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

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

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

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

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

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

Trail is very muddy.

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

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

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


 
Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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We had intended to do the longer Snow Mountain Ranch loop but took the Cowiche Canyon Loop by mistak...
We had intended to do the longer Snow Mountain Ranch loop but took the Cowiche Canyon Loop by mistake. The trail is rustic, but easy to follow. The first mile in the clockwise direction is flat and all of the 1200 feet of elevation happen in the next 2 miles. The wind blew steadily which added to the difficulty, but the 6 mile loop took us under 2 hours with 25 lb packs. There were wildflowers in bloom and lots of tender sage. More pictures and story here. http://hikemindedpeople.blo[…]ch-cowiche-canyon-loop.html
 
South Cascades -- Columbia Gorge
Wildflowers blooming
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We did a short trip to Gorge area, it should have been 2.5 days but weather turned on us so we ended...
We did a short trip to Gorge area, it should have been 2.5 days but weather turned on us so we ended up only having 24 hours. We did as much as possible Columbia Hills, Horsethief butte, and finished with Eagle Creek on the OR side. We camped at Columiba Hills SP or Horsethief Lake whichever i'm still confused. It's just across the street to Dalles Mt Ranch and worth the hike and drive. The flowers are spectacular right now! We didn't see any ticks or snakes but i know they are starting to come out. But don't let that stop you from coming to this area, everything is so green and beautiful right now! Spring at it's finest!
 
Olympics -- Coast
Wildflowers blooming
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The hike was fantastic. Good views, healthy smells, and soothing sounds. Trail is slippery in spots ...
The hike was fantastic. Good views, healthy smells, and soothing sounds. Trail is slippery in spots on the boardwalk. Some great trail work being done. Putting more solid tread in places where it works, and replacing old wood.
 
South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
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This trail is in great shape. There are two, easy to step over, trees and a tiny little bit of snow ...
This trail is in great shape. There are two, easy to step over, trees and a tiny little bit of snow on the trail. Lots of water right now is making the creeks and falls just beautiful! I love the mossy rock walls and the staircase that helps you up the very steep section.

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

It would be great to see a hiking guide here for this lovely trail.
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Blowdowns, Mudholes, Water on trail, Snow on trail
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Went up to Dirty Harry on a surprisingly sunny Friday... Super wet/rocky road up to the Balcony, bu...
Went up to Dirty Harry on a surprisingly sunny Friday...
Super wet/rocky road up to the Balcony, but beyond water-pretty solid stream/I mean trail--I would, however, definitely bring some good and waterproof footwear.
Beautiful views from the Balcony. But a foolish pride instilled in me when young kept me going to the summit. Hit snow after the turn by the talus. Deep, soft snow. A ton of work climbing all that way. Followed some very old snowshoe track--finally made summit, but it was gray everywhere in cloud! Fun coming back down--slip and slide.
Took an alternate trail back from the balcony--good 'trail sense' needed...
Beautiful day, recommend the balcony, the top--eh? Be prepared for a real heavy slog.
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Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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The wildflowers are out on the Yakima Skyline Ridge/Rim Trail! Lots of balsam root, lupine and assor...
The wildflowers are out on the Yakima Skyline Ridge/Rim Trail! Lots of balsam root, lupine and assorted others. I hiked the "old approach" accessing the L.T. Murray DNR from the south at the end of Buffalo Road north of Selah. Beautiful weather, blue skies, great views up and down Yakima River Canyon. I'd avoid the trail this weekend (April 19-20). Rainshadow Running is holding a 50K/25K trail run so you'd be dodging runners. The 18th was great! Had the trail to myself. Hiked to Gracie Point and back. Beautiful!
 
South Cascades -- Columbia Gorge
Wildflowers blooming
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Camped at Columbia Hills CG for one night, it's a small place maybe 8 spots and a few hook-ups, but ...
Camped at Columbia Hills CG for one night, it's a small place maybe 8 spots and a few hook-ups, but very clean and neat. Loved the views, history, boats you can rent. This place really has alot to offer folks. I even hooked up with 2 of my cousins here. Hadn't seen them in over 10 years! Good times. Just a little stroll around the butte for us this evening no climbing for our group. We did spot lots of wildflowers and some poison oak. Don't forget your Discovery Pass- Ranger was waiting in the parking lot for folks.
 
