost straight up the main snowfield before the ridge leading to Little Bandera. We made it to the top of Little Bandera in 2 hours and began the ridge traverse to Bandera at about 9AM.

Watch out for cornices on the ridge! There was a well established set of tracks right on the edge of the ridge, on top of some pretty sizable cornices. We even saw significant cracks in the snow/ice below where well established tracks (likely from this past weekend) were. This path didn't safe very safe so we elected to stay a ways below the ridge for most of the traverse. Made it to the top of Bandera at 9:45. The views were spectacular so we stayed for about 45 minutes.

Two and a bit hours later after some glissading we were back at the car.

Used: Microspikes, Snowshoes, Trecking poles.
 
Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
Wildflowers blooming
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It was a beautiful morning for a hike in Anacortes. Cranberry Lake was placid. The waterfowl were ...
It was a beautiful morning for a hike in Anacortes. Cranberry Lake was placid. The waterfowl were calm, and spring flowers were blooming.

I used the 29th St. access and took trail 104 to the south end of the lake. I hiked the perimeter counter-clockwise and took trail 106 south when I returned to the south end of the lake and checked out the Beaver Pond.

All trails are in good condition. No bugs yet.

What an enjoyable way to start the day...
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Blowdowns, Snow on trail
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Wonderful day for hiking! Sun shining and birds chirping, all of that... First half of trail, easy...
Wonderful day for hiking! Sun shining and birds chirping, all of that...
First half of trail, easy going through a spring-smelling forest. Second half begins the snow, eventually the whole hillside becomes snow. Chutes in morning were crisp and hard (a generous open night sky), but softened very quickly as the day progressed. Trail becomes a multi-pathed mess--stay low (to the hiker's left) or else you'll end up climbing Silver Peak!
Annette was lovely--complete solitude with a simple waterfall as background for three hours! Met two parties coming up trail on way back, but snow had softened considerably...I'd say go early morning, understand conditions, be okay with steeps, and possess solid route-finding skills. But still, pretty simple and beauteous hike.
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Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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My old friend, Jeff, whom I hadn't seen in probably 10 years, was passing through the area today and...
My old friend, Jeff, whom I hadn't seen in probably 10 years, was passing through the area today and we met up at Umtanum Canyon for an afternoon hike. We walked about 2.5 miles up the canyon and back. We had no difficulty crossing the creek. We didn't see a lot of wildflowers, no bighorn sheep, & there were plenty of other hikers in the canyon, but the cottonwoods were that lovely lime green that they have when they are just leafing out. It was a sunny, warm day & they were spectacular. It was a wonderful afternoon with an old friend.
 
South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
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Got to the trailhead by 9, but spent about 20 minutes walking around till I realized there are 2 tra...
Got to the trailhead by 9, but spent about 20 minutes walking around till I realized there are 2 trail entrances at the parking lot for the longer route.

Hike was well graded, no obstruction, and pretty dry except at the falls. There were definitely some slippery areas. There was a tiny bit of snow very close to the falls, but I'm sure has melted since yesterday.

There's also a geocache I found on accident. I wrote my twitter name on a piece of paper on there. Add yours and add me:)
 
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Olympics -- East
Blowdowns, Snow on trail
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This is a great hike on a clear day. It is a bit of work to get to the top, but the views make it wo...
This is a great hike on a clear day. It is a bit of work to get to the top, but the views make it worth it. Make sure you climb up the rock at the top of the trail. If the weather is right, this will get you unobstructed views of Rainier, Helens, and Hood, plus you've got the Olympics all around you.

There is a bit of snow once you get past the summit loop. I'd recommend traction and poles, but they are not necessary. This part of the trail is well marked by foot traffic and orange/red ribbons on the trees. After enjoying the views, get ready to test your knees and thighs on the downhill!
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Arrived at 10:30 AM. Parking lot and nearby parking all full. Parked .5 miles away on road. I ha...
Arrived at 10:30 AM. Parking lot and nearby parking all full. Parked .5 miles away on road.

I had never brought my kids (15 and 12 years old) on this trail due to its popularity but we decided late in the morning that a hike was in order for such a beautiful day. Mt. Si makes a great last minute hike so off we went.

Crowds as expected on this beautiful warm spring Sunday. Trail in great shape. No mud.

View at the top: Miles of blue sky, Mt. Rainier, the Sound, and great views of the nearby foothills.
 
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Snow on trail, Avalanche danger
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Big Four is always wonderfully scenic with lots to do. I will admit to going past the "closed" sign....
Big Four is always wonderfully scenic with lots to do. I will admit to going past the "closed" sign. If you were to chose to do this please be smart about it. Snow bridges, avalanches, fast slowing water, and wildlife are all real dangers, especially with children.

That much said the trail is mostly still covered in snow and patches of ice. The beaver ponds were particularly spectacular. Views of Dickerman, Stilliguamish, Forgotten, and Morning Star(?) are wonderful.
 
North Cascades -- West Slope
Wildflowers blooming
Blowdowns, Water on trail, Bugs
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I wanted a longer ramble though the forest on this glorious day with water and views. Baker Lake Tr...
I wanted a longer ramble though the forest on this glorious day with water and views. Baker Lake Trail fit the bill just fine and I headed for the south end of the trail to make for Anderson Point and Maple Grove which would be at least 7.5 miles round trip. The drive up was easy enough, there were potholes on the dirt road after crossing the dam but nothing that couldn't be driven around or through with care. There were several cars at the trailhead when I arrived including a large group of adults with kids coming back from an overnight. I counted just 9 people on my way in including 2 ladies camping at Anderson Point and a couple with a toddler at Maple Grove when I made it there. A group of 8 arrived at Maple Grove not long before I left and I saw multiple more groups on the way back for a total of around 30 people. That said, when on the trail I usually had it to myself so got some of that important solitude time in.

The trail is in otherwise good shape and mostly dry the whole length that I hiked. There were several blowdowns along the way with only one near Maple Grove requiring a minor effort to get over. Wildflowers are just starting and should be in full swing in the next few weeks. All the creeks and water crossings were running well. Anderson Creek near the campground was white and foamy making me thankful for the log bridge. Bugs were out but I had only one mosquito try to bite me, I'm sure this will change soon enough. It was cool in the morning but felt like summer all afternoon even in the shade. What a great day to be out on a mossy green trail hugging the lake with mountain views and sunny blue skies.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Snow on trail
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so beautiful but the trail was hard to follow! take all the lefts and you will end up on the ridge t...
so beautiful but the trail was hard to follow! take all the lefts and you will end up on the ridge that will lead you to mt. si. a little bit of snow but totally manageable even just with hiking boots.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Blowdowns, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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The weather was beautiful today, so we decided to give Annette lake a try. We arrived in early after...
The weather was beautiful today, so we decided to give Annette lake a try. We arrived in early afternoon, and were surprised that there were only a few other cars in the parking lot. Starting out, the trail winds through some beautiful forest. Before long, we crossed the Iron Horse trail, which is still well covered in snow. Not long after, the snow cover sets in on Annette lake trail as well. For the most part it's pretty well packed and we didn't have much trouble. There are a few streams running across the trail, but they're easy to cross. Gaiters aren't needed, but waterproof boots definitely help. As you keep climbing, the snow gets deeper and softer, but it's still manageable. There were a few blowdowns across the trail, but all were easy to get past. Climbing onwards, you'll come across some avalanche chutes. We crossed a few, but the last one we came to was pretty soft. It was starting to get late by then, and we weren't sure how far from the lake we were, so we decided to turn back. It was still a very enjoyable hike, with perfect weather and beautiful views across the valley.
 
Issaquah Alps
Wildflowers blooming
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After lunch we walked the Trout Loop and then meandered along the Powerline Regional Trail to the Pi...
After lunch we walked the Trout Loop and then meandered along the Powerline Regional Trail to the Pipeline Regional Trail and then finally cut across to the Trillium trail to complete another loop. Trails are in good shape for a watershed in the city. No trash and trails were clear of brush etc.

Lots of families, cyclists and equestrian on the trails today! ^_^
 
Olympics -- East
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Got an early start because the skies were clear, the weather warm, and I knew the trail would get bu...
Got an early start because the skies were clear, the weather warm, and I knew the trail would get busy. Headed up about 8:15 am. Only saw 5 people going up, and had the top to myself (and the dog). On the way back down I counted 32 heading up. Everyone I met was very happy and friendly, but I was still glad I went early.
I wanted to hike the trail rather than the road so that I would get a good workout. I was right about that too! I had to rest often on the trip up. It took about an hour and a half for me to get to the top and 50 minutes to come back down.
Fantastic views are the reward at the top. Make sure you go on a clear day. I also appreciated that it wasn't hot yet, another plus for going in the morning.
Definately worth the extra walk to see the better south and east viewpoints which include Seattle and Hood Canal.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
Wildflowers blooming
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We did a nice hike today to Sauer's Mountain. As explained in the hike description here on the WTA w...
We did a nice hike today to Sauer's Mountain. As explained in the hike description here on the WTA website, this trail begins on private land. It's a really fun section of the trail, with various wooden signs and decorations.

