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

more pictures at:
http://mosswalks.blogspot.com/[…]/dry-creek-trail-to-ridge-camp.html
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Water on trail
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I had read that this trail gets pretty busy, so I have to say that Easter Sunday was a great day for...
I had read that this trail gets pretty busy, so I have to say that Easter Sunday was a great day for this hike. The weather was in the mid/ high 50s with some sunshine and there were plenty of parking spaces when we arrived around 10:50am.

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

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

Recommendations: Clip your toe nails short prior to hiking. Coming down is a little hard on your feet, toes and knees. Trekking poles are very useful for those amateur hikers like myself. Enjoy...it's a beauty!
 
Central Cascades
Wildflowers blooming
Mudholes, Washouts, Water on trail
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Not too muddy, but water levels were high so the Hanna creek crossing wasn't easy, we found a little...
Not too muddy, but water levels were high so the Hanna creek crossing wasn't easy, we found a little trail that led upstream a bit and had rocks to cross along a narrow shallow area. However we kept seeing ATV tracks on the trail and was wondering how/why an ATV was back here.

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

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













 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Wildflowers blooming
Washouts, Water on trail, Snow on trail, Bugs
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Bridal Falls/Serene Lake is the quintessential Pacific Northwest springtime hike. This was my fir...
Bridal Falls/Serene Lake is the quintessential Pacific Northwest springtime hike.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I would highly recommend this trail, especially to the falls. But I'd recommend waiting for another six weeks or so before heading to the lake to allow the snow snow and ice to melt.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Snow on trail
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Beautiful weather on Easter for an afternoon hike up Mailbox Peak. As others have noted there's a sm...
Beautiful weather on Easter for an afternoon hike up Mailbox Peak. As others have noted there's a small section of icy snow near the top. I forgot my micro spikes and really wished I had brought them. I managed to get by without falling but there were a couple of close calls.

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

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

http://your.kingcounty.gov/[…]/BCT_CougarMtn_brochure.pdf
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Not much to add from yesterday's trip report which is a good readout of the conditions. There ar...
Not much to add from yesterday's trip report which is a good readout of the conditions.

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

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

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



 
Olympics -- SW Washington
Wildflowers blooming
Mudholes, Bugs
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It was a little frustrating getting to this hike due to our ignorance... we forgot to grab our Disco...
It was a little frustrating getting to this hike due to our ignorance... we forgot to grab our Discover Pass and had to drive back in to Olympia and buy one at Walmart. Once we finally made it out there it was a beautiful sunny day, not too warm and very quiet on the trail! It wasn't an incredibly hard trail by any means but it differed in terrain which was appealing aesthetically and physically! It was rather muddy and the largest problem with the trail was that the trail markers were terrible!! It's called Mima Falls because there was supposed to be a falls... but there were no markers to direct you to the falls. However, there were plenty of campsite markers...? We even stopped and received directions from an equestrian rider and never found the falls. We'll be back for sure as it felt like an adventure gone unconquered.

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

http://andrealoreephotography.blogspot.com/
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
Wildflowers blooming
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Second time hiking this. Last time was exactly a year ago. Still as beautiful as the first time. Lot...
Second time hiking this. Last time was exactly a year ago. Still as beautiful as the first time. Lots of spring flowers blooming and an awesome view.

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

A note to hikers, this is a popular trail. Please be considerate of others when parking at the trail head. Very limited space. Park head in or back in but don't parallel park otherwise you take up a lot of parking space for other hikers. Mr Sauer is sometimes out directing people how to park so that they don't park "stupid". Help them out by being considerate of others and park correctly.
 
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Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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This was an excellent and easy short hike in the sun while the western slopes of the Cascades were g...
This was an excellent and easy short hike in the sun while the western slopes of the Cascades were getting a downpour. It was definitely a good afternoon for flowers. We started from the east trail head at the end of Cowiche Canyon Road (gravel). There is a map posted at the start, but it is not necessary. There may possibly be a leaflet for your use as you hike. We left the single flyer in its box, it was still there when we returned. The trail is completely level along the former railroad grade, although the gravel base is sometimes wearing to walk on. Shortly after passing the last of the houses and no trespassing signs (stay on the trail)we saw lots of evidence of beaver activity. We were told to look for an owl after the last house, but we did not see him, a snake (not a rattlesnake)slithered off into the brush. Bright Carey's Balsamroot and showy phlox greeted us on the slopes. Both wax currant and golden currant bushes were also in bloom. We saw Death Camas (new to us) a beautiful flower but deadly. The closer you get to the west end of the trail the more labels there are on the plants, that was a fun bonus. The creek was flowing merrily, and lots of opportunity for Maisie to have a drink. You can keep track of how far you have gone by the number of bridges, they are numbered 1-11 from west to east. No bridges at 9 and 10, but the path goes around. If you are planning to include a hike up to the winery - that trail, as well as the upland trail are closer to the east end than the west end.
 
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Central Cascades
Wildflowers blooming
Mud/Rockslide, Mudholes, Water on trail
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Great hike. Can get pretty wet, so bring backup socks, and shoe options. We had to cross a larger cr...
Great hike. Can get pretty wet, so bring backup socks, and shoe options. We had to cross a larger creek that required me carrying my terrier across, I wasn't expecting that... it would have been nice if I had packed flip flops or something like that to wear across. There are a lot of side roads, there are arrows and tape for the most part, but they can be easy to miss. I'm thankful that I took a picture of the directions before leaving, helped us out a lot!
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Blowdowns, Snow on trail, Road to trailhead inaccessible
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road to the trailheads was covered in snow - parked at the campground and hiked in less than a half ...
road to the trailheads was covered in snow - parked at the campground and hiked in less than a half mile from there. entire trail covered in a few feet of snow; pretty slushy but the trails are hikable with boots or snowshoes. Made it to Franklin Falls, but on the other trail decided not to risk the Denny Creek crossing and turn around there.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
No water source
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Packed Snow / Ice is pretty much absent from the trail except just below the bolder field and in the...
Packed Snow / Ice is pretty much absent from the trail except just below the bolder field and in the woods to the left of the boulder field where I had to go with my small dog. Wished I had instep crampons there - the boulder field where everyone else went was fine

Trail is very muddy.