Mt. Rainier -- SE - Longmire / Paradise
Blowdowns, Snow on trail
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Because of the road work currently going on from Monday through Friday, there were delays so it too...
 Because of the road work currently going on from Monday through Friday, there were delays so it took us a little longer to get to Longmire. When we got started at the trailhead, I had to put my rain gear on as the snow from the trees melted and we were rained down by melting snow. There is a log on the trail that we had to crawl over, but not bad. The trail was clear of snow until we got closer to the ridge, then there was about an inch to an inch and a half of snow. We did not need snowshoes. We hiked to the high point where we could see the mountain. It was cold and windy and we had some good glimpses of the mountain. We did not do the loop but came back the same way we hiked up. I think the views are better. We enjoyed our hike as we had some sunshine.
 
Olympics -- West
Wildflowers blooming
Blowdowns, Bridge out, Mudholes, Water on trail
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This was an overnight hike to the Enchanted Valley in the Olympics. The trail up to Pyrites creek i...
This was an overnight hike to the Enchanted Valley in the Olympics. The trail up to Pyrites creek is in good condition, there are many small creek fords. There was a lot of water on the trail. Flowers starting to come out, found some bleeding hearts blooming! The bridge is out at Pyrites Creek. I was able to ford the creek where the trail meets the creek, there are no rocks exposed for rock hopping. The water is swift, cold and just above my knees. I took it slow and used my hiking poles for support. The trail from Pyrites Creek to the valley has multiple trees down on the trail, a couple of those are huge and there is no way around them so be prepared to go off trail to get around them. The Chalet is still standing but the ground under it is eroding away. Very sad. Beautiful Valley!
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Wildflowers blooming
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Wow, the falls are seriously going off right now. Spring is definitely the time to visit Teneriffe ...
Wow, the falls are seriously going off right now. Spring is definitely the time to visit Teneriffe Falls. We visited on a friday mid-day and only encountered a few other parties on the trail, and were by ourselves while actually at the upper falls. The day was mostly cloudy and cool, and it was quite chilly and damp at the falls, but we found a nice boulder with a view in the sunshine for a lunch break on the way back down.

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

Trillium and salmonberry blossoms are blooming.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The only negative was that the wind was exceptionally strong, with gusts making it difficult to walk on the rocky downhill portion of the hike. I regret not preparing for the buffeting wind by bringing a hat to keep my hair out of my face. Oh well, it wasn’t enough to keep this from being a good hiking experience.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Water on trail, Snow on trail, Road to trailhead inaccessible
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FOUND: large set of car keys and other keys. Road to campground was snowed in, parked maybe 1/2 mile...
FOUND: large set of car keys and other keys. Road to campground was snowed in, parked maybe 1/2 mile below campground, 1000 ft before bridge?

My son and I hiked up towards Franklin Falls - all snow, beautiful, but slow going.
 
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Eastern Washington -- Wenatchee
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This is not a trip report per se, but valuable information nevertheless. We were running out of t...
This is not a trip report per se, but valuable information nevertheless.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I did encounter a few other hikers, plus two bikers, on the Iverson. But I had the other trails, and the road, all to myself.
 
Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
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5 minutes of video clips from the hike: http://youtu.be/m9AsG5zaL3Y Trail is in great shape. For f...
5 minutes of video clips from the hike: http://youtu.be/m9AsG5zaL3Y
Trail is in great shape. For flowers, saw trillium, red flowering currant, avalanche lilies and lady slipper orchids. Only about 20 other hikers all day.
April is a great time for this popular hike - no crowds on the trail yet, lake is full from snowmelt, spring flowers starting up and no biting bugs!
Had a wonderful time with my good friend Dan, admiring the huge trees, the enormous moss-covered boulders, cascading creeks, picturesque trail bridges and then of course the dramatic alpine lake. A friendly butterfly even landed on my hand a few times!
 
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Olympics -- East
Wildflowers blooming
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What a great first hike of the season: a gorgeous day, gentle hike, wildflowers, roaring river. (Thi...
What a great first hike of the season: a gorgeous day, gentle hike, wildflowers, roaring river. (This would be a great hike to do with children.) I did start up toward the hump, knowing I had neither the time nor the inclination to go all the way, hoping to find a vista before I had to turn back. I did; but it took second seat to the fawn lilies and chocolate lilies. the lower elevation part of the trail was resplendent with trillium, and a pair of fairy slippers. Wonderful hike!
 