Flowers were abundant. Beautiful fields of Glacier Lillies, and large numbers of Balsamroot.

There was no snow to be found. We only saw some snow on the higher hills in the area (probably Sugarloaf), but it looks like that is very quickly disappearing as well.

Thanks to the clear weather we had great views of the Enchantments, Icicle Ridge, Glacier Peak, etc.

The trail is in great shape.

This is a wonderful hike for early spring!

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Olympics -- South
Wildflowers blooming
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The last 8 miles on FR23 to the TH has many potholes so slow driving is recommended. There were 2 ca...
The last 8 miles on FR23 to the TH has many potholes so slow driving is recommended. There were 2 cars at the TH when we arrived. We did the 2 mile loop clockwise. There are many Beautiful old growth trees along the way. One of the sturdy log bridges has a section of railing broken off which is unnerving for a wimp like me! Spring beauty, many trillium, and yellow violets were blooming. This is a very pretty lake with a campsite complete with a table inviting a first backpacking experience for young hikers! We took a side trip to the 420 foot High Steel Bridge over the Skokomish River to view Vincent Creek Falls before our hike and afterwards. The bridge and falls are very impressive! The falls is one of the falls listed in the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trails brochure. You can read about this trail at Http://www.OlympicPeninsulaWaterfallTrail.com
 
North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway
Blowdowns
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A gorgeous weekend in the North Cascades! Saturday, we hiked the Diablo Lake Trail and camped at Co...
A gorgeous weekend in the North Cascades! Saturday, we hiked the Diablo Lake Trail and camped at Colonial Creek Campground. Saturday night from camp, we walked along the closed and totally quiet Hwy 20 in the darkness, marveling at the nearly full moon, the stars, and the brilliant moonlit whiteness of the snow on the mountains!
Sunday before heading home, we hiked the Ross Dam Trail to the dam and about 10 minutes beyond before turning back. The lake seemed very low. Trail was totally dry with a couple of minor blowdowns. Lots of colorful butterflies! Hiking back up from the dam to parking lot was HOT! It really felt like a summer day. Great weekend!
 
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Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
Wildflowers blooming
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A work party in Sharpe Park in April--definitely more lovely and more temperate than a summer's day....
A work party in Sharpe Park in April--definitely more lovely and more temperate than a summer's day. The hot eye of heaven was shining at just the right brightness. We were led by Arlen of the gold complexion and beard untrimmed, with ACLs Terry and Rich. It was a small work party--just 7--but we didn't feel overmanaged, even with all of those orange and blue hats.

Our project for the morning was the construction of a turnpike near the start of the trail. Yesterday's crew had done substantial turnpike construction, but our smaller crew took on a more modest project. We aligned and drove spikes into cedar logs to make a frame, and we filled in the turnpike frame with rocks and gravel provided by the county parks department. We also spent time fixing odds and ends on the trail, such as spots requiring revegetation or the filling of holes.

In the afternoon, we performed maintenance further downtrail by filling in low spots and covering the tread with gravel. I spent the afternoon on wheelbarrow brigade transporting gravel.

Did I mention that it was a marvelous day? The sun was out, and wildflowers are starting to bloom, including salmonberry and candy flower. Pacific wrens were chirping, and we saw redwing blackbirds, mallards, and a Hooded Merganser couple in the wetland. A hummingbird was drinking from the salmonberry flowers.

Sharpe Park, thy eternal summer shall not fade:
So long as hikers can hike, or shutters can snap,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Great day for a hike up Mount Si, and everybody else had the same idea. As expected it was full of p...
Great day for a hike up Mount Si, and everybody else had the same idea. As expected it was full of people, but the more the merrier! The trail was in excellent shape, no water or mud on the trail, nothing overgrown, no blow-downs. Could not ask for more perfect conditions. Made it up and down in 3 hours even (didn't ascend the Haystack, the summit was packed with people).
 
South Cascades -- Columbia Gorge
Wildflowers blooming
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Arrow-leaf Balsamroot carpeted the rolling hills of the Columbia Hills Preserve today. Next week the...
Arrow-leaf Balsamroot carpeted the rolling hills of the Columbia Hills Preserve today. Next week the Lupin that is mostly in bud will start opening and turn the hillside into a blue and yellow show. As you traverse up to Stackers Butte and back you can enjoy an exhibit of wildflowers; red indian paintbrush, white and purple phlox, purple larkspur, yellow desert parsley and white blooming Milk-vetch, along with views that burst out in every direction. We enjoyed seeing a Golden Eagle and numerous hawks flying overhead, to the songs of the Meadowlark and Magpies below.
 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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My wife and I hiked Yakima Skyline Rim. The dirt road up to the trail head was the worst road we hav...
My wife and I hiked Yakima Skyline Rim. The dirt road up to the trail head was the worst road we have driven, but our trusty Forester got us without a problem. We followed the route featured in the WTA hiking guide and made a loop of 4 miles with 1000 feet elevation gain. Wildflowers were in bloom. Mt Adams and Mt Rainier were visible most of the time. I guess now is the best time of the year to visit this part of Eastern Washington. It is not too cold, not too hot, wildflowers are in bloom. We did not encounter a rattlesnake. http://alltrails.com/tracks/yakima-skyline-rim-4-13-2014
 
Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
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This is a nice time of year to enjoy Cougar Mountain. It has a remote feeling since there is no roa...
This is a nice time of year to enjoy Cougar Mountain. It has a remote feeling since there is no road noise at all in this area. Obscure trailhead that traverses someones front yard to get to the Licorice Fern trailhead off of 112th st. Very nice deep ravine and large trees on this segment. Cross Licorice Way and continue on nice trail. Understory plants are lush and the deciduous trees don't have their leave yet, so lots of light on a sunny day. In spite of 2 "lookouts" on this trail, there are no significant views. The better of the 2 view points, Far Country has tiny slot view of Rainier Valley. The view takes up less than a hands width at arms length. No view at all from Long View point. Nice mature Douglas fir trees on Deceiver trail. Large number of blooming Skunk Cabbage on Shy Bear trail. 7 mile round trip lollypop with about 700 ft elevation. Trail is in great condition.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Snow on trail
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It was a great day to go hiking in the pacific northwest! There was snow on the road up to the trail...
It was a great day to go hiking in the pacific northwest! There was snow on the road up to the trailhead, so we had to park and walk for about 20 minutes till we got to the trailhead. The entire trail was covered in snow, but it was not difficult to make our way up to the falls. Very short hike but man is the view beautiful, especially on a sunny day like today! Highly recommend this hike. It's nice and easy/short with an awesome view at the end. Enjoy!
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Blowdowns, Mudholes, Water on trail, Snow on trail, Avalanche danger
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Four of us summited with clear conditions, but difficult wet snow today. The trail is clear of sn...
Four of us summited with clear conditions, but difficult wet snow today.

The trail is clear of snow from the TH to maybe a mile after the junction, then it's up the banks of the chute, up to the ridge, which is 50-75% thawed out, and up to the summit. There are a few blowdowns, nothing notable. Lots of avi remnants from March slides, so we played it safe and stayed mainly out of the chutes. Two of us had traction, two with crampons/axes and we all wish we had had snowshoes.. a bit of postholing towards the bottom, but that's what you get when you leave the car at almost 4pm.... Had a beautiful moon coming down. Windy but comfortable, just us out there to watch the sunset..
 
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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A fun trip through history here. Although suitable for the whole family you will need to keep an eye...
A fun trip through history here. Although suitable for the whole family you will need to keep an eye on the youngsters after the first mile or so. The South Fork of the Stilliguamish roars by and I marveled at the foolishness and tenacity of those who built the railroad which stretches through this canyon.

Flowers are coming out, the snow was all gone, and the whole place smelled like skunk cabbage.
 
Puget Sound and Islands -- South Sound
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Paddled from the Arcadia boat launch (no passes required) less than a mile to the south end of Hope ...
Paddled from the Arcadia boat launch (no passes required) less than a mile to the south end of Hope Island, where the picnic tables, the campground and the caretaker's house are.

Followed the (well-signed) loop trail from there clockwise around the island, with short side trips to the beaches. Even with all the side-trips, this added up to no more than 3 miles of walking.

Other than a few boats and people on the south beach, didn't encounter anyone on the island.

Photos: https://picasaweb.google.com/eric.jain/HopeIslandApril2014
Tracklog: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/481172863
 
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Mt. Rainier -- NW - Carbon River / Mowich
Water on trail, Snow on trail
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MISSING- 1 Pairof MSR Snowshoes left on the right side acros from the trailhead and parking area. I...
MISSING- 1 Pairof MSR Snowshoes left on the right side acros from the trailhead and parking area. If found, please contact me.

