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Mt. St. Helens

11 miles of hiking • 5750' elevation gain • 1 night

Started the climb around 5 AM & Worm Flow route taken. Was told Monitor Ridge route will open June 1st. Snow is melting out quickly & the first half mile or so was snow free. Put on crampons after crossing the rocky section. Took us about 5 hours to reach the top. Glissade a fair amount on the way down which cut about a mile on the decent.

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May 14 – May 15, 2018


Buck Mtn.

10.33 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

Accessed Buck Mtn. via the Elbo Creek TH. Trail to the summit entirely snow free. Lots of eagle activity in the area must of seen around a dozen of them flying around while on the summit....both bald & golden.

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May 5, 2018

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Mt. Washington

8.67 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

Snow present for the last 1 1/2 miles of the assent. I used crampons for that section but one could make it to the summit w/o traction devices. Light snow showers at the 4200’ summit. No views due to the weather.

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April 28, 2018


Mt. Storm King & Merymere Falls

5.56 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •

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April 21, 2018


Pack Forest-Hugo Peak

4.7 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

I have not done this hike for several years and decided to give it a go again as the Grandson had a football game the Puyallup area. Quite a bit of trail work has been done since I last hiked here with some elevated wooded pathways now over the really wet and muddy sections and in a couple places the trail has been re-routed due to what appears to be excessive erosion. To get some good vertical climb though one really has to do the steep section twice. Overall not a bad somewhat close to town hike for a wet, drippy day

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April 15, 2018

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Mt. Teneriffe

8.52 miles of hiking • 4250' elevation gain •

The new Teneriffe TH parking lot is nice but it does add a lot of foot traffic to Teneriffe Falls. From the Falls we took the Kamikaze trail to the summit of Teneriffe. According to my GPS from the Falls the elevation gain is 2000’ in just over a mile so it is a steep climb. The last 1000’ is snow covered and microspikes were helpful in getting to the summit.

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March 31, 2018


Pinnacle Peak

4.18 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

This is a nice short steep conditioning hike but you really need to go up one side to the summit, down the other side, and than repeat.... for it to be worthwhile.

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March 25, 2018

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Tiger Mtn.—Summits 2 & 3

6.5 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Started from the Highpoint TH & took various trails up to summit 2. From their hike over to summit 3 & then descended via the Cable Line Trail.

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March 17, 2018

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Olympics-Deer Ridge

9 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •

Was shooting for the summit of Blue Mtn. but got a late start & settled on getting up to the top of Deer Ridge which was at approx 5700’. Microspikes used for the first 3 miles or so & than we swtched to snowshoes for the final bit.

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March 10, 2018


Tiger Mt—Summit 3

5.98 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Took Section Line Trail up to the summit of Tiger 3. Top 3rd of the trail was extremely icy & microspikes were used.

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March 3, 2018


Olympics—Big Creek

8.6 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •

Hiked as far up as where the trail intersects with the lower Mt. Ellinor Trail. On this day the entire route was snow covered but no traction devices were used.

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February 24, 2018


Tiger Mtn.—Poo Poo Point

5.28 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Took the Chirico Trail up to Poo Poo Point. They have really gentrified this trail with lots of new switchbacks & stone steps. For a short training hike the old trail was much better.

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February 18, 2018


Tiger Mtn.

5.73 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Section Line Trail to the summit of Tiger 3

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February 10, 2018


Mt. Rose

6 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •

Snow began a bit before the summit loop junction & while I used micro spikes I wish I had brought the snowshoes as the postholing became a pain the higher one climbed due to the warm temps.Trail to the top is relatively easy to follow after the junction. Just keep your eyes open for the orange ribbons.

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February 3, 2018

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Chambers Bay Park

4.5 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •

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January 27, 2018


Pt. Defiance Park

4.75 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Windy, rainy, muddy.....just a typical winter hike @ Pt. Defiance Park.

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January 21, 2018

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Mt. Rainier-Reflection Lake & Pinnacle Saddle Attempt

5.31 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Began the hike at the Narada Falls TH. Snowshoe trails were clearly marked & easy to follow to the lake. The trail up to Pinnacle Saddle required some route finding & we quit when the post holing got hip deep.

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January 13, 2018


Pt. Defiance

4.72 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Typical seasonal sloppy muddy trails. The dog is always up for a good sloppy hike with a quick clean up swim in the sound. Woof!

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January 6, 2018


Mt. Walker

5.5 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Nice views. One could clearly see 3 volcanoes along with downtown Seattle.

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January 3, 2018


Mt. Rainier-Paradise

3.17 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Annual New Years day hike with the family. Place was a zoo but once you hiked about a mile up from the visitor center the crowds thinned out.

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January 1, 2018


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