Olympics -- South
Wildflowers blooming
Blowdowns, Mudholes
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We began our hike at the LeBar Horsecamp TH to eliminate the 300 ft gain when starting at the Lower ...
We began our hike at the LeBar Horsecamp TH to eliminate the 300 ft gain when starting at the Lower South Fork Skokomish Trail #873. There were 6 vehicles parked at the TH when we arrived. We gained 81 feet to the junction with Trail #873. There are several blowdowns along the trail and Nutmeg in her 2-28-14 report has pictures showing many of these. Because of my short legs, I had to lie on my abdomen and crawl under one of the logs on our return because I was on the downhill side. Another large tree across the trail must be crawled under. Despite the obstacles this was an enjoyable hike in a beautiful old growth forest of firs, cedars, and maples and a lush green understory of ferns and moss covered logs and stumps. There are 4 beautiful new bridges and areas where you can relax along the river. Flowers seen were yellow violets, calypso orchids, salmonberry, bleeding hearts, oxalis, spring beauty, Indian plum, and thousands of trillium. Our GPS said we hiked a total of 11 miles.
 
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway
Blowdowns, Snow on trail
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Geezer Patrol + spouse headed out with great fervor on a fine morning as this hike has been on our t...
Geezer Patrol + spouse headed out with great fervor on a fine morning as this hike has been on our to-do list for some time now. With the opening of the gate at Barlow Pass, the lure proved unresistable. That undaunted fervor however rapidly faded as the members observed the mounting snow piles along the road and the outside temperature dropping to 32F despite assurances from the hike planner (moi) that all would be well. Visions of a slow death ensconced in chest deep slush darkened the mood. Even though the trailhead parking lot had 10" of snow, the sunshine streaming down on the trailhead pooper presaged a fine day. No-one else was here!
The trail is an old logging road that immediately provides a route choice 300 yards in. We chose the upper Elliot trail which was a bit disconcerting as it immediately heads off in the wrong direction for about a half mile. Fear not, as it finally heads southeast on a nice, steady gradient and NO SNOW. With the bordering deciduous trees not yet bloomed, there is almost continuous view to the peaks west - a very easy trail on the feet.
After passing the convergence with the lower Elliot trail, the path thru the humungous cedar forest makes you want to stay there forever. Your neck will ache following these babies skyward. After leaving the grove, the trail begins its pronounced upward movement with several significant blowdown and stream crossings required. Glad to have the hiking poles along. When you hear MacIntosh falls, beware the immediate uphill 180 the trail takes LEFT away from the falls next to a large rootball. Instead, we eagerly plodded straight ahead on the remains of a cedar planked wagon road to the base of the falls only to find that we had completely lost the trail after our picture taking session there. Scrambling straight uphill 100 yards east alongside the falls, we finally re-encountered the main trail and shortly ambled out into the open by the lake outlet on a snowfield.
The lake is still covered with ice and snow but no matter since we had the sun shining on our luncheon spot and by now the air temp had rocketed to over 50F. The lake shore is dry and free of snow for ample sunbathing opportunities while enjoying the views south to Foggy Peak.
Being naturally adventurous and only slightly footsore, we elected to return along the lower Elliot trail. I do not recommend doing that for a few more weeks as most of that trail is covered with soft snow up to 18" deep in places. The constant strain on the ankles and awkward foot loading makes one hunger for Jack Daniels and a bag of analgesics. Have you ever driven your car with Elephantiasis of the feet? It is real pretty in there however, as the trail follows close to the river on the lower sections.
So, go on a weekday if you can. Play hookie from work. We spent the whole day by ourselves, nary a soul insight. This has to be one of our most scenic ventures in the woods.
 
Mt. Rainier -- NW - Carbon River / Mowich
Bridge out, Mud/Rockslide, Washouts
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I had intended to do a trail run along the Carbon River to the suspension bridge at the upper crossi...
I had intended to do a trail run along the Carbon River to the suspension bridge at the upper crossing right below the Carbon Glacier moraine. However, at the junction of the lower crossing, the bridge is washed out. I attempted to use the trail on the south side despite the signage saying it was closed (I know, I know but I hate being stopped short of a goal) but there are several washouts along that trail and I eventually turned around after a about a quarter of a mile due to a slide/washout that wasn't really safe to cross with only trail running gear with me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

All trails are in good condition. No bugs yet.