Windy in the open on the way up and down except for strange reason on top where it was dead calm and had been for somewhile according to the two people eating lunch.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Wildflowers blooming
Snow on trail
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Started early, beat the crowds, beat the rain. The trail is fine, snow the last quarter mile into th...
Started early, beat the crowds, beat the rain. The trail is fine, snow the last quarter mile into the lake. We didn't use spikes on the way up, but put them on going down. It's chilly and windy at the lake, dress accordingly. If you think you're in shape, try the Serene Stairmaster! No matter how hard you work, you're never in quite the shape you want to be on the first real hike of the season. The mist at Bridal Veil falls will get your camera wet for sure, so bring something to wipe it off if you want to take pictures. This was not my first choice of a hike for a Saturday, but it was a close by hike, or nothing. Luckily, we mostly beat the hiking hordes of humanity by leaving at 6. BUT, RANT, On a trail as popular as this KEEP YOUR DOG LEASHED! My friend hikes with her dog, leashed, and steps off the trail, dog at her side, for all other hikers. Today a poorly trained, unleashed, dog, jumped all over her dog, and the owners wondered why Loki gave a little snarl? AND PACK OUT YOUR TRASH! The little pickup fairy does not live in these woods or reside in the bathrooms, which are still locked. SO people have been using the communal hill, BURY IT PEOPLE! REALLY! AND the garbage, you don't have to even hike it out your car is RIGHT THERE!, don't leave it in a pile by the loos, just throw it in your car in a plastic garbage bag! GRRR! Lots of trillium in bloom. Posted pictures of the snow level at the lake and plants(of course).
 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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We had intended to do the longer Snow Mountain Ranch loop but took the Cowiche Canyon Loop by mistak...
We had intended to do the longer Snow Mountain Ranch loop but took the Cowiche Canyon Loop by mistake. The trail is rustic, but easy to follow. The first mile in the clockwise direction is flat and all of the 1200 feet of elevation happen in the next 2 miles. The wind blew steadily which added to the difficulty, but the 6 mile loop took us under 2 hours with 25 lb packs. There were wildflowers in bloom and lots of tender sage. More pictures and story here. http://hikemindedpeople.blo[…]ch-cowiche-canyon-loop.html
 
South Cascades -- Mt. St. Helens
Snow on trail
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Stayed the evening in Cougar, Wa and drove to the trailhead with a party of 4 Friday morning. The r...
Stayed the evening in Cougar, Wa and drove to the trailhead with a party of 4 Friday morning. The road to the trailhead at marble mountain snow park was snow free and we did not hit snow until about a mile into the hike. The weather started off partly cloudy but by the time we hit the 4800 foot mark it was a blue bird day and the sun we torching us. Snowshoes were not required and no traction device all the way to the summit was required snow was soft! We did get above the clouds and that was pretty awesome to see. Hiked with girlfriend and parents took us 7 hours to reach the summit and 4 hours to get back to the car. There were about 18 people on the mountain that day. We had the only two dogs. Dogs did great they were exhausted by the end but had no problems on the trip.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Much of what was said in the previous trip report is still true. Beautiful hike in a wild and remot...
Much of what was said in the previous trip report is still true. Beautiful hike in a wild and remote area, extremely well-maintained despite pretty rough terrain. Hikers should note that the original road to the trailhead is defunct, and they must park at the South Shore Spada Lake recreation area. This makes for a shorter drive but a longer hike, about five miles longer in fact (2.5 miles each way).
The creek crossings before you reach the trailhead were sketchy and a bit deeper than they were the last time I was here, around November. There was a lot of running water on the actual Greider Lakes trail and some snow at the lakes, especially between the big lake and the little lake.
 
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South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
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This was a rainy thursday afternoon, just my dog and I. We saw only one other person and their dog t...
This was a rainy thursday afternoon, just my dog and I. We saw only one other person and their dog the whole trip.

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


No snow on the trail, no blowdowns to climb over and only a few muddy patches. I saw elk by the river, as well as a couple very charismatic ducks. We had a great time on this trail, very easy and relaxing.
 
Issaquah Alps -- Cougar Mountain
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This is a nice quiet rainy day forest hike at Cougar Mountain Park. The forest understory is bright ...
This is a nice quiet rainy day forest hike at Cougar Mountain Park. The forest understory is bright green now. The trees are just beginning to get their leaves. The trailhead is an obscure pull out that holds only 3 cars. It is on SR 900 a few hundred yards south of NW Talus Dr. Bear Ridge Trail is a nice easy incline. The trail is in nice condition. At 1mi you will reach an intersection with a trail that leads to the Talus development. This will be your return path. In another 1/2 mile you will reach a big boulder named Fantastic Erratic. This rock was carried to Issaquah from Canada on the surface of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet during the last ice age! After a few switchbacks the trail levels out and traverses wet terrain with several small creeks. Turn right on the Shangri La trail. After about 1/2 mile there will be an unmarked trail intersection near the Talus development. Take a right turn on a muddy service road that leads to 2 large green water towers. Come out onto the paved access road and head down to NW Harmony Way. Turn right and you will see a trailhead kiosk on the right at the 2nd driveway. Road walking is minimal and allows for a nice loop. This trail leads you back to the Bear Ridge trail where you turn left to get back to the trailhead. 4 miles RT and 700ft elevation gain. You can lengthen the route by taking the West Tibbetts Creek trail deeper into the interior of Cougar mountain.
 
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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!
 
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North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Snow on trail
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A Monday afternoon, we had 3 people and 2 dogs in our group and saw about 10 other people and 4 or 5...
A Monday afternoon, we had 3 people and 2 dogs in our group and saw about 10 other people and 4 or 5 dogs during our hike. This trail clearly gets tons of use in the summer months.

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

The lake basin was stunning in the snow and sun!
 
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.
 
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!
 
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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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.
 
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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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
South Cascades -- Goat Rocks
Blowdowns, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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If you want to hike Packwood Lake AND have it be a challenging out and back now is the time. There a...
If you want to hike Packwood Lake AND have it be a challenging out and back now is the time. There are no fewer than 47 trees on the trail between the trailhead and the lake. Some are easy to walk over and others are more challenging. The 94 total for an out and back will add to the work necessary to hike this pretty trail.

More story and pictures here. http://hikemindedpeople.blo[…]od-lake-tree-challenge.html
 
North Cascades -- West Slope
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I wasn't expecting much on this hike, figuring it to be a typical shore-following walk, but I was pl...
I wasn't expecting much on this hike, figuring it to be a typical shore-following walk, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover all the best that this sort of hike can offer: mossy old-growth forests, views of Mt. Baker, great campsites, and pretty cascading waterfalls.

This is a great trip for new backpackers, as the trail is not very difficult, though it does have a few ups and downs, the net elevation gain is practically nil. But do not count on getting one of the primo campsites at the 4.8 mile mark at Noisy Creek, as this is a very popular destination. Go mid-week or get up super-early to stake your claim.

We started at the north trailhead for both this trail and the Baker River trail. The trail is very good, a soft boot path with a few small streams to cross. We only went as far as the Noisy Creek campground, ate lunch by the lake with grand views of Baker and Shuksan, and headed back to our campsite at the trailhead.

 
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!
 
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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.
 
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).
 
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.
 
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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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.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Blowdowns, Snow on trail, Road to trailhead inaccessible
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6 miles one way, 4 on the road and 2 on the trail. The road is clear until about 4 miles fro...
6 miles one way, 4 on the road and 2 on the trail.
  
The road is clear until about 4 miles from the trailhead. There is a bridge on Miller River Road at this 4 mile mark, and there is a tree down about .5 mile from here. As the snow clears, this tree will need to be removed before vehicle traffic can pass.

The snow on the road is patchy. The last mile to the trailhead it is more steady. About 1 foot deep. Melting quickly. I'd guess 2 weeks and it will be clear.

One other truck was parked with us (we helped them push out of the snow). Our two groups appeared to be the first up this road/trail.

Posthole without snowshoes. We put on ours about 2 miles from the trailhead and it helped. The other dudes went without and made it. Microspikes didn't do much because the snow was so slushy (even in the early morning).
  