A beautiful day for a snowshoe hike up the road to Mowich lake. Snow was slushly and soft in many places but manageable. Someone hiked in the snowshoes path with hiking boots and made it really uneven and full of shoe holes. Otherwise, the hike was smooth sailing.

As we approached Mowich Lake,we were greeted by a breathe taking view of Mt Rainier. It's days like this I'm glad Ilive in the great northwest. We spent a few minutes checking out the snow covered lake and visiting the very friendly gray jays. One landed on my hand when I held it out empty.

The hike back down was fine, we made great time. But we were both very tired by the time we got back. When we made it back to the truck, we were running late and I was supposed to be backin Kitsap County to get my kids by 6 pm and it was 5:30 pm. In all the rush, my boyfriend leaned the snoeshoes against the tires while we got adrink and loaded stuff up. It wasn't until we got home, he relized they were not in the truck and we forgot them.

So please if someone finds them and would be kind enough to let me know we would so appreciate it. We don't think we will see them again, but if by some stroke of luck someone goes up and finds them and see's this we'd be overjoyed. Happy hiking!
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
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The day was beautiful to go on a hike. We reached the trail head around 8.30 AM and there were ten o...
The day was beautiful to go on a hike. We reached the trail head around 8.30 AM and there were ten other cars in the trail head at that time. We started our hike in the woody trail and went onto Greg ball trail to the Wallace lake. You get a much better view of the lake if you hike around to the pebble beach. Post this, we took the trail/road to the upper Wallace falls. There are good signs at the junctions - the junction to the last 0.1 mile was little difficult to find and the trail entering the woods is easy to miss (although its right in front of the board). We reached back to the trail head around 3.00 PM. The entire trail was in good condition and we didn't have any issues. Oh, we saw a snake on the way to upper Wallace falls from the lake that totally freaked us out !!
 
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Blowdowns, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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We hiked to Lake TwentyTwo today -- it was really nice. There was some water on the trail, and highe...
We hiked to Lake TwentyTwo today -- it was really nice. There was some water on the trail, and higher up much of the trail is compact snow. It's easy to follow the trail, but there are two locations lower on the trail and out of the snow where a landslide or avalanche has left a bunch of trees on the trail. It's pretty easily passable, we just had to crawl over and under it.
 
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North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Road to trailhead inaccessible
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Mt. Pilchuck road is still closed for driving at Heather Lake Trailhead #701....
Mt. Pilchuck road is still closed for driving at Heather Lake Trailhead #701.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
Water on trail, Snow on trail, Road to trailhead inaccessible
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Be sure you have a map/GPS and have done a bit of research on the area. The approach from the road t...
Be sure you have a map/GPS and have done a bit of research on the area. The approach from the road to the "trail head" is pretty confusing. Some earlier trip reports have good guides to navigating the forest roads. I got off track a few times (wasn't paying attention/ trusted flag markers it turned out damn near every direction of every intersection had flags...)

Once on the trail though there is some snow, not enough to require snowshoes but it is melting so gaiters would be a good idea. Views from the top were great, all in all a great hike to take advantage of a clear spring day.
 
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Olympics -- East
Snow on trail
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Great weather snow on the trail not an issue until I came upon a snow slide area that was to deep fo...
Great weather snow on the trail not an issue until I came upon a snow slide area that was to deep for me to get through. Definitely going back in the summer once it's melted great veiws.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Mudholes, Washouts, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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This hike has it all and is gorgeous! Waterfalls, Lake Serene, and mountain views. It was a beauti...
This hike has it all and is gorgeous! Waterfalls, Lake Serene, and mountain views. It was a beautiful day.

The bathrooms at the trailhead were locked. :(

There was a sheriff deputy on patrol in the parking lot, which was great to see after getting my window smashed in a couple weeks prior at Lake 22.
 
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Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Wildflowers blooming
Mud/Rockslide, Water on trail
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Beautiful day! We got to the falls by about 12:30 and it was a little crowded up there. I think ever...
Beautiful day! We got to the falls by about 12:30 and it was a little crowded up there. I think everyone wanted to enjoy the gorgeous 70 degree weather! The bathrooms at the trailhead were locked, which was a major bummer.... not a lot of options on the trail. The trail had a few little wildflowers here and there (not as many as we were hoping but still lovely) and hardly any bugs. Lots of water on the trail the further up you go, and lots of places where you cross over rocky streams, so waterproof shoes are a good idea. There was a small mudslide in one area, but easily crossed. I'd be hesitant to take little kids because of how the terrain was, but I saw loads of kids on the trail, so. The falls were really gorgeous.
 
Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
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We took the trail up and the road down. As others have noted, it's a short but intense climb. Ther...
We took the trail up and the road down. As others have noted, it's a short but intense climb. There isn't a level stretch of trail until you reach the top. Views from the top were magnificent. There were plenty of other people on the trail, but we saw no other hikers as we descended on the road. We heard lots of elk noises coming from the woods on the way down but didn't see any.
 
Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
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Arrived at the trailhead at about 9:30 am to an almost full parking lot. Seems that several people ...
Arrived at the trailhead at about 9:30 am to an almost full parking lot. Seems that several people had backpacked in and spent the night as we met several parties on there way down as we were heading up. The trail was blissfully uncrowded though and we seemed to have it to ourselves for the most part.
     The trail is in great condition, mostly dry and very few minor blowdowns. The tread is wonderful and very easy to walk on for the most part. We hiked up to Big Hump and even the so called rocky section wasn't too hard on the feet.
     The contrast between the lush green forest we started on and the burn area up Big Hump was very evident. But new growth has begun and is amazing to see. Wildflowers were blooming everywhere and appeared to open up more during the day, as I saw different flowers going down that I hadn't noticed on my way up.
     We ate lunch and enjoyed the sun, view and the company of some other hikers on the open area just below the top of the Hump before heading back down.
     This was a great hike on a great day. Can't wait to come back and go further along.
 
Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain
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Walked a big loop around Squak Mountain from the Moutain Side Drive SW trail head just up the hill f...
Walked a big loop around Squak Mountain from the Moutain Side Drive SW trail head just up the hill from the Issaquah Library. Took a counter clockwise route from Fireplace to Eastside Trail, south on the 'short cut' east of Phil's Creek trail, up Summit Trail and the access road to the main peak, then over to the Bullit fire place, across West Peak trail and back around along Chybinsky Loop Trail for a total length of approx 5.5 miles.

The non-major trails, (West Peak and the short cut east of Phil's,) are rougher than the main trails, might want to avoid those if you have real young kids. The trails are in beautiful shape other than some big blow down from what looks like last year - but nothing you can crawl over or duck under. It was even warm enough today to get that 'summer forest' smell - delightful.

The one disappointment of Squak is that there really are no good views, just the tiny peak-a-boo glimpse of downtown Seattle next to the big microwave/cel installation at the main peak. But don't let that discourage you from going - it is a beautiful, quiet, walk in the woods super close to home.
 
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Olympics -- East
Snow on trail
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Drove to about a quarter of a mile from the upper trail head, snow prevents further passage for norm...
Drove to about a quarter of a mile from the upper trail head, snow prevents further passage for normal vehicles. New outhouse in parking lot. No snow on lower part of trail, stretches of snow begin at abou 0.6 miles (after junction with lower trail head. Was icy at the time we were there (7:45 am). Conditions vary significantly depending on time of day. We went up the chute with few problems, but was quite icy in the shaded sections, requiring careful axe and foot placements.

Coming down via glissade, the first two short glissades went smoothly. However, coming down the very first section of the the main chute was pretty much completely out-of-control, and required a self-arrest. There was no way to brake adequately to control one's speed. The chute was just too icy, even though there was a soft layer on the very surface.

All four of ice came to a halt uninjured, but bruised and bumped quite a bit. We would have walked down had we known. This was around noon. Suggest using a signal if multiple in the party, to let others know if it is safe or not.

Rest of chute was managable if you have an ice-axe.
 
South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
Water on trail
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The day started out a bit chilly (38) but got up to a nice 60's by the end; sunny all day. The trail...
The day started out a bit chilly (38) but got up to a nice 60's by the end; sunny all day. The trail was in good shape with the exception of a rushing stream filling up the trail that crosses the falls; a somewhat harrowing scramble assisted with a walking stick got us across.

The parking spot is a very small inlet off the road just past the campground sign. After a very short walk from the parking spot, there is a short loop-trail/boardwalk that takes you to the campground next to their 'bonfire' area where you meet up with the ascending trail; this was a bit confusing.
 
Puget Sound and Islands
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With a forecast for warm, sunny skies we headed out to try this close to town hike that promised gre...
With a forecast for warm, sunny skies we headed out to try this close to town hike that promised great views. As others have mentioned, the first part of the trail is rough as the old logging road was torn up several times but after about 1.5 miles it becomes your typical logging road. Rocky but wide enough to walk side by side if you're so inclined. Great views start at the first clear cut area. Continuing up to radio tower provides more views. From the radio tower if you continue up along the logging road, you'll be rewarded with great views of Mt. Rainier if you take a few steps off the road just as it starts descending (N47 20.017, W121 51.441).
 
Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
Wildflowers blooming
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Yes, officially, it's not quite open yet (opens on 4/15) but that didn't seem to stop anyone with th...
Yes, officially, it's not quite open yet (opens on 4/15) but that didn't seem to stop anyone with the day having beautiful weather for being out and about. Also, it's not blocked in any way.

The trail was in fine condition. There's a few very minor washed out areas, but overall, it's in great shape. We saw a millipede and a woodpecker, as well as lots of mountain bikers, but that was it in terms of wildlife. There were a few wildflowers along the path, too.

This trail has a terrific amount of variety for a relatively short hike:
Cool, dark forest
Creek crossings (five nicely maintained and constructed bridges in total) Creepy, mossy vine maples
Clearcut section with views and open sunshine
Newer forest

Plus, there's the mystery trees, an odd throne carved out of a tree stump, and lots of overturned logs and stumps that give you fun things to look at and investigate as you go.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Bridge out
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The footbridge 50' from the parking lot is still washed out. There's no obvious alternate crossing....
The footbridge 50' from the parking lot is still washed out. There's no obvious alternate crossing. The Forest Service website says it should be replaced by sometime this summer. (http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mbs/alerts-notices)
 
South Cascades
Snow on trail, Avalanche danger
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Hiked/skied to the summit of Mount St. Helens on Sunday after spending Saturday night sleeping under...
Hiked/skied to the summit of Mount St. Helens on Sunday after spending Saturday night sleeping under the stars at 3700'. Snow doesn't start until about 1.25 miles in on the trail. The full moon reflected off the snow so brightly that you didn't need a headlamp.

We woke up at 5am and were on the trail by 6am. We only skinned with our skis for a short period of time before strapping them to our backs and hiking the rest of the way to the summit. The bootprints from the previous day were frozen into the snow which made for convenient stairs up the steeper sections of the trail. The snowshoers and hikers with crampons definitely had an advantage on the firm snow. We reached the crater rim around 10:30am and the sun was definitely beginning to soften the snow up. We had perfectly clear skies which offered amazing views. At 11:30am the snow was soft enough to ski on and we rode down.

I heard that 260 permits were sold for Sunday and there were definitely a lot of people on the trail. Also a lot of unprepared people - some wearing blue jeans! As we made it back to the car there were still people heading up even though the snow was getting very soft and the risk of loose-wet avalanches was increasing. Be safe out there everyone and be sure to have avalanche equipment with you.

Overall this was a trip of a lifetime. Make sure you're in shape for ~6,000 feet of elevation gain over 6 miles on the way up. Or if you're like me just be really persistent and keep moving forward slowly!

More pictures and details can be found on our blog: http://bobbyandmaura.com/snowshoeing/mount-st-helens

GPX of our trip: http://www.hillmap.com/m/ag[…]EghTYXZlZE1hcBiAgICAk7TSCAw
 
South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
Water on trail
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This is one of my favorite spring hikes, perfect for a day when the sun is out but it’s still too ...
This is one of my favorite spring hikes, perfect for a day when the sun is out but it’s still too early to do much in the mountains. We hiked out-and-back to the falls rather than completing the loop, as the water over the trail at the base of the falls and trip reports on other sites convinced us that the full loop wasn’t a necessarily a safe route for the dog…or anyone holding onto her leash. The trail is moderately steep but it’s in good condition and the switchbacks help. The directions provided in Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region and copied to this website are not very clear but once you’re at the trailhead the signs are good. To reach the trailhead from HY 410, turn left at the Camp Sheppard sign and then turn immediately right into the parking lot. The signed trailhead is located at the edge of the lot.
 
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North Cascades
Blowdowns
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Nice early season hike. The forest in the first two miles of the hike is really pretty - lots of bi...
Nice early season hike. The forest in the first two miles of the hike is really pretty - lots of big trees and moss. It reminded me of the olympics. The next two miles had a little more variety. Some patches of that nice forest, and some more open areas with a little more sun. Everything was snow free. The trees haven't started to bud yet, so there may be more views of the snowy mountains than later in the year. The snow melt is going pretty well - we counted 33 streams in the 4 mile section of trail that we covered. Most of them have bridges, and the few that don't are easy to cross. There were a few blowdowns. Nothing bad, though one big tree required a "sit and spin" maneuver.

It's been a while since my wife and I did any hikes of significant length with our daughter, so we wanted to get out and make sure that we still could. We focused on going fast, and covered the first 4 miles in 80 minutes. We then took a 90 minute break to have some lunch and play. Our lunch stop was at a lake-side camp ground, so there was plenty of room for her to run around. Our daughter is learning the "put rocks in Mommy's pocket" game. Hopefully she never learns the "put rocks in Daddy's pack" game! The camp ground was pretty nice - it had picnic tables, bear boxes, and a reasonably clean out house. There was a boat dock, but it was beached. I don't know if the water level rises by a few feet or if someone drags it back into the water later in the season.

After lunch we went half way back to the car, and took a break at another camp ground. This one was back in the nicer section of forest. Like the other one, it had great views of Baker and Shuksan. It didn't have a dock, but did have bear boxes and an outhouse. We made it back here in about 40 minutes - we were moving fast despite carrying a toddler - the trail was soft and generally root free, so it facilitated fast movement.

From that camp ground, it took another 50 minutes and we were back at the car.

Note: follow the driving directions on WTA. The directions that Google gives will send you down a gated road through private property.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Snow on trail
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http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1123028 We attempted and subm...
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We attempted and submitted the North,Middle & South summits of Guye Peak.

Route Beta:
The snow was firm, we didn't use snowshoes.

We rappelled off the cliff since the easier gulley section was setup with a rope by another group.

We used all Rock Anchors in the lower section, used a #2 camlot, #3 nut and couple of backup nut protections. We didn't trust the snow since the cornice above us was threatening and couldn't fall anytime, infact it did fall at end of the day a small portion and created some point release.

Doing dead man over this slope is sloppy and recommend to back it up with rock anchors if you could, since the snow could give up, either on cornice break or point/release / wet avy concerns.


you could see the view of north summit and middle summit in these pictures.

It is a pretty forward easy climb.

It could be totally done without protecting. adding insurance for snow conditions and cornice falls, depend on ropes.

There is an awesome tree in the way to middle summit, it is a small tree but served the purpose for rappel on the way back

the trail from the middle to south is very straight forward, exposed, but pretty easy.

Protect using rock pro's there's a lot of cracks if you keep looking.

there is a lot of trees to sling around on the way to south summit.


this tree can be used to protect and rappel.

Note you need atleast two ropes to rappel all the way.

Gears used: #2 camlot, 3 nuts(carried full nut set), two pickets for deadman at top of north summit, 60 m rope for rappel into gulley, 60 m rope for climbing into middle, two pickets to protect on the way and a deadman anchor and at top of middle.

middle to south is mostly straight forward.

coming down:

downclimbed till tree without any pro on a lead belay and rap using a 60m and 30m rope. this is a hassle as you have rap past a knot that joins the rope at some point. but you can easily walk down this slope.

it seemed like a 40-50 degree slope, the snow was very good for steps. had no issues

more pics at:
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Gear Notes:
#2 camlot, nuts, 4 pickets, 2 60m ropes and 1 30m glacier line.

Approach Notes:
no snowshoes. pretty firm. commonwealth basin. carried snowshoes and removed soon.
 
Puget Sound and Islands
Wildflowers blooming
Snow on trail
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In January of 2011 I hiked up McDonald Mountain for the first time (http://www.kuresman.com/2011/Tri...
In January of 2011 I hiked up McDonald Mountain for the first time (http://www.kuresman.com/[…]/Report_McDonald_Mt.html). That day it was nearly snow free to the tower summit and I had snow on the climb to the real summit. I had clouds below me and some sunshine but also thick misty clouds dropping visibility to nearly zero. I wanted to come back on a clear day to see all the views. This spring day was more like than unlike that mid winter trip. This time I knew the route though. I brought a GPS just in case but recognized all the junctions and never turned it on. I had a fairly early start, leaving north Seattle at 7:00 am . I headed down Highway 169 from Renton to the Kent-Kangley Road and turned left. Continue straight until you reach the mountains. The 960' elevation2300' blue gate is right at the sign post for Kent Kangley and 346th Ave SE. There were already 4 other cars parked there at 7:55 am.

It was in the upper 40s when I started out but heading uphill I was warm enough with just a light long sleeve shirt. The first thing I recalled about my first visit was all the trenches that cross the road/trail down low. In the dozens of places where culverts were removed there is a drop and climb back up to the grade. Some of them are 10 to 15 feet deep. There are a lot of them. The route is looking more like a trail and less like a road since my earlier visit. Spring flowers are few and far between. I saw two skunk cabbage in bloom right along the trail. No spring beauty, trillium, yellow violets or bleeding heart. I did see a lot of coltsfoot in bloom. there were some salmonberry flowers as well. After nearly a mile the trenches stopped and the walking became much easier. I saw four high school aged kids coming down and one person below the trail digging something. That was it for the next 4 hours. I did see folks on the last few miles as I went down and they were coming up.

