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Mount Pilchuck

Sep 23, 2012

by Barry last modified Sep 28, 2012 07:25 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Mount Pilchuck
Region: North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Agency: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest - Darrington Ranger District
Trails: Mount Pilchuck (#700)
Avg Rating: 4.27
Why You Should Go Now
Fall foliage
Decided to try for a late Sunday in September hike to the usually crowded Mt. Pilchuck. And ... it was a veritable freeway of hikers and unleashed dogs. Why people let their dogs run free on a wilderness trail has never made sense. It maybe works well for them and their dog. The naturally occuring animals must of course run in the other direction in terror. Please put your dog on a leash. Yes, I know you will tell us it's really ok because they are well behaved.
The hike itself is always good. Somewhat of a challenge because of the boulders and rocks. The view from the top is great. Berries were done. Very few wildflowers. Some mushrooms- mostly Russulas. Few birds though the Varied Thrushes were a treat to see.
Final note of caution. Be careful out there. A boy fell from the tower. The papers today said he is recovering with non life threatening injuries. Good news especially for his dad who must have been going through the most difficult time in his life.
Amazing to watch the skill of the Search and Rescue crew. They are definitely heroes.
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Thank You!

Posted by glacierpaws at Sep 29, 2012 10:55 AM
Thank you for the dogs-on-leash comment. My dog and I are avid hikers but sooo tired of unleashed dogs running up to my leashed dog thinking he really wants to deal with them. This is not enjoyable for either of us. I agree that it is also dangerous (the worst was a man who thought it was funny that his dog ran after marmots!)

Thanks for the Reply about Unleashed Dogs

Posted by Barry at Sep 29, 2012 10:55 AM
Thanks for the reply. Makes sense to me that we all can find a way to enjoy the outdoors by being considerate of each other and nature. When we seem to get into trouble is when we lose sight of that, and a dog chasing a marmot would fit that category. Sad that someone would be unaware to the point of thinking its funny.
Thanks to you and all else who do have your dogs on leashes. It helps to make hiking a much more enjoyable pastime for everyone.

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