At the trailhead there was much less snow. Bathroom locked. The first mile was on and off. We went with boots for this section. After the first mile on the trail there was much more snow. Over 3 feet in some sections. There were some trees across the trail. Most easy to go over / under - some take more effort and really need to be cleared before this is an 'easy' trail again.

Again - others made it with no snowshoes all the way to the trail, but after 1 mile on the trail they were very helpful, especially around the lake.

The lake itself is still frozen. My GF and dog walked on it, although I wouldn't recommend it.

Camped at the first 'camp' sign at Lake Dorothy. A few feet of snow here still.

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Olympics -- East
Snow on trail
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Beautiful hike! We hiked in to the trail to go to the WW2 plane wreckage, and then up to the wrec...
Beautiful hike!

We hiked in to the trail to go to the WW2 plane wreckage, and then up to the wreckage site. There was snow and ice along the trail to the wreckage but our friend told us that it would be worth it-- we did some creative hiking to get around some icy spots, and I'm pretty sure everyone in our party slipped and fell at least once. But our friend did not lie- it was completely worth it.

When we got back down to the main trail we attempted to go towards the old mine town but the trail was very snowy/icy and we didn't have traction- the decision that a broken bone was not worth it turned us around to the car.

The trailhead had about 7 other cars and we only saw 2 other parties, later we learned that this is the same trailhead for Mt Townsend and that might be why we didn't see a ton of folks.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Snow on trail
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The trail was a little confusing to find because it is really called Snoqualmie Lake Trail. The road...
The trail was a little confusing to find because it is really called Snoqualmie Lake Trail. The road to the trail includes about 4 miles of very badly pot-holed road. My little VW Golf had a rough time and kept bottoming out.

But...we made it and had a great hike. The trail was in excellent shape and it was fairly easy to cross all of the streams without getting wet. Hiked to the falls that are 5 miles up. They were roaring and beautiful. There was a tiny bit of snow on the trail as we got farther up, but it wasn't a problem. Only saw 3 other people on the trail on our way back.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Lovely trip up Cedar Butte with the dog, we met maybe 6 other people and 3 dogs during our hike. ...
Lovely trip up Cedar Butte with the dog, we met maybe 6 other people and 3 dogs during our hike.

No snow on the trail, not too muddy, the path was in great shape.
 
Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
Wildflowers blooming
Overgrown
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Such a lovely day today and I didn't have to work, so I headed north a bit to satisfy a few of my cu...
Such a lovely day today and I didn't have to work, so I headed north a bit to satisfy a few of my curiosities. Finding crowds and traffic a little daunting I have always avoided the Skagit Tulip Festival because I have never had the opportunity to go on other than the weekend. Also, after being made aware of the Skagit Wildlife Areas through WTA Trail Reports from "The Geezer Hiker" and "Bob and Barb" I have been trying to find an excuse to go check these out.
Seeing that a sunny, Thursday was being presented to me, I made my plans to explore the area.
I started at the Skagit Wildlife area just a few miles out of LaConnor at the end of Wylie Road. It was a pleasant stroll on a wide gravel path for the most parts. If you like to birdwatch this would be a great place. I saw swallows, herons, bald eagles and more than I know the name of. The trail is in great shape and easy to walk.
After returning to our car, we headed toward the tulips. We passed a field of snow geese before encountering the tulip fields. Not wanting to pay for parking and the roads not being crowded I was able to stop frequently along the side of the road for photo ops. This would probably make a good cycling trip, but walking the roads from farm to farm didn't look too enjoyable. It was a beautiful drive though.
Still in need of a little more exercise, we headed for the Big Ditch Slough towards Stanwood. This is a hike along the dike, with green, lush farmland on one side, and brown, reedy marsh on the other. Quite a contrast and very beautiful. Only saw a trio of hikers other than myself so it was very quiet path. The birdsong coming from the marshes was my playlist for the day. This path is becoming quite overgrown with grasses, and at some points I couldn't even spot the corgi in the trail. After about a mile we came to a group of fishing houses(?) and the path widened and become much easier to walk.
Today was a great outing and it was well worth my while to explore these areas.
 
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Puget Sound and Islands
Wildflowers blooming
Mudholes, Water on trail, Bugs
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Trailhead is easy to find. When going into Point Defiance just stay in the left lane and follow the ...
Trailhead is easy to find. When going into Point Defiance just stay in the left lane and follow the road past the Pagoda until you see the rhododendron garden on the left. There is parking in front of the sign or right before. The trail head is up top of the garden.

It had rained the previous day so there was plenty of mudholes with some water as well. Bees were out and about, but not a problem. I did the outer loop (the blue square markers along the trail) counter clockwise and it followed the road for 3/4th of the hike, but had plenty of look outs and was relatively peaceful. Passed maybe 6 people.

Started at 11:30 and ended at 1:30.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Bugs
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This was a good hike, not too steep or long. the trail is plenty wide, good for kids/dogs (I took my...
This was a good hike, not too steep or long. the trail is plenty wide, good for kids/dogs (I took my dog with me). I hiked to the Middle Falls. A little muddy in places, but not a problem at all. Very well-kept, easy to walk trails. Lots of mosquitoes at just the very beginning of the trail.
 
Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
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One extreme to the other! My plant nerd friend and I had done the dry side yesterday, today was the ...
One extreme to the other! My plant nerd friend and I had done the dry side yesterday, today was the wet one. Flowers? YES! Trillium and yellow wood violet on the riverside trail, then more treats hiking up the big hump. I learned that the difference between avalanche lily and fawn lily (both Erythronium) is the spotted foliage, the flowers are so similar. They lined the trail and clung to the mossy rocks. There were lots of checkered lily (fritillaria) also, and a very small type of monkeyflower. The usual salmonberry, red currant and wild strawberries were there, and the first paintbrush was in bud. We hiked to the rock overlook and ate, nice views and a good turnaround point. We could see the clouds coming and turned around so we could head over to Murhut Falls. There was a few blowdowns where the fire had been, but the trail is in good shape. Look for the little money cairn, I wonder who put it there are how long it will last. Pictures posted for the plant nerds.
 
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South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
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First time hiking Mt Peak. We hiked from the south trailhead on Mud Mountain Road. The lower part o...
First time hiking Mt Peak. We hiked from the south trailhead on Mud Mountain Road. The lower part of the hike is along a gravel road (SE 481st) with open views towards Mt Rainier in several places. Wish I had remembered the sunscreen but the views were worth it!

Eventually the trail enters the forest and branches. We took the steeper trail (to the right) on the way up and it was quite steep in a few places. On the way down we took the more gradual trail which had some nice views over the countryside towards Enumclaw and Buckley. There were a few muddy portions on both trails but nothing terrible. There weren't views from the top but there were two nice large benches to rest on.

One downside is that the trails in the forest (at least on the south side we were hiking) weren't marked at all. We didn't take a map with us and we guessed our way up and back, but I'd recommend reviewing the map more closely especially if you want to avoid the steepest parts of the trail.