The road/trail leaves the forest and enters a big clear cut. On my 2011 visit I had no views here at all. This time I could see a little. One deep gap looked like the bottom of Rattlesnake Ledges. This was confirmed on the way back. I had much clearer views then. The road comes to a junction. Downhill right is another possible route up. Left soon goes downhill too. A left and a quick right turn is the correct route. I had some views off to the right along here. It was misty and hazy but I could see the lowlands to the west. The blue gate I soon reached was locked. Last time it was open. The road goes back into forest on the north side of the ridge. The temperature dropped about 15 degrees. I put gloves on. Quite a difference from the sunny section just below.

Soon I reached the old quarry site. The road splits. Straight ahead is a yellow gate that warns about entry into the Tacoma Watershed. The right fork heads uphill to another blue gate. This is the route to the tower site on the lower north summit. The road switches back and forth on the way up. I was surprised to see a little snow along the side of the road near the top. Just before the top is an old road heading off to the left. That's the route to the real summit. There was no snow at the 3284' tower site. I had some views out to the west but the clouds made it look much like my 2011 visit. Not as clear as I was expecting from the forecast. It's about 4.2 miles up with about 2300' of gain.

I took a few photos and was soon back on the move. Down from the tower to the first switchback where the old road turned off right and headed south down the ridge. This road is covered with spongy moss. Very easy walking. The road soon began to drop to a low point and then headed up. At the end of the road is the spot where in 2011 I had to push through closely spaced trees to get to the open forest beyond. No problem now. A path has been cut through the trees. Who ever has been doing maintenance has also cleared a foot path over to the road in the clear cut. The cut was fresh in 2011 and I climbed over many slash piles and down logs to reach the road. On the way back I followed the road to a point where I could more easily get back up to the path. Now the path continues all the way to the road in the cut. Some views out here though the clouds limited them.

At the end of the road I went right around a pile of debris and in just about 20 feet I reached the next road. This one continues, with one junction, to the real summit of McDonald Mountain. This road too has not seen wheels in some time. Lots of grass growing in it. The road follows the ridge climbing and then descending. There are several saddles in the ridge that require descents and the climbs. Each drop is a climb on the way back. There are about 500' of downhill between the tower and the real summit. Although the real summit is only some 300' higher than the tower there is 1300' of gain round trip between them. On the steepest descent the road was snow covered. Only 4 to 6 inches deep but enough to soak my light trail shoes. At the last junction I turned right uphill for the last climb. On the January 2011 trip I also faced snow on the last descent. The deepest snow that day was on the climb to the summit. Part way up the snow began. Now I was sinking in 4-7 inches with every step. Not hard but tedious. I saw what appeared to be bear prints in the snow. As big as my hand with claw marks.

Near the top I followed animal tracks up the embankment and into forest. Maybe not such a good move. There was much less snow in the forest but the trees were very closely spaced. It was not much fun working my way up the last bit. The 3570' top has even less views than three years ago. Trees growing back to the west are now tall enough to block some of the view. It was sunny though. I could see the middle peak near the clear cut and also the tower on the north peak. I arrived on top just after 11:00 am. Some photos and lunch and I headed back. The snowy road was much easier with my footprints in place. Back at the clear cut I had marginally better views. Still a lot of clouds. I stopped once again at the tower site. It was warmer in the sunshine. Going down I was back on the north side and it was dramatically colder in the shade. A cold north breeze was also blowing. Gloves went back on. It was better when the road swung around to the ridge top and I was back in sun. After passing the middle blue gate I met the first folks since early morning. Farther down I was to see a few more hikers and a number of mountain bikers.

From the lower clear cut I could now see the peaks that were in the clouds in the morning. That was definitely Rattlesnake Ledges. Beyond were several cloudy peaks. At that angle that would be Mt. Si and Mt. Teneriffe. I could see all the towers along Rattlesnake Mountain and on Tiger Mountain too. This was a very unusual angle seeing the back side of those peaks. From there I went back into the forest for the last few miles. Back through the many ditches. They were much easier to cross going downhill. I made it back to the gate at 2:25 pm. Just about 6.5 hours in total. Many folks will not hike on a route composed mainly of old roads. I disagree. I had a great deal of solitude on a close in hike that totaled about 13 miles with 3600' of elevation gain. A little bit of route finding is necessary after the tower site but it's worth it to traverse the ridge all the way to the real summit. A fine day for a hike. I still need to come back again on a very clear day for all the views.

I have posted 42 annotated photos on my website located at: http://www.hikingnorthwest.com. Go to "Trips - 2014" on the left margin.
 
Central Cascades
Wildflowers blooming
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Easy hike for all ages. Tennis shoes wouldn't be a problem on trail if one doesn't have hiking boots...
Easy hike for all ages. Tennis shoes wouldn't be a problem on trail if one doesn't have hiking boots. Kids can easily do this hike. Trail & to the falls are not marked, we had to ask a few people where to go.

Stay on Main road. Cross over small creek with bridge shortly after at first Y stay to the left. After that stick to main trail (Usually to your right). Over a hill, and down a longer hill go left. Trail gets narrow and you'll cross over a few dried up streams. At the biggest creek - you may need to use log jam to cross or take shoes & socks off Once across take hard RIGHT onto small trail, keep right and you'll arrive at the falls.

 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Like being in line for a ride at Disneyland. A woodland superhighway. The busiest trail I have eve...
Like being in line for a ride at Disneyland. A woodland superhighway. The busiest trail I have ever been on. But it was the first 70 degree weekend day of the year at a popular trail 35 minutes from Seattle, so that's pretty much what we expected. Despite the crowds, it was a lovely day.

Lots of well-behaved kids and dogs on the trail.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Decided to finally take advantage of this awesome weather and go hike. The trail was packed today. A...
Decided to finally take advantage of this awesome weather and go hike. The trail was packed today. Arrived at the TH around 1:00 pm and there was not a single parking space. Luckily, there was a house with a long driveway that allowed us to park there (for a fee of $5, however). My group and I crossed paths with many hikers throughout the hike. We took a few slight detours off trail to a few creeks that were really nice. The trail itself was pretty well maintained. Teneriffe Falls was amazing. Got up close and crossed the stream to the other side to take pictures. The mist from the water was refreshing considering this 70 weather is hot to us PNW natives haha.
 
North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway
Blowdowns, Water on trail
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It's can be a struggle to find good trails this early in the year. Happy panther was not too bad a c...
It's can be a struggle to find good trails this early in the year. Happy panther was not too bad a choice. This 5 mile stretch of the PNT parallels Highway 20 on it's hairpin turn around the Ruby Arm of Ross Lake. On an average summer day the constant hum of traffic from the highway will drown out any feeling of remoteness. Early spring is the Ideal time to hike this trail, It's warm, snow free and the highway is still closed for winter.


I took a moment to dip my feet into the roaring and incredibly cold Ruby Creek while eating my lunch. The crystal clear water seems like such a wonderful place to swim. It doesn't take long to realize that if my feet hurt that bad after such a short amount of time, Then it's goanna make this happy panther a little less happy.

I saw plenty of brown and white butterflies and I watched a pair birds playing in the eddies. They didn't seem to mind the Icy chill. Maybe they were ducks, maybe they were something else.

I thought the condition of the trail was Good The Logs, Water and such seemed minor.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Blowdowns, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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It was a beautiful day for a hike. The trail is pretty gentle, and it wasn't overcrowded. There wa...
It was a beautiful day for a hike. The trail is pretty gentle, and it wasn't overcrowded. There was some compact snow on the trail, but we made it with regular tennis shoes without getting wet. There were a few places where logs had fallen over the trail but only one that was a bit of an obstacle - low enough that it was awkward to crawl under and a little high for those with shorter legs to step over. The access road has some pretty serious potholes in places but was otherwise clear.
 
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Trail was in decent condition. A couple, easy to climb over, small trees on the path, and it was a ...
Trail was in decent condition. A couple, easy to climb over, small trees on the path, and it was a bit soggy from all of the snow melt, but all-in-all a good hike. Decent snow towards the summit and in the lake bowl still. Approximately 2 easy hours in 1.25 out.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Parking was tough on this beautiful spring day. A lady was holding a sign for parking, 5 bucks and ...
Parking was tough on this beautiful spring day. A lady was holding a sign for parking, 5 bucks and it was worth it. Beautiful hike, nice views and amazing waterfall. Surprised by all of the mosquitos so early in the season. They were congregated on the lower part of the hike, just before you take the right up to the falls. The trail was pretty crowded and most did not follow trail etiquette. If your dog is not totally socialized, don't bring it, trail can be narrow and I felt uncomfortable a couple of times.
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South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
Snow on trail
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This hike was great with some fantastic views. The trail was clear of snow for about 4.5 miles. To g...
This hike was great with some fantastic views. The trail was clear of snow for about 4.5 miles. To get to the 3rd lookout you have to trudge through some snow for about 3/4 of a mile or so but well worth it. I suggest wearing some water proof boots and gators if you don't want to get your feet wet. I however was wearing tennis shoes and my feet were soaked. It was a 70 + degree day so I didn't mind it at all but if it's a cold day I don't suggest the tennis shoe approach. Great hike at this point of the year til the snow melts a bit more.
 