What an enjoyable way to start the day...
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Wildflowers blooming
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This hike was gorgeous! I was a little skeptical because of how popular it is that it wouldn't be ve...
This hike was gorgeous! I was a little skeptical because of how popular it is that it wouldn't be very intense--but my friends and I were definitely sweating on the way up! The views were breathtaking--and very impressive(you could see all the way to Seattle) considering the length of the hike! The hike took us about 3.5 hours roundtrip, including us hanging out on the top for a while. I'd say it took about 1.5-2 hours up, and then we probably spent 30-45 minutes at the top and 45 minutes-1 hour on the way down (which we jogged the majority of). The trail is very well maintained so you can definitely get away with wearing any old tennis shoes--overall I was very impressed by this hike, it was a blast!
 
Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Blowdowns, Snow on trail
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Wonderful day for hiking! Sun shining and birds chirping, all of that... First half of trail, easy...
Wonderful day for hiking! Sun shining and birds chirping, all of that...
First half of trail, easy going through a spring-smelling forest. Second half begins the snow, eventually the whole hillside becomes snow. Chutes in morning were crisp and hard (a generous open night sky), but softened very quickly as the day progressed. Trail becomes a multi-pathed mess--stay low (to the hiker's left) or else you'll end up climbing Silver Peak!
Annette was lovely--complete solitude with a simple waterfall as background for three hours! Met two parties coming up trail on way back, but snow had softened considerably...I'd say go early morning, understand conditions, be okay with steeps, and possess solid route-finding skills. But still, pretty simple and beauteous hike.
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Eastern Washington -- Yakima
Wildflowers blooming
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My old friend, Jeff, whom I hadn't seen in probably 10 years, was passing through the area today and...
My old friend, Jeff, whom I hadn't seen in probably 10 years, was passing through the area today and we met up at Umtanum Canyon for an afternoon hike. We walked about 2.5 miles up the canyon and back. We had no difficulty crossing the creek. We didn't see a lot of wildflowers, no bighorn sheep, & there were plenty of other hikers in the canyon, but the cottonwoods were that lovely lime green that they have when they are just leafing out. It was a sunny, warm day & they were spectacular. It was a wonderful afternoon with an old friend.
 
South Cascades -- Chinook Pass - Enumclaw or Hwy 410 area
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Got to the trailhead by 9, but spent about 20 minutes walking around till I realized there are 2 tra...
Got to the trailhead by 9, but spent about 20 minutes walking around till I realized there are 2 trail entrances at the parking lot for the longer route.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The trail is in great shape.

This is a wonderful hike for early spring!

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Eastern Washington -- Inland NW
No water source
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Trails converge from the day use area and overnight campgrounds to ascend a scramble up to the top o...
Trails converge from the day use area and overnight campgrounds to ascend a scramble up to the top of Steamboat Rock. The ascent can be tricky in places due to marbly soil and loose rocks. Trekking poles help.

Near the top, the trail splits. To the left is a path which splits again. The left split reportedly goes up to a view over the east side of the rock. We bypassed it and continued straight through a draw, over relatively flat terrain, eventually wandering over to a nice view to the SW overlooking Banks Lake. Then we headed east and found a fantastic view to the SSE from atop a sheer cliff. Swallows swooped past us and a small marmot trundled by in front of us, right along the edge of the cliff. The entire peninsula was visible, and a lot more to the south, where a vertical face of Steamboat Rock provided contrast. An eagle caught updrafts against the rock face.

From here, we crossed back to the relatively flat area, then climbed beyond it the last 200 feet or so to the flat top of the rock. A couple of glacial erratics attracted us to them. We stopped for lunch at the larger rock pile, thinking it would provide a nice place to sit. But a huge amount of marmot droppings made it less appealing.

From there we struck out to the NNE and found our way back to the top of the ascent chute. We decided to explore the path that originally led to the right. Good choice. The views to the north were easily obtained, and absolutely astounding - my favorites of the whole hike. Again, there was a vertical cliff face to stay back from. But this time the view of Banks Lake to the north included numerous rock peninsulas and islands - very picturesque!
 
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Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Water on trail
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After reading the previous trip reports I was surprised to easily find the trail head, especially si...
After reading the previous trip reports I was surprised to easily find the trail head, especially since the old road is closed and you can't possibly go that way. With that said, there was a spot in the old road section of the trail with new posts on the side of the trail and orange flags which wasn't clear to us. We took the trail up from here and found it was a side trail to go over the stream. We ignored this detour on our way back and found the main trail crossing by the waterfall to be fairly easy going.

There was no snow, just several tricky stream crossings. Although we only reached the end of the 23 (not 40) switchbacks, about 1/2 miles from the first lake when the constant bear huffing noise finally convinced us she/he wasn't eager for us to continue.
 