It wasn't too crowded but definitely not a solitary hike and there were a couple groups at the top at the same time. Many people had dogs and quite a few families with kids. Overall it was a nice day hike.
 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
Bugs
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We went looking for wildflowers and wow did we find them! We found at least 15 kinds of wildflowers,...
We went looking for wildflowers and wow did we find them! We found at least 15 kinds of wildflowers, including sagebrush violet, lupine, balsamroot, bluebells, and many others, some I am still working to ID. I posted pictures of some for the plant nerds who might be interested. We took the Cowiche mtn. loop trail and also got some nice views of Rainier, Adams and the surrounding countryside. There were not maps left at the TH, so take a close look at the laminated one posted. No shade, take water. There are lots of other trails here to hike beside the mtn loop. BE AWARE OF TICKS! My friend pulled off 15 ticks on her dog!









 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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Usually try to hike this during the week to avoid the masses. Today I arrived to cars lining the str...
Usually try to hike this during the week to avoid the masses. Today I arrived to cars lining the streets for several hundred yards before the parking area. I parked in the parking area anyway hoping people were enjoying the BBQ and day use area instead of the hike? Wrong.
Hiked up the trail with my dog as usual. Came across the typical weekender crowd that don't yield to the uphill hiker and think it's ok to offline ash your dog on not a busy but packed trail with a cliff on one side while young children and older adults edge by bouncing fido. I am not opposed to an off leash dog on a less used trail but if it is so packed you are walking like cattle, throw your pup on a leash guys!
That aside, the ledge was packed to the edges but the few "secret" ledges a few more minutes up the trail were much less populated. Shared one with a few guys enjoying a lunch break on their way up to east peak.
Despite the crowds it was still a gorgeous day to feel the sun on my skin and smell the sweet smell of a sun warmed forest.
 
South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
Water on trail, Snow on trail
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The road and lot to trailhead was in great condition, there was even some TP at the trailhead 'john'...
The road and lot to trailhead was in great condition, there was even some TP at the trailhead 'john'!~ It's early spring in the Northwest so there is tons of mud, still a lot of snow once you leave the flat portion of the trail, and a few areas where the trail is currently a creek bed. The dog had a ball and the trail was beautiful as always, I may have been a touch happier with poles for this trek but was fine without.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Mud/Rockslide, Water on trail
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It's finally starting to get warmer! So nice to see things starting to bloom along the trail. Th...
It's finally starting to get warmer! So nice to see things starting to bloom along the trail.

This hike reminds me a little of Wallace Falls with all the moss draping from all the trees. It's a fairly easy hike until you get to the stairs, and then it goes up from there (although for not too long). It's probably better in summer, but currently there are a lot of spots with water on the trail. Along the way there are some small waterfalls that go over the trail, and it can be a little dangerous and slippy. I wouldn't recommend this hike for kids (until summer, when there is less water).

The actual falls at the end are beautiful! One of my favorite waterfalls so far.

Also the parking lot is pretty small for the amount of people that go on this hike. You may have to park along the road.

Bathrooms were locked, so keep that in mind.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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We started at the trail head around 9am. A thick fog hung over the valley. When we arrived the parki...
We started at the trail head around 9am. A thick fog hung over the valley. When we arrived the parking lot was almost full, but we found a place to park. The trail starts out on a logging road for the first 2 miles. The forest here is full of moss. The road tread is dry, even after all the rain we've had. Follow the signs along the way pointing you to turn right. After the wooden stake sign the trail is much steeper and rocky for the next mile. At the end you are presented with a beautiful waterfall. The trail is snow and ice free the entire way. There were a number of other hiker and dogs along the way. Great training hike.
 
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Puget Sound and Islands
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Did several of the trails in Lord Hill Regional Park including Beaver Pond, Pipe Line, Temple Pond, ...
Did several of the trails in Lord Hill Regional Park including Beaver Pond, Pipe Line, Temple Pond, and Main trail. This is a nice network of trails. We didn't see many people on the trail. Most of the time we had it to ourselves. Some of the low level trees are starting to leaf and we saw some with flowers. Trail was muddy in places. Easy parking and port-a-potty at the trailhead.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Blowdowns, Snow on trail
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I was Car #1, at 7AM today. Apparently the forecast scared folks off. I didn't see anyone until I ...
I was Car #1, at 7AM today. Apparently the forecast scared folks off. I didn't see anyone until I headed back down the trail, late morning.

My plan today was to head to East Peak. The trail is in great shape as far as Grand Prospect, although the views today were...well...missing. After Grand Prospect, there is increasing snow on the trail. About half a mile further, you will run into an increasing number of blowdowns. Some of them have been dealt with by trail crews (THANK YOU!!!), but they've only made an inroad. I made it 1/4 mile past Windy Landing, before succumbing to the combination of postholing and scrambling over blowdowns. Almost there, but I'll save it for another day :-)
 
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Central Cascades
Blowdowns, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Short and sweet trip! Really easy and there was snow still on the ground. There was also a tree bloc...
Short and sweet trip! Really easy and there was snow still on the ground. There was also a tree blocking the end of the loop but we just hopped/climbed over it. Waterfalls are gorgeous!
 
Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area
Wildflowers blooming
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This is a nice area, close to town and we'll be back. The trailhead was very easy to find and we hea...
This is a nice area, close to town and we'll be back. The trailhead was very easy to find and we headed out through the open fields. Shortly the north end of the lake was visible. Lots of birdsong and activity around us and spied 4 herons, an osprey or hawk, many Canadian geese and various other waterfowl. See the article in Rich Landers blog last week for a "real birder" visit earlier in the week: http://www.spokesman.com/[…]/

The trail turned into the trees and we soon saw buttercups, purple grass widows, and yellow bells (see pictures) everywhere. As we only had an hour we took the loop back towards the parking lot through a grove of ?birch. Lots of emerging leaves for some other flower, will have check in a few weeks to see what it is.

There are user trails and old roads and no trail markers so sometimes it's difficult to figure out where we were on the map, and which trail the county would prefer us to use. Would be hard to get lost here though. The trails were a little wet but muddy only in one spot. Once home we did find a tick-no real surprise as 'tis the season- so be forewarned.
 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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Decided to go up the "dangerous" rim trail. It was super fun, and very scenic because you can see do...
Decided to go up the "dangerous" rim trail. It was super fun, and very scenic because you can see down the valley, Naches, Tieton, Yakima...and also into the canyon and the mountains on the other side. Getting to the top there is a geocache. At this point I started to descend on the opposite side I came up. This proved to be much more difficult than the way up the ridge. Following a steep canyon/creekbed down, I eventually met up with the main trail that took me back to the parking area. Brought my dog with me and he did great. Very tough first hour going up the ridge line trail, be sure to bring lots of water and snacks. Up the ridge and back down took about 4.5 hours round trip. Also...coming back down the main trail, there was a huge nest of fire ants right on the trail. My dog got into them and they were attacking his paws...just be careful of those. Saw elk on opposite side of canyon at one point, no big horn sheep though. Great hike.
 
Olympics -- West
Mudholes
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This was a beautiful, albeit wet early spring hike. Most people seem to start at the lodge and head...
This was a beautiful, albeit wet early spring hike. Most people seem to start at the lodge and head uphill, toward the waterfall, but I was interested in photographing the lake in the fog, so I headed in the other direction. The trail down to the lake is incredibly easy, bordered on shoreline by the lodge's cottages. In the fog/mist, the swimming docks make for great, minimalist Michael Kenna-type subjects. At the end of the lakeside portion of the trail, there is a 300 foot rise up past a series of waterfalls to the cedar bog. This back end of the trail isn't as photogenic, but is a good workout.
 
Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area
Wildflowers blooming
Water on trail
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Here’s a great little four mile loop hike for those who want to see some wildflowers, various bird...
Here’s a great little four mile loop hike for those who want to see some wildflowers, various birds and wildlife, a pretty lake, solitude, and basalt escarpments carved out by the Missoula Floods (and perhaps don’t mind getting wet feet at the halfway point). Twin Lakes is located on BLM lands along the Lake Creek drainage and may be a little out of the way, but is easily accessible via Highway 2 or I-90 west of the little town of Harrington.

We parked in a scenic spot between the two lakes (upper and lower Twin Lakes) and headed out with 3 dogs along the west side of the lower (south) lake. There are no designated trails on this side of the lake, but never fear, the cows and deer have created wonderful trails along the tops of the basalt bluffs and along the shoreline. The views and terrain are pretty impressive. Basalt entablatures and columns drape the lake on both sides and the various levels of the flood-carved basalt layers create a myriad of hiking options out here. I’ve attached a map of the route we took.

Balsam root is just starting to bloom and in the next few weeks it will likely be in full bloom along with yellow bells, followed by lupine, bitterroot, and other pretty wildflowers. My hiking buddy encountered a coyote below one of the escarpments, and we saw and/or heard a number of birds including hawks, cliff swallows, red winged black birds, and the ever-melodramatic meadowlarks.

At the south end of the lower lake, BLM land abuts against private lands designated by a barbed wire fence. At this point, or sooner, you’ll need to cross the drainage to head back on the west side of the lake to make the perfect loop back. We looked for spots to ford prior to the BLM boundary, but opted to cross at the fence line as we saw a livestock/deer track heading across that probably is mostly free of water in the summer months. We ended up (1) putting on sandals and crossing with pants rolled up and (2) taking off the pants entirely and barefooting across the creek in skivvies. I was (1), my buddy chose option (2) and both were successful. We celebrated our successful crossing with lunch on the other side, next to an unbeknownst termite mound…

All in all, this is fun four mile hike with minimal elevation gain that is seldom hiked by others. It gets hot out here in the summer, so the spring and fall are ideal times to visit lower Twin Lake. The Missoula flood-carved basalt covered in brilliant green lichen is really a marvel to see, as is the lake itself. We saw a fisherman pull out a big trout on the upper lake, so imagine the fishing is pretty good on the lower lake as well. I think it’s a great little hike to share with all, so if you venture out this way, enjoy!
 
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Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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This is a good close to the west side, dry side hike. Arriving at 12:30 the parking area was mostly...
This is a good close to the west side, dry side hike. Arriving at 12:30 the parking area was mostly full, but with space available. The flower show had not started, we only saw grass widows in the open slopes and a few spring beauties in the pine woods. Trail is in good condition, hard packed dirt. There were no posted maps at the trailhead, see last year's trip reports for more details.
 
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Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
Wildflowers blooming
Mudholes
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I had time for a quick hike this morning, in what turned out to be a surprisingly sunny one, so head...
I had time for a quick hike this morning, in what turned out to be a surprisingly sunny one, so headed for the south side of Tiger Mountain. I haven't explored this aspect of the mountain yet so we went on an adventure.
We parked on the wide shoulder of SE Tiger Mtn Road and headed up the trail. It only has a trail marker at the beginning of the trail but we had no problems locating it.
It was a very quiet trail this morning, but quite lovely. Not much in the way elevation gain and the going was easy. Flowers are starting to bloom - trillium and salmon berries. There were a few muddy spots, but easy enough to step over.
We made it to Hobart Gap and along to the trailside creek mentioned in the hiking guide before turning back this morning. We definitely want to come back and explore further when time allows.
 
South Cascades -- Columbia Gorge
Wildflowers blooming
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This is a very nice wildflowers and Gorge views hike, but it is absolutely rampant with poison oak. ...
This is a very nice wildflowers and Gorge views hike, but it is absolutely rampant with poison oak. If you're particularly sensitive or just can't avoid it, choose another hike. It crowds the trail and even grows in the trail, although I can see someone has been trying to keep it cut back. Right now the poison oak is just leafing out, which is when it's most dangerous in my experience.

That said, I loved this hike. You go through a variety of habitats so you get different wildflower shows all on one trail. It is a bit steep at first, but once you get up on top of the bench you traverse through oak woodland on a pretty level trail til you get to the clearing created for the orchard, with its spectacular views east up the Gorge. The lower meadows are dominated by knapweed, but there's still plenty of nice grassland wildflowers, plus talus/scree wildflowers, then oak woodland wildflowers. Lots of butterflies too. The trail is in excellent shape but you'll need the directions from the Gorge trail guide book as there are some junctions but no signs.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Wildflowers blooming
Mudholes
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The meandering trail was a pleasant relief after the nerve racking drive on Middle Fork Snoqualmie R...
The meandering trail was a pleasant relief after the nerve racking drive on Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Rd. At mile 8, after passing through a yellow gate and over a small bridge, my rate of travel through the car-swallowing potholes sometimes was so low it sometimes didn’t register on the speedometer. The parking lot at the trailhead is huge. Clearly, they’re expecting a crowd. In contrast to the road, the trail was well maintained with only a few muddy spots. My vehicle was alone in the parking lot. The route starts across a remarkable & substantial bridge, another anticipation of high use. Vertical rock walls on either side of the river make the valley at times steep. Even at the wide places, it’s hard to believe that once steam locomotives chugged along the river bank.

The river was the main attraction with its green-glass transparency and hiss of occasional whitewater. I didn’t see the rumored herons or eagles, nor the fabled abundance of fish. The forest was pretty quiet except for raspy croaks from frogs and the burble of streamlets making their way to the river. There was ample evidence of the power of flooding water. In many places, log debris and scoured forest floor indicated a streamlet had once been a torrent. When the trail diverted away from the riverbank, it was often to skirt a landslide that left the crowns of tall trees in the river and their root tangles in the air.

Some wildflowers were blooming, but there many more colorful buds on both scrub and plant. I expect the next sunny days will yield a new display.

In the same day of my trip to this trail, the WTA website posted an article saying there will be intermittent road closures between May 2014 and Oct 2016 to repair the road and some paving. In fact, in the morning on my way to the trailhead, I passed a road grader and a dump truck of gravel. I’ll wait until the road is repaired before trying this trail again.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Blowdowns, Snow on trail
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A great hike on a slightly cloudy day. Trail was clear up until about 3.2 miles in when snow started...
A great hike on a slightly cloudy day. Trail was clear up until about 3.2 miles in when snow started to cover the ground. At about 3.5 mi. there were several blow downs which obscured the trail and made it a bit difficult to follow, but if you just follow the foot prints you should be fine. The top was covered in snow and we ate lunch with a couple of beautiful black capped chickadees. Would recommend traction but we did the hike just fine without it.
 
South Cascades -- Columbia Gorge
Wildflowers blooming
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This is a great level trail for fall through spring. I would not do it in summer as there is not on...
This is a great level trail for fall through spring. I would not do it in summer as there is not one bit of shade. Also once you get where it goes through oak woodland the ticks are unstoppable, at least right now in early spring.