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Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area
Wildflowers blooming
No water source
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As of April 13, 2014, the trail was well marked and easy to navigate thanks to the efforts of the Fu...
As of April 13, 2014, the trail was well marked and easy to navigate thanks to the efforts of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) of Odessa High School.

Wildflowers were blooming and birds were singing in the clear skies.

The trail has on small uphill jaunt if you choose to take the hike counter-clockwise from the trailhead. Either direction will give the hiker a nice hour long walk if stopping to take photos.

Approximately 1/4 mile north is yet another crater which is easily walked to in a matter of minutes. A stroller with wider wheels could be pushed here. The are two benches set for viewing, one alone the trail, the other at the crater.

Several hikers with dogs were met during the hike to Amphitheater Crater. Kids could also easily hike this if they had the desire to do a mile.

There are no water sources, so bring your own. Better yet, finish the trip with lunch back in town at them Odessa Drive-In.
 
North Cascades -- West Slope
Wildflowers blooming
Blowdowns, Bugs
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I followed the WTA directions and found the trailhead very easily. There were about 4 other cars par...
I followed the WTA directions and found the trailhead very easily. There were about 4 other cars parked near the gate when I arrived around 10:30 AM. The trail (logging road 1000) starts just after a yellow gate on the left side of the road. There are a couple of short sections along the way where the trail flattens out but for the most part you are climbing steadily along logging road 1000 for about 2 miles. There are currently no concerns with the trail other than a few blowdowns that can be hiked over or around. Along the way, there are views of the Alp itself, Mount Baker, and gorgeous views facing south at the summit. The trail stops very abruptly when you reach the summit so take care if you are hiking with little ones.

After we rested and snacked at the summit, we doubled back along logging road 1000 to the intersection with logging road 1300 and followed that to trail 1340, which leads to the Squires Lake trail system. All of the various trails and roads here are numbered and clearly signed so you can tell which one you are following. Trails 1000, 1300, and 1340 are all part of the Pacific Northwest Trail and are marked as such with a white slash of paint on the trees. After we stopped to rest at Squires Lake, we headed back to the trailhead via trail 1340 and roads 1300 and 1000.

There were surprisingly few people out today given the beautiful weather, although I saw more people headed up the mountain as I was heading down in the afternoon.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
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Great day hike today. Trail was mostly dry, just a couple short wet stretches....
Great day hike today. Trail was mostly dry, just a couple short wet stretches.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Trail still closed .75 of a mile up. Does anyone know when it will reopen? Such a beautiful trail! H...
Trail still closed .75 of a mile up. Does anyone know when it will reopen? Such a beautiful trail! Hanging out by the rive for lunch.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Trail: great condition; the only minor annoyance was about ten feet of ice at the very top - close t...
Trail: great condition; the only minor annoyance was about ten feet of ice at the very top - close to the junction between of the spur that goes to the Snoqualmie Valley Overlook and the spur that goes toward scramble route to the top of the haystack.

Equipment: poles were used though not needed; traction devices were not used or needed.

Weather: fantastic - in particular, warm.

Visibility: great views in all directions: Rainier, Olympics, Cascades, Puget Sound, etc.

Time: car to Snoqualmie Valley Overview - 2:15 hr; Snoqualmie Valley Overlook to car - 1:50 hr.

Companions: none :-(
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Blowdowns, Water on trail
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I will start off by saying that you can't park at the trail head. There are LARGE signs everywhere t...
I will start off by saying that you can't park at the trail head. There are LARGE signs everywhere telling you you can't. We drove up the road past the sign just to see if there was a place to park. There wasn't. Don't waste your time. Once you park in the lot at the bottom head up the road and the directions are accurate. There is a break in a what looks like an old wall on the right side of the road heading up the hill. That's the trail. It resembles a riverbed more than a "road" and the entire trip up is basically rocks and water. We came prepared with our hiking boots and trekking poles but on the way back down we passed a guy in tennis shoes. How he didn't roll an ankle and end up with soaked feet is beyond me. A short way up the trail is a little river. It appears there was a bridge over it at one time, but it's down to one piece of wood across it. Then continue up your rocky climb until you see a rusty milk jug and a few piles of rocks. There are no markings and it feels like you're leaving the trail. You are so follow it closely and you'll end up at the balcony. We had lunch there and got some great pics on a sunny day. We met some other hikers that told us about the birdhouse trail. We couldn't find it for the way back down but it sounded more interesting than rocks. I have a dog and didn't bring him on this hike. I think he would have to have his booties on for all of the rocks. Dirty Harry's Balcony is beautiful, but if you can...find another way up.

On the plus side: the trail is quiet and we only ran into 6 other hikers the entire time.
 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
No water source
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I led my second Sagebrush Ramble for the Cascadians today out the North Jeep Road on the WDFW lands ...
I led my second Sagebrush Ramble for the Cascadians today out the North Jeep Road on the WDFW lands just west of Snow Mtn Ranch. WE walked out past Box Spring Canyon and then angled up to the summit of Pt 3038 for lunch with a magnificent view up & down the canyon of the South Fork of Cowiche Creek and out to the Yakima Valley. After lunch we made our way down to Box Spring Canyon where we lingered for a while taking photos, then descended the east side of the canyon to a car we had placed earlier on Cowiche Mill Rd at the mouth of the canyon. It was a beautiful sunny day with a little breeze at times. There were lots of wildflowers, especially lower down. We saw a few deer, heard lots of meadowlarks, but didn't see any other people. It was a wonderful day!
 
Olympics -- East
Snow on trail
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Expect large snow drifts in the mile before Camp Mystery leading to snow several feet deep at the ca...
Expect large snow drifts in the mile before Camp Mystery leading to snow several feet deep at the camp. The snow was slushy and prone to post holing when warm, we had gaiters and waterproof shoes which were very helpful. Micro spike helped higher up, particularly Sunday morning when it was still frozen solid. We had some navigation issues (no GPS, trying to remember where to go from previous trips with no snow) and ended up taking an improvised route from Camp Mystery up to the pass, but came down the normal way.It was a tough hike for us, id come prepared to handle the snow if you want to make it to the pass until it melts out more. But it was beautiful as always!
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
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The road up was pot holed more than usual which is normal this early. Just one large creek to maneuv...
The road up was pot holed more than usual which is normal this early. Just one large creek to maneuver at the one mile mark. A total 3.4 mile hike up found spots of snow at the 2 mile mark. However, micro-spikes made it easier at around 2.5 mark. The snow field near the top pretty much stranded us with ankle buster holes that made navigating tougher. We climbed 200 yards before stopping. So, before turning back 100 yards before the top, we ate lunch soaking up the weather and views before turning back. Someone that was coming down indicated the Lake was still frozen. Well worth it but would enjoy some snow melt with easier access to the top. Very soon though.
 
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North Cascades -- Mount Baker Highway
Snow on trail
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Did Excelsior 2 weeks ago, at that time the snow started right around the waterfall, about 1.1 miles...
Did Excelsior 2 weeks ago, at that time the snow started right around the waterfall, about 1.1 miles up/2,880 altitude. This time, the trail was snow free until just above 3,000 feet, there wasn't even a hint of snow in places where it had been solid 2 weeks ago. At around 3,500 feet I started to post hole - not bad and not every step, but as it looked like it would only get softer/deeper I decided to turn around.

Trail is in good shape - 2 small trees down about 0.5 miles in, no problem stepping over them (dog went under), a small saw should take care of it.
 
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Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Blowdowns, Mudholes, Snow on trail
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A few of us went for a jaunt up M. Persis- I will save you details of our adventure and get to the i...
A few of us went for a jaunt up M. Persis- I will save you details of our adventure and get to the info bits that you actually read these for. The road looked mostly unchanged from last fall, just some extra runoff erosion along the sides, but doable in a sedan until roughly a mile from the TH, then it got too dicey for me. Snow is still on the trail, but there are some pretty good tracks to follow for the moment. The snow starts shortly after the burn area, but is pretty minor until near the small boulder field. The snow is also pretty deep, as we found out through numerous post-hole events. And lastly, the snow is very soft in exposed areas, not as much under the canopy, so traction is advised (I gave my crampons to a friend and used micro-spikes, both worked fine). Beware overhangs/cornices, we could see a fairly large one on the north edge of the summit from lower down that looked like it could give way any day now.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
Wildflowers blooming
Blowdowns, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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What a wonderful day to get out into the forest! Trillium and lilies are in bloom on the start of th...
What a wonderful day to get out into the forest! Trillium and lilies are in bloom on the start of the trail.