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Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
Snow on trail
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Went with a group of four. We started off along the Ira Spring Trailhead at about 10:30. Since the t...
Went with a group of four. We started off along the Ira Spring Trailhead at about 10:30. Since the trail is wide, developed, and maintained well, the initial ascent was relatively simple and quick. We made our way up to the switchbacks in about an hour, and came across the first signs of snow shortly after. The snow was easy to travel through up until the junction with the Bandera Mountain Trail. At this point, we followed the footsteps of the hikers ahead of us. The snow was very compact, and we had no crampons, so we kept our steps heavy and kept from ending up slipping or sliding downward. The snow travel took a significant amount of time, but we gradually made our way up and took a break at the Mason Lake lookout. The final section to the Little Bandera Mountain summit was a bit less steep and was still heavily treaded by other hikers, so we were able to make it up without issues. We took a fairly long break at the summit, and began down the mountain at about 1:30. The descent down the snowy section of the hike involved tentative, slow travel as well as some purposeful sliding and jumping around. One could grip onto the snow when necessary, so any approach was acceptable. Once reaching the dry Ira Spring Trail again, we took a faster pace down, and arrived back at the parking lot by about 3:30. The sky was clear and sunny, so the trail was busy throughout our hike. It is clear that spring hiking is picking up, and that this is a popular trail to start the season with. Not many people were heading to Mason Lake or to the actual summit of Bandera Mountain, but those who were willing to follow footsteps in the snow could certainly make it to Little Bandera’s summit in casual hiking clothes. Overall, the hike provided a conventional wilderness outing with a bit of compact snow travel toward the summit, which made the trip both stimulating and calming throughout the course of the day.
 
Olympics -- South
Wildflowers blooming
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The last 8 miles on FR23 to the TH has many potholes so slow driving is recommended. There were 2 ca...
The last 8 miles on FR23 to the TH has many potholes so slow driving is recommended. There were 2 cars at the TH when we arrived. We did the 2 mile loop clockwise. There are many Beautiful old growth trees along the way. One of the sturdy log bridges has a section of railing broken off which is unnerving for a wimp like me! Spring beauty, many trillium, and yellow violets were blooming. This is a very pretty lake with a campsite complete with a table inviting a first backpacking experience for young hikers! We took a side trip to the 420 foot High Steel Bridge over the Skokomish River to view Vincent Creek Falls before our hike and afterwards. The bridge and falls are very impressive! The falls is one of the falls listed in the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trails brochure. You can read about this trail at Http://www.OlympicPeninsulaWaterfallTrail.com
 
North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway
Blowdowns
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A gorgeous weekend in the North Cascades! Saturday, we hiked the Diablo Lake Trail and camped at Co...
A gorgeous weekend in the North Cascades! Saturday, we hiked the Diablo Lake Trail and camped at Colonial Creek Campground. Saturday night from camp, we walked along the closed and totally quiet Hwy 20 in the darkness, marveling at the nearly full moon, the stars, and the brilliant moonlit whiteness of the snow on the mountains!
Sunday before heading home, we hiked the Ross Dam Trail to the dam and about 10 minutes beyond before turning back. The lake seemed very low. Trail was totally dry with a couple of minor blowdowns. Lots of colorful butterflies! Hiking back up from the dam to parking lot was HOT! It really felt like a summer day. Great weekend!
 
Puget Sound and Islands -- North Sound
Wildflowers blooming
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A work party in Sharpe Park in April--definitely more lovely and more temperate than a summer's day....
A work party in Sharpe Park in April--definitely more lovely and more temperate than a summer's day. The hot eye of heaven was shining at just the right brightness. We were led by Arlen of the gold complexion and beard untrimmed, with ACLs Terry and Rich. It was a small work party--just 7--but we didn't feel overmanaged, even with all of those orange and blue hats.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The bathrooms at the trailhead were locked. :(

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plus, there's the mystery trees, an odd throne carved out of a tree stump, and lots of overturned logs and stumps that give you fun things to look at and investigate as you go.
 
Mt. Rainier -- SE - Longmire / Paradise
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Hiked first 2 miles on solid ground, then put on snowshoes and went another 2 miles to a view of Mt....
Hiked first 2 miles on solid ground, then put on snowshoes and went another 2 miles to a view of Mt. Rainier. Note that the views only open up at that 4-mile point -- until then, it was a pleasant walk through the woods, but with hardly any views. So if you do go, be prepared to go all the way.

For a bit more detail & pictures, see my blog post: http://blog.michaelzlat.com[…]-of-iron-mount-rainier.html
 
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