This is a rail trail, so it is absolutely level, and wide enough that poison oak is not an issue. It follows Swale Creek through its canyon. It's very pretty and while there is not a huge variety of wildflowers, there's plenty of what there is. Gray's Lomatium mainly when I was there. Lots of birds too, due to the river, wetlands, and oak woodlands. Ground squirrels and marmots and frogs. Mourning Cloaks patrolled up and down the trail. This was a very enjoyable hike. The trail is in excellent condition, and all the creek crossings have nice new bridges.
 
Eastern Washington -- Wenatchee
Wildflowers blooming
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Perfect backpacking trip for a young family and a dog during this time of year. Our youngest is 7 a...
Perfect backpacking trip for a young family and a dog during this time of year. Our youngest is 7 and had no problems. There is little elevation gain and is a short hike to Dusty Lake.
The trails are not marked, so a map is helpful to avoid missing the turn off to the lake.
The weather was perfect--in the 60s during the day, upper 30s at night. No rain! The winds picked up in the evening, which cooled things off fast, and blew the tent around quite a bit.
Be prepared for hiking a dusty trail! We finally made our kids walk behind us to get a break from constantly eating their dust.
The only water available is from the lake, so either be prepared to filter lake water or pack it in.
We took a day hike to the Ancient Lakes. They were well worth the hike! Several waterfalls along the way and several lakes, making for a beautiful hike. Our boys had a great time spotting scorpions along the way. We had a blast!
 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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Hike of the week is dead on! Now is the time to come, perfect temps, didn't see any snakes or ticks ...
Hike of the week is dead on! Now is the time to come, perfect temps, didn't see any snakes or ticks yet. Grass Widow & Violets are popping! I've never seen so many fields in my life! BEAUTIFUL!
Yes, long drive but I had good company. Here's a tip, make sure you get your neck when applying sunscreen. I missed a spot, and boy am i paying today.. Ouch! Thank god it's only one side.
We had a lovely hike, birds sang to us most of the day. Nice views and interesting things to photograph. And I got my wildflower fix and sunshine that i needed.
 
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Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain
Wildflowers blooming
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thank you greenway to sound guys. trail survived the winter well. crews making things safe and nice....
thank you greenway to sound guys. trail survived the winter well. crews making things safe and nice. trail out to debbies just groomed . be careful and enjoy. by the way please take your bagged up dog poop with you . don't throw it down on the trail or worse in the ravine . photos next week.
 
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
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Got to the trailhead at noon and about 4 cars in the lot. Not bad for how nice it was today! First t...
Got to the trailhead at noon and about 4 cars in the lot. Not bad for how nice it was today! First time for me on this one and I will definitively will be going back again soon. Easy drive there and the trail was in great condition. A little snow towards the end and at the lake but its very well packed. I saw just a couple mosquitoes which is a reminder to get up here soon before they take over!
 
South Cascades -- Columbia Gorge
Wildflowers blooming
Water on trail
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One thing you should know, is that the best views of the Coyote Wall are from the parking area. The...
One thing you should know, is that the best views of the Coyote Wall are from the parking area. The trail goes along the TOP of the wall, so you can't see the wall itself. You could walk along the edge but I would not recommend that. Trampling and erosion for one, and for another, the wind is quite capable of blowing you over the edge. It was making me stagger.

Views, wildflowers, birding, all spectacular. The trail switchbacks back and forth along an old jeep track for a ways, and then it switches to going straight up. Very steeply, very unpleasantly. I did not continue far once I got to that point. It's an out and back, not a loop, so I didn't see the point. Lots of unmarked trail junctions so you'll need the directions from the Gorge trail guide book.

Lots of mountain bikers, but they were all going pretty slowly so never an issue. When I saw bikes coming, and you can see anyone coming from a long ways off, I dragged my dogs well off the trail, and most everyone thanked me for that, if they weren't puffing too hard to speak. No poison oak, no ticks to speak of. Lots of meadowlarks, bluebirds, turkey vultures, and at least one horned lark.

After I gave up going up, I took some of the side trails and had a good time that way. There's plenty of unmarked trails to explore, and lots of streams and waterfalls, little groves of oaks, and rocks and views. There is water on the trail in spots, but no biggie. The trail is mostly in pretty good shape. It starts along the closed portion of Old Highway 8 and you could walk quite a ways along that, with great views of the south end of Coyote Wall which is something like 1000ft tall.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Snow on trail, Road to trailhead inaccessible
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Road closed about 1 mi from the trailhead. Parked the car and hiked on the snowy road to the trailhe...
Road closed about 1 mi from the trailhead. Parked the car and hiked on the snowy road to the trailhead. The forest is still under 6 ft of snow, but trail is well traveled and hard packed all the way to the falls. Walked to the falls in low hiking boots with good tread, but used Yaktrax on the way back down. Trail is clear and easy to follow, although snow was smoothy at times. Great hike in great (sunny) weather. Couldn't ask for anything better!
 
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Olympics -- East
Road to trailhead inaccessible
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There is only room to park a couple of cars at the alternate trail head. Alternate trailhead is jus...
There is only room to park a couple of cars at the alternate trail head. Alternate trailhead is just across the creek where we used to acess the trail when the bridge was out. Half of the loop is closed. Pictures of the construction are here:
http://mosswalks.blogspot.com/2014/03/big-creek.html

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Snoqualmie Pass -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
Snow on trail
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Matt has never been to Hex...I couldn't believe it! Since the weather wasn't supposed to be the best...
Matt has never been to Hex...I couldn't believe it! Since the weather wasn't supposed to be the best, a trip to the east side of the crest seemed in order. The motley crew was: SuzanneH, Barry, Gus (the wonderdog), Carla, Elle, Izzy (cute border collie), Matt, SuzanneR, Tom, Jasper (the snowpig), Barb, and me. Lots of arranging of cars at park and ride lots before heading over I-90.

Weather improved as we headed over the crest. Good. We exited at the Roslyn exit, through a couple of traffic circles, then through Roslyn and Ronald, and then finally up the road. We parked right at the side of the road, near the gate.

We started out without snowshoes because the snow was thin but even so, it wasn't worth it. A few hundred feet up the road we dropped packs and put snowshoes on. It was just easier. The road is partially melted out in a couple of places but with snowshoes on we were able to walk around the dirt patches...a few we just stomped across the bard dirt. The road climbs steadily up. Just shy of two miles up the road is the summer trailhead (elev 3467).

The trail stays on the high point of the SW ridge of Hex. It's treed at first but then eventually opens up. I've done Hex several times and each time this open spot on the ridge is windy. Real windy. Today was no exception.

At the junction with the Sasse Mtn trail we headed right (SE) a short distance to the high point of Hex (3.75mi, elev 5034'). The trail drops a little bit, then heads back up. The summit is open and as expected...it was windy. There were a couple of quick photos and then we backtracked to the first saddle down below for a lunch break. Today was the fourth birthday for my new knees so I brought brownies for the group.

Eventually it was time to pack up. Instead of heading up the high point where the trail junction was, we traversed on the south face a 50-60' below the high point until we met up with the summer trail. Then it was down, down, down to the road and a not so long soul sucking road walk back to the car.