When you encounter the waterfall you will need to go 20' below the trail crossing in order to cross Fall Creek(Where the trail actually crosses has a thin ice bridge that isn't safe).

Just past the waterfall, you encounter massive blowdowns that completely cover the trail. WTA might want to assess and plan a few trail work parties?

Snow becomes substantial at above 3600' and snowshoes w/ poles become essential to safely navigate to the top. Snow was slushy and many people were post-holing who didn't wear snowshoes.

Got to about 5600' when the wind started picking up and I ran out of energy. Glissade most of the way down, but the snow became crusty. Ouch! ^_^

FYI - This is a mountain that Snow Machines aka Snow Mobiles frequent.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Snow on trail
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We departed the trailhead in clouds and 39°F temp., at 0830, anticipating a sunny day. We decided ...
We departed the trailhead in clouds and 39°F temp., at 0830, anticipating a sunny day. We decided to leave the snowshoes behind but carry traction devices. We headed up the Ira Spring trail and upon arriving at the Mason creek crossing, noticed that the culvert had washed away. There is a make-shift crossing of limbs and rocks but hopefully it will be improved upon until the $50,000 bridge is built. Snow patches start about 3300' and the trail is totally snow covered after 4000'. Shortly after there is a junction with many tracks leading to Bandera or directly to the saddle toward Mason lake. Many hikers put snowshoes on and headed up the very steep slope to Bandera but Steve and I had planned on going to Defiance, so we continued up over the snow covered boulder-field and down to Mason lake. When we got to about 4450', on Defiance's SE ridge, we realized we would not have time to summit and return at our scheduled time, so we made Little Mason lake our destination. We had lunch on its' snowy shore and departed back down to Mason lake and up over the saddle and down the boulder-field. The harder snow in the morning now was much softer so that post-holing while decending the snow covered rocks was problematic. So snowshoes would have helped to keep us from sinking down to our groin, in places. So if going up, take the snowshoes and for early morning travel take the traction devices, along with boots and poles. No flowers blooming yet.
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
No water source
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My friends and I decided to hike to Rattlesnake Mountain Trail. We dropped a car off at Snoqualmie v...
My friends and I decided to hike to Rattlesnake Mountain Trail. We dropped a car off at Snoqualmie view point side, and headed out to the lake side. 8:30 a.m. and the parking lot was already filling up.
Once we got past the first ledge, the crowds diminished and the peaceful journey began.
The trail up to East peak was clear and snow free until about the last 1/2 mile. Nothing serious. I had yack trax with me and never once needed them. Leaving East Peak heading west, there was some patches of snow, but after that the trail was clear the entire way. I read on a recent trip report, that there was blow down. The trail is now clear (THANK YOU WTA WORK PARTIES).
 
Olympics -- East
Blowdowns, Snow on trail
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WHAT A WEEKEND TO HIKE!!! Today (Sat.), we hiked Tubal Cain to the mine. With a bit of wandering, ou...
WHAT A WEEKEND TO HIKE!!! Today (Sat.), we hiked Tubal Cain to the mine. With a bit of wandering, our GPS said this was 8.1 mi. and 1,200’ gain round trip. Snow started at about 3.5 miles, compact and extremely icy. I highly recommend traction. On the way out the top was melting and made things even slicker. A nice hike, anyway, and I will come back in about 6 weeks for sure to see the rhodie show on this trail! Other than the ice and a couple logs pretty easy to go under/over, the trail’s in good shape. Despite several cars at the trailhead, we had the trail to ourselves almost the whole way. No toilet at this trail head, but the one at Upper Dungeness just down the road is open and even had TP. NW Forest Pass required at both THs.

We also went along the Lower Dungeness Trail to River Camp (from the upper trailhead, across the road from Upper Dungeness). The trail has one washed out section that's ok to cross but needs work, looks like this is the case every year. There was one blowdown easy to step over, maybe two. Trail is otherwise in great shape. Pics of both hikes are at https://www.flickr.com/[…]/.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Snow on trail, No water source
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Today was a busy day on the trail. I hiked with my dog and we met several other hikers with their do...
Today was a busy day on the trail. I hiked with my dog and we met several other hikers with their dogs on the trail. It seems to me that the tougher the trail, the nicer the people you meet along the way and this trip was no exception.
We had hiked this trail last weekend and found much of the snow that was present last weekend is now starting to melt away, leaving much of the boulder field uncovered. Many people opted for climbing the rocks, but since my dog has relatively short legs, we decided to take the snow route. As expected, when you are on the snow, it was a little chilly, but off the snow, the temps are quiet pleasant. Micro spikes helped on the icy sections (not many and melting fast), without which we would have been on our bottoms as those who decided to try it in tennis shoes.
Overall, it was an enjoyable hike(or as enjoyable as a hike up steep terrain can be).
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Snow on trail
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Arrived at parking lot at 8:30am. There was 5 – 6 other cars parked there. No snow or major issue ...
Arrived at parking lot at 8:30am. There was 5 – 6 other cars parked there. No snow or major issue on the Road to the parking lot.

This trail starts with a road-like, well-maintained trail into the woods with some views. The second part is a combination of steep uphill and traverse which leads to Bandera peak. This part is out of woods and offers great view.

The first part was in good condition with no snow in the beginning. After ~1hr, I hit snow but it was not too slippery. The weather was sunny-cloudy.
 
Coming out of woods and out of clouds, I reached a breathtaking view in 1.45 hrs.
 
The steep part of trail, is completely covered with snow. I could only use the footsteps of previous hikers to find my way up to the traverse. On the way down, snow was starting to melt and made it less slippery. However, walking near the rocky parts, it was easy to get stock in a snow hole if not wearing snow shoe.

 
 
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North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Blowdowns, Clogged drainage, Overgrown, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Trail is in good condition until about 2700 ft. After that, several blowdowns, brush, snow on trail,...
Trail is in good condition until about 2700 ft. After that, several blowdowns, brush, snow on trail, and water on trail. Snow is not deep. Trail is flagged to the Marten Creek crossing and easy to follow. Great for solitude - we did not see a soul. Very steep trail, minimal views.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Looking for something long, easy and meandering, I settled on the out and back hike to Otter Falls. ...
Looking for something long, easy and meandering, I settled on the out and back hike to Otter Falls. The day started out a little overcast, but it cleared right up as soon as I hit the trail. The sun was spectacular.

The Middle Fork Road is always a joy. About 4 miles from the trailhead, the going gets really tough. The road is riddled with potholes, so you should only attempt this hike and others along the Middle Fork in a high clearance vehicle. That said, I saw a Prius at the trailhead, so I suppose anything is possible. I also say several deer on the road, so keep an eye out for wildlife.

When I arrived at the trailhead, there were several cars already parked. There are some campsites nearby, so I imagine some of the cars belonged to the campers. I started hiking at 10:30AM. The trail is very well maintained and relatively flat, making for a pleasant walk. On my way to Otter Falls I passed only a few people, but on the way back there were many more. I probably saw three dozen hikers in total throughout the day.

When you're nearing the turnoff for Otter Falls there is some snow on the grab, but it is minimal. There are also a few places along the trail where you need to cross small streams. The water was low and can easily be done without getting your boots wet.

Definitely read the guide for this hike and be aware that there is no signed turnoff for Otter Falls. You will pass a large cairn on the side of the trail. This is where you head upward into the trees. There's no clear trail at this point, but just keep heading up (maybe 5 minutes) and you'll get to the falls. A perfect spot to have lunch and relax before heading back.
 
North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway
Water on trail, Bugs
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Ten of us hiked this trail on a gorgeous and sunny Saturday. The only other people we saw was a gro...
Ten of us hiked this trail on a gorgeous and sunny Saturday. The only other people we saw was a group of about four lunching on the suspension bridge. Love having a trail just for us!
Trail was snow-free and dry with several creek crossings…three that we had to carefully hop through (poles help with balance). Had some great views along the way. Mosquitos were ENORMOUS but not too deadly.
At the lookout, a friends pack fell down the cliff, and we thought it was lost forever, but he managed to climb down and get it successfully (phew). Lunch on the sunny suspension bridge was glorious and relaxing!
 
Eastern Washington
Water on trail, Snow on trail
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We first eyed this trailhead when kayaking the Pend Oreille Chain Lakes last fall, and made a note t...
We first eyed this trailhead when kayaking the Pend Oreille Chain Lakes last fall, and made a note to revisit here. And so we did. This is designated as a USFS x-c ski or snowshoe route, but we found it perfect for a boots-only hike as well. I gps’ed the route and the way we hiked it came to 4.3 miles, with only 345 ft elevation gain. There are no USFS trail permits or state passes required here.

As we made the turn into the trailhead parking area, we spied a bald eagle sitting on the ice portion of the lake.. good omen! And no other cars parked here either, the entire trail to ourselves and our 3 dogs. This is the way I like it. There’s also a great warming cabin built by the USFS near the trailhead for snow adventurers. It was open at this time with lots of stocked firewood.