Stats: 7.46mi, 2756' gain (round trip)

More photos here: http://www.putz-in-boots.com/[…]/hex_mtn_tr.html
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
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A land slide has closed the main trail less than a mile from the trailhead. The slide area is easy ...
A land slide has closed the main trail less than a mile from the trailhead. The slide area is easy to traverse but there might be a fine if you got caught? The moss is looking Hoh-like this year due to the record rainfall we've had. The falls are looking very nice now. Much easier to photograph now than it was when it was in flood state a few weeks ago(too much spray).
 
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Issaquah Alps -- Squak Mountain
Blowdowns, Mudholes
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This was a great hike for dogs and people. Trails are very muddy close to the peak, so be careful on...
This was a great hike for dogs and people. Trails are very muddy close to the peak, so be careful on the way down and wear good shoes. There were lots of downed trees, but most were clear of the trail.

Signs aren't great on this trail. The distances aren't accurate and some turns are unmarked or it's unclear which direction the arrows are indicating. Taking 30 minutes to go ".3 mi" can be frustrating. But, it's nothing that would keep me off of a trail.

Also, I saw a few flowers getting ready to bloom. Spring is here!
 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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Very long drive out there from Seattle. The trails were all dried out (they looked like they were re...
Very long drive out there from Seattle. The trails were all dried out (they looked like they were recently very muddy and wet). Not too many people, there were maybe 8 or 9 cars in the parking lot. It was the perfect hiking temperature - not too warm, slight breeze, partly cloudy. The trails criss cross each other quite a bit. When you get there, you follow a short trail from the parking lot, over a creek, and down to the main area where there is a porta potty and a map board. Lots of pretty little wild flowers, quite a few bird calls, and coyote poo. This was an easy walk for my 4year old but the 2 year old had a hard time with the narrow tracks and rocks so he ended up in the backpack.
 
Olympics -- East
Blowdowns, Water on trail
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Trail is well maintained up to Lena Lake. Running water on trail. Water-proof boots are a must. Abov...
Trail is well maintained up to Lena Lake. Running water on trail. Water-proof boots are a must. Above Lena Lake (up to the National Park Boundary), the trail becomes narrower, rockier, and with more blowdowns. Some small snow patches off trail above the lake just before the park boundary. Only went a few hundred yards past the boundary before we turned back.

Hiked with two dogs and saw a few groups heading up trail as we were heading down.

The lake is self is beautiful and if it were warmer I would have loved to jump in. Good views of the lake if you keep right at the fork. I recommend backtracking to the fork (only a couple hundred feet) if you plan on heading up towards Upper Lena Lake as the connector from the north end of the lake to the Upper Lena Lake trail is sketchy.
 
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Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
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Spent a good 2 hours, give or take, going about halfway up the trail. It turned out to be more than ...
Spent a good 2 hours, give or take, going about halfway up the trail. It turned out to be more than we bargained for, coming off a lazy winter. There was some mud, but no more anywhere than the field leading up to the trailhead. Come to think of it, it could really use a gravel trail leading there, if not a paved path.

There were several dogs off-leash, so be advised. I was disappointed to find that all but one hiking party did not yield right-of-way to us going uphill. Also, not many happy faces - a far cry from our weekend in the Capitol State Forest the weekend prior.
 
Mt. Rainier -- NW - Carbon River / Mowich
Mudholes, Water on trail
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Once we found the correct side of the bridge it is very easy to get to the trail, park on the far si...
Once we found the correct side of the bridge it is very easy to get to the trail, park on the far side and walk back. This was a fun but very muddy hike today, fun to see the rock structures! You can walk through the field and down to the river where there is a waterfall.
 
Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
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Mt. Rose Trail Crew does a stupendous job maintaining this trail – wow!! There are no issues on th...
Mt. Rose Trail Crew does a stupendous job maintaining this trail – wow!! There are no issues on the trail, a few spots with a little water but nothing problematic, and A TON of very useful checks steps. This is one of those delightful spring jaunts that reminds a person just how out of shape she’s let herself get over the winter. Time to hit it hard before I don a full pack!! Pics are at: https://www.flickr.com/[…]/.

No problems to the parking area besides a few potholes to avoid once SR 119 turned to gravel. We were the only car there on a mostly sunny Sunday and ended up seeing only 2 other hikers on the trail the whole time.

After crossing two bridges over now-roaring creeks that drain into Lake Cushman, the trail enters the woods and climbs steadily but reasonably. Trillium, salal, and yellow violet are blooming with Oregon grape nearly in bloom. There is a really nice bench and viewpoint at one mile. After that, the climb remains steady but at a much steeper grade. At 3,000 feet you reach Horse Camp, and the loop for the summit trail. I spun randomly and ended up facing right, so that’s the way we went. Not surprisingly, this is the longer way.

We encountered steady snow on the trail at 3,500’ but only about an inch deep. Because it’s melting, it is slick in spots. Traction or poles are not needed but helpful. By 2.5 miles and ~3,600 feet, our little dog was post holing in about 8” of snow and looked pretty cold. I wasn’t up to carrying him so we turned around there. I always like leaving some motivation to come back which we will certainly do.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Mudholes, Water on trail
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First Hike for my husband and I, and our puppy. Was a very rainy day, but we were protected much of ...
First Hike for my husband and I, and our puppy. Was a very rainy day, but we were protected much of the time by the trees. Not too crowded, and we could easily let others pass anywhere along the trail. Had to use hands at times to climb the steep, rocky, path. Well maintained trail.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Water on trail
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Great short day hike! Set out about noon and reached the lookout just before 1pm. Pretty wet conditi...
Great short day hike! Set out about noon and reached the lookout just before 1pm. Pretty wet conditions all the way up, lots of tree drip. Some mud on the trail near the end but nothing that is impassible. I'm sure during sunny days the view from the lookout is amazing (not much to see through the cloud and fog cover today).

Once you turn around the bend away from HWY 2 you are immersed in a mossy forest. It becomes surprisingly quiet being relatively close to the road. My dog and I were the only hikers on the way up and encountered 5 hikers on the way back down (Naturally the sun came out as we were on our way back down).

Directions are spot on, just past MP 37 there is a large gravel parking area on the north side of HWY 2.
 
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Blowdowns, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Wet, but good, day for a hike. There were some trees down about half way up the trail. Snow the la...
Wet, but good, day for a hike. There were some trees down about half way up the trail. Snow the last half mile up to the lake.
 
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South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
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Started at FS 7160 and hiked downstream to Skookum Falls. That 4 mile segment is now clear; there a...
Started at FS 7160 and hiked downstream to Skookum Falls. That 4 mile segment is now clear; there are 3 small logs to cross and some scattered snow patches easily crossed. Beautiful trail, lots of river access. The 1/4 mile goat trail up to see the falls is another matter. I didn't bother but heard it was nice as the falls are gushing right now.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Snow on trail
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Gorgeous day. Drove to 1/2 mile of the trail head. Wore snowshoes but did not really need them. Spi...
Gorgeous day. Drove to 1/2 mile of the trail head. Wore snowshoes but did not really need them. Spikes would be good on a few slippery spots. Trail is clear and easy to the lake which is mostly frozen over. Met 3 small groups of hikers and 2 other dogs.
 