The trail right now is patchy with ice and snow, but we stayed on the snow portion and only post-holed a few times. In a couple of places the water was 6” high on the trail, but we easily maneuvered around these. The Forest Service trail crews did a wonderful job of building bridges and wetland crossings on the route. Very impressive! They also built wooden wall deflectors on some of the tight precarious turns for skiers. That’s the first time I’ve ever seen these.

The fir and pine forest, with some cedar in the drainages accompanied by occasional outcrops of granite was great fun. We kept guessing where “Coyote Rock” might be, until we finally hit the glacier carved outcrop at the 3 mile mark. There were many moose/deer/coyote tracks on the loop, but we didn’t see any (I think the dogs did as they made a little run off into the woods after something big and good-smelling). No human footprints in the snow, so imagine this trail doesn’t get much action until later on.

As we headed back to the parking area a couple of hours later, we encountered a troop of hikers heading out so we figured this must be opening season for the Frater Lake Loop Hike. After we got back to the car we headed west on Highway 20 for another hike in the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge Area, but first had to stop at a local establishment near Thomas Lake for a much needed hot dog. All the stuffed critters in there made us want to see more, maybe some alive ones. So off we went to the next hike…
 
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Central Cascades
Wildflowers blooming
Mudholes, Water on trail
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Very easy day hike, we parked on the shoulder of the road and made our way in- almost drove past it....
Very easy day hike, we parked on the shoulder of the road and made our way in- almost drove past it. The falls were stunning, definitely worth it. We left at 10AM and returned by 1:30, saw no one on the trail for a few hours. The trail does not have any signage or trail markings, which made it difficult to figure out which was to go to the falls once on the trail, a lot of small trails branching off the main. There are TWO crashed cars you will see. We read the directions on WTA and were slightly confused after we saw the first crashed car. Without the help of two hikers we would have completely missed the turn to the falls. Stick to the main trail and stay to the right, there is a fork in the road that leads you up a hill or down a hill, stay to the right, there is a red ribbon tied to a tree (the only marker I saw), below is the second car.
 
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North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Mudholes, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Some snow at top. Lake was about 90% frozen. Had lunch on the left loop of the trail at the lake. ...
Some snow at top. Lake was about 90% frozen. Had lunch on the left loop of the trail at the lake. May have left my crampons wrapped in a towel, placed inside in a plastic brown fred meyer grocery bag. Would really like them back as they are brand new. $20 reward send me an email at alex dot dexter at Comcast dot net.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Snow on trail
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We left the car at the trailhead at 7:00 and began up the old logging road to Mason Lake. Patchy sno...
We left the car at the trailhead at 7:00 and began up the old logging road to Mason Lake. Patchy snow started a few hundred feet above where the old logging road portion of the trail ends and the foot trail begins. At around 3700 feet the snow became consistent and icy as we made our way up the meadow/boulder field areas. We got a bit carried away ascending about 300 vertical feet above Mason lake towards Bandera. We then glissaded down to Mason Lake for a long break before we began the trek up towards defiance.

From Mason Lake up to Defiance we only had one faint set of tracks to follow so route finding became more difficult. As long as you find the correct ridge above little mason lake and keep following it you can't go wrong. The ridge becomes more bare at around 5100 and we finally cleared out of the fog to amazing views. Summit at 11:00

Coming down was more difficult since the snow had softened significantly. We used snowshoes until Mason Lake. Even with snowshoes coming down from Defiance was pretty dicey in this soft snow. A fall off of the upper ridge would not be pleasant.

Coming down from the lake we encountered other people for the first time, most likely all doing Bandera or just the lakes instead of Defiance. We reached the car again at 2:30 after negotiating more soft snow on the decent.

We used microspikes, snowshoes and poles but did not need ice axes or crampons today.

 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
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We started from the trailhead at around 10:30 and the parking lot was quite full. We hiked up to ...
We started from the trailhead at around 10:30 and the parking lot was quite full.

We hiked up to the bridge on the Lake Serene trail and then back up to the Bridal Veil falls viewpoint and then back.

The trail is in great condition. There are lots of very nice waterfalls. There were also quite a few people on the trail. A very nice hike and a great time to go.

It was also a clear day so we could see quite a few mountains.

More pictures and details: http://appi101.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/bridal-veil-falls/
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Bridge out, Water on trail, Bugs
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What a beautiful day for a hike! Getting to this trail is a challenge. There are A LOT of pothole...
What a beautiful day for a hike!

Getting to this trail is a challenge. There are A LOT of potholes on the ay up - you have to take an 11 mile gravel road to get to the trailhead. I wouldn't recommend it if you have a small car. However, I was told that they plan on paving this road sometime soon? Maybe wait until then if you have a small car :)

The trail itself is pretty easy. It doesn't have much elevation gain - but is still so beautiful! It starts off at a unique looking bridge and goes mostly along the river the whole way. We stopped at the river at the end and admired the view and had a few snacks. A great place to have lunch and just enjoy the peacefulness of sitting by the river.

There were some mosquitoes on the trail, and a few spots of water crossing over the trail. Also one of the bridges was hit by a tree and was sunk in at one spot - I slipped and fell because it was very slippery, so be careful! Some mud on the trail as well.

Overall a beautiful and easy hike.
Ended up being eight miles, not six.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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I reached truck town at 8:40am so let's say I got to the trail head around 9. Passed 2 solo hikers o...
I reached truck town at 8:40am so let's say I got to the trail head around 9. Passed 2 solo hikers on my way in but coming back from the falls there was a new group every 10 feet! I didn't realize this was such a popular hike, though it was a sunny Saturday...

Crossing the little creeks along the way was no problem and there was only a little bit of snow after the bridge. We are clear people! No special equipment needed for this hike, enjoy :)
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Blowdowns, Snow on trail
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Great day for a hike! Trailhead is accessible, packed snow in many areas of the trail, but nothing ...
Great day for a hike! Trailhead is accessible, packed snow in many areas of the trail, but nothing a good pair of hiking boots can't overcome. Quite a few folks on the trail and also camping. One word: Beautiful!
 
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Olympics -- East
Blowdowns, Snow on trail
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The truth about Mount Rose... Excellent Conditioning hike! From the TH to the summit, I don't think...
The truth about Mount Rose...
Excellent Conditioning hike! From the TH to the summit, I don't think there was a single piece of trail that was level or downhill. This hike keeps going up to the top. GPS data shows an average of 20% grade from the TH. The view from the top of Lake Cushman, the southern Olympic Range, Mount Ellinor, and a touch of the Sound is good, but the tress and foliage at the top make for a restricted view. I wouldn't say that the view is worth the hike if that is all you are making the trip up for, but the hike is nonetheless a great one, and the trail is in good shape and well maintained.
The hike...
Starting from the trailhead, the trail immediately switchbacks up and up. I hiked with Crash, my dog, and he had no issues with any of the loose, dry rock, or snow above 3500'. We took the trail left at the intersection (the more direct route to the summit). We hit snow shortly after the intersection. I recommend microspikes, although not necessary. I didn't wear them up to the summit, but I wish I had. Once the snow takes over most of the ground, there are pink and orange markers to hep you route-find. I postholes a few times, but it's not bad. Mostly hard packed and crusted over.
The summit is snow free (southern exposure). There were a handful of people taking a break on the top, and a two other dogs. We took the longer route down, following the ridge line, which made it easier on the quads on the way down. I recommend the clockwise loop. This route also follows pink and orange markers until the snow eases. Then it's quad pounding all the way back down.
There are a few creek crossings for water; enough that I didn't need to break out a water bowl for Crash.
Maybe 2 blowdowns, nothing unmanageable.
The trail was dry, almost dusty, below the snow line.
No bugs, no wildlife.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Wildflowers blooming
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Our first time up Mount Si via the old trail. This trail is shorter in distance but is much steeper...
Our first time up Mount Si via the old trail. This trail is shorter in distance but is much steeper and took us longer. Even though, we liked the new scenery and hike.

Hike starts at the Little Mt Si Trial head, and heads up the Boulder Loop Trail. We took the second leg of this trail going up and the first leg coming back down. On the return trip we also found an old road (North Road), which is on my Every Trail App, and turns out to be a pretty nice trail. By using a map on GPS we had no trouble following this trail back to the Boulder Loop, cutting out the very steep portions of the hike and giving another variety.

The trail is clear of mud, snow and water.

The spring foliage is now starting and some wild flowers are starting to bloom.
 
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Puget Sound and Islands -- South Sound
Wildflowers blooming
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This is a wonderful park and we come here often; however this is the first time I went further than ...
This is a wonderful park and we come here often; however this is the first time I went further than just around Waughop Lake. Around the lake is one mile, but there are trails that can take you up to about ten miles. Today we hiked up to the old Hill Ward and then back down and around the lake, which was about two miles round trip. There is a lot of history here and there are several things to read that tells you about the hospital and the wildlife.
 
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