South Cascades -- Columbia Gorge
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It was a beautiful sunny day for a spring hike!! Just a tease of what is to come with the approachin...
It was a beautiful sunny day for a spring hike!! Just a tease of what is to come with the approaching summer weather. The trail was very well maintained. There are a few streams that you cross so the dogs have water to drink along the way. There were a few other groups of hikers with and without dogs that we ran into but the trail was pretty quiet for such a nice day. On our way out we finally saw some horses headed in! Might have to come back out with the horsies. We did hike one of the horse turn offs along the trail and there was a blow down that blocked the path for horses. To sum it up, nice easy rolling hike. Nothing too hard, nice view points, clean well maintained trail, except the horse turn offs.
 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
No water source
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For a full report and more photos check out our blog! http://bobbyandmaura.com/hikes/yakima-skyline-...
For a full report and more photos check out our blog! http://bobbyandmaura.com/hikes/yakima-skyline-rim

We went in search of wildflowers and were a bit early… We found a couple but were disappointed that there weren't more.

The road in was in really rough shape and is one of our top contenders for worst road traveled on to get to a hike. There is a bridge over the creek now, so ignore when the guidebook, 100 Classic Hikes in WA, warns of a stream crossing.

We did encounter a few dirt bikers along the trail but they were very polite and considerate.

The top of Wenas Peak is completely trashed. There are huge piles of broken glass so be sure to keep your dogs close and on leash to prevent paw injuries.

Nice easy hike to do while 6 months pregnant, if you can survive the 7 mile rough drive in!
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
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Lennox Mountain has been taunting me from afar since I first laid eyes on its rolling snowy slopes f...
Lennox Mountain has been taunting me from afar since I first laid eyes on its rolling snowy slopes from somewhere within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. I had hoped to continue on to Lennox after climbing Cleveland Mountain, and then from Canoe Peak but each time the summit seemed just out of reach. After conceding that this one would deserve the dedication of a full day, I began to look for the perfect snow conditions and weather forecast. With a Sunday that would live up to it's name and the lowest predicted avalanche danger in weeks I was confident that the third time would be the charm.

Lennox Mountain is ideally climbed (from the south, at least) with enough snow to ease travel through the thick brush which covers the forest floor for the first 1000' or so above the road. I was a bit surprised to find snow on road 5730 about 3 miles from the end. Some jeep ruts helped to get me and my crappy tires another half mile, and I was off with Maverick in tow by 6:30 am. The jeep tracks stopped just past Spur Road 113 where snowshoes instantly became necessary. McClain Peak and Mount Phelps lit up in alpenglow behind us, and what could only be Lennox Mountain briefly appeared ahead, though it looked oddly tame from this angle.

We left the road around 2600' in order to gain some elevation before crossing the next creek. While I thought at first we may have gone higher than required, we happened to cross just above the start of a deep, wide trench in the snow. I had hoped for a more consolidated snow pack but by 10 am the sun really began to bake the surface and each deep step brought with it a mound of slush caked onto my snowshoes. In a few steep sections I was forced to make painfully mellow switchbacks so that Maverick could get somewhere with his efforts.

When we reached the sharp SW ridge our surface travel was slightly eased by past snow bombs from above. We finally glimpsed the summit at 11:30 across a huge open snowfield. At last confident that we would reach the top, we took a long break in the sunshine to prepare for the final push. We played it safe and stayed near the tree line while maintaining a safe distance from massive overhanging cornice on the North side of the ridge. Clouds began to move in from all directions, shrouding Index and surrounding peaks where I knew Colin and some friends from the Tacoma Mountaineers were enjoying Lake Serene. As the terrain became more open and exposed, surface conditions improved, making the final few hundred feet some of the easiest travel all day.

Views from the top were glorious! The 2000'+ of prominence could not be ignored with deep river basins stretching out in all directions. Coney Lake was nearly indiscernible under mounds of pillowy snow. We had reached the summit less than 15 minutes before a firm turn-around time of 2 pm. Although I brought a shovel for the purpose, I had no desire to begin digging for a register. We were both beat - Maverick was practically falling asleep sitting up and my hips were really feeling 3000' of breaking trail.

Th soft snow that had made for a 7 1/2 hour ascent allowed for an easy return in just over 2 hours. On our way out the road was busy with jeeps and firearm enthusiasts. The small mud slide seemed even smaller in the daylight, I doubt it would even stop a passenger car. I noticed a half dozen bullet-riddled televisions littered on the roadside just outside the National Forest boundary. Classy.

7:30 up
2:30 down
11 miles round trip
~4000' elevation gain

Pictures and route map @ http://www.jebsjourneys.com[…]n-has-been-taunting-me.html
 
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Issaquah Alps
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Fun hike up the mountain with a friend, two 10 year olds, and a dog. There are some good climbs up t...
Fun hike up the mountain with a friend, two 10 year olds, and a dog. There are some good climbs up this, but nothing your average out of shape 40 something year old can't handle. My friend is one of those masochistic marathon runners so he saw a great opportunity for a trail run. I'll walk it, thank you very much. The trail was in very good condition with occasional muddy patches. You go from wooded area to previously clear cut areas. Views are tremendous once you get up above the 900 foot level. I always suggest getting started around 8:00 am. This is also used as a horse trail and if you wait until too late in the day you'll be sharing a relatively narrow trail with some 1,200 pound friends. They'll be courteous, but it's easier if you get done before they hit the trail.
 
Olympics -- East
Blowdowns, Water on trail
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On this beautiful early spring afternoon the family piled into the rig and took off for a trail we'd...
On this beautiful early spring afternoon the family piled into the rig and took off for a trail we'd yet to visit. There is nothing more magical than hiking in new territory.

The parking lot had quite a few cars, the Lena Lake lived up to her reputation for drawing crowds as we were in good company. I'm happy to report that there was not much litter on the ground - I'd expected to stuff my pack with garbage.

The trail was in great shape, only a few areas had minimal water. No snow, no wash outs and only a few manageable blow downs that were easy to step over.

Looking forward to visiting again.
 
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Snow on trail, Road to trailhead inaccessible
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Wanted to go check out Lake Elizabeth however at 1.3 miles up Forest Road 6410, ran into snow on the...
Wanted to go check out Lake Elizabeth however at 1.3 miles up Forest Road 6410, ran into snow on the road and was not able to go any farther.
 
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Issaquah Alps -- Tiger Mountain
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Always a great easy hike to get to and you still feel like you get some good exercise. Several para...
Always a great easy hike to get to and you still feel like you get some good exercise. Several paragliders out today made the view especially good. Lots of folks on the trail (and their dogs), so don't come for solitude, but everyone is always in good spirits.
 
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Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
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Day Hike to Lower Lena Lake. Nice moderate 6 mile round trip out and back. The Lake is beautiful. Tr...
Day Hike to Lower Lena Lake. Nice moderate 6 mile round trip out and back. The Lake is beautiful. Trail well maintained and well traveled. March is a good time of year to do this hike, as the trail is busy and would get more so in the summer. Driving to the trail head is easy, on paved roads.
 
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