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Bearhead Mtn. & Summit Lake

10.51 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

Unfortunately clouds & hazy smoke from the Norse Peak fire obscured long range views from Bearhead Peak & Summit Lake. Summit Lake as always was beautiful.

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September 14, 2017

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Mt. Rainier

9.53 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain • 2 nights

Had a nephew visiting from Korea who had never gone camping so camped @ Cougar Rock & hiked up to Panorama Point up @ Paradise on day one. On day 2 hike the Grove of the Patriarchs and then left the park & hiked up to the High Rock Fire Lookout. Great views from the lookout & one could clearly see 4 volcanoes and the most eastern Olympic Mtn. range.

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September 11 – September 13, 2017

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ONP-Staircase: 4 Lakes, 1 Divide & a Peak

26.5 miles of hiking • 7500' elevation gain • 2 nights

Entered Park @ the Staircase entrance & made camp approx. 7.5 miles in @ Donahue Creek. Then hiked up to Flapjack Lakes up through Gladys Divide & summited Mt. Gladys. Expansive views @ the 5600 summit with clear views of Mt. Olympus, Sawtooth Ridge, Mt. Cruiser, Mt. Lincoln & surrounding peaks. Next day hiked up to Black & White Lakes & then a very steep descent down to Smith Lake. Tons of ripe blueberries on the B & W and Smith Lakes trails. Saw a few bears in the area so some caution should be taken while hiking here this time of season.

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September 2 – September 4, 2017

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North Cascades

40.33 miles of hiking • 12750' elevation gain • 4 nights

Established base camp@ Colonial Creek & hiked the following trails:

Thunder Creek as far as the Fourth of July TH--- 6.08 miles. 829'

Sourdough Mtn --- 11.22 miles. 5622'

Thornton Lakes TH summited Trapper Peak ---10.60 miles. 3850'

Cutthroat Pass to Granite Pass --- 12.43 miles. 2367'

All hikes were assessed off of North Cascades Hwy 20.

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August 20 – August 24, 2017

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Olympic 5 Lake Extravaganza

27.66 miles of hiking • 8500' elevation gain • 3 nights

While 7 Lakes Basin is the go to place to see lakes in the ONP this area is a less crowded alternative once you get above Lower Lena Lake.....which is not in the ONP so no permit is required. We got a late start & spent the first night at Lower Lena. Next day we hoofed it up to Upper Lena Lake. Trail is fairly steep, rocky, rooty, dusty, muddy, brushy & gets buggier the closer you get to the upper lake. Bugs at Upper Lena Lake were a pain. Mostly biting flys. Spent the rest of the day swimming in an attempt to stay cool & keep the bugs away. Next day hiked to Milk Lake, Scout Lake & Hagen Lake. Saw zero people. Again bugs at the lakes were pretty bad but as long as you kept moving things were fine. Was going to assend Mt. Lena but the wild fire haze was still present so decided to save that for another day. Over all a great trip.

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August 6 – August 9, 2017

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Tatoosh Lake & Ridge

7.61 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •

Flowers are in full bloom on the ridge. A bit buggy but not to bad if one keeps moving.

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July 23, 2017

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Olympic Smorgasbord

35 miles of hiking • 13000' elevation gain • 4 nights

Made base camp @ Boulder Shelter & then day hiked from there to Marmot Pass, climbing Buckhorn Mtn. Then Home Lake, Constance Pass & Del Monte Ridge. On the final day hiked to and around Charlia Lake.

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July 17 – July 21, 2017

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Mt. Townsend

7.51 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Hiked via the Little Quilcene trail. Clear day so great 360 degree views.

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July 8, 2017

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Ruby Beach

6.52 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Hiked north to the Hoh River.

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July 2, 2017

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Colonel Bob Trail

9.01 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

Hiked a bit past the Mulkey Shelter.

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July 1, 2017

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Olympics-Mt. Muller

13.38 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •

I did the loop hike clockwise. Great views of Mt. Olympus & Lake Crescent.

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June 24, 2017

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Tiger Mountain Trifecta

8.71 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •

Hiked to all 3 summits plus the Hikers Hut.

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June 10, 2017

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ONP: Deer Park-Blue Mtn-Grand Ridge

18.65 miles of hiking • 5250' elevation gain • 2 nights

Hiked from the Slab Camp TH up to Deer Ridge and then onto Deer Park. Since the road to Deer Park is still closed had the camp ground entirely to myself..... sweet! Next morning hiked up Blue Mtn.& the views @ its 6000+ peak were again.... sweet! Could clearly see Mt. Olympus, Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak, Hurricane Ridge, & multiple peaks from the summit. Descended Blue Mtn., located the Grand Ridge trail & followed the trail a couple miles up Green Mtn. until the snow got to deep. Headed back down the next morning.

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May 26 – May 28, 2017

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Tubal Cain-Buckhorn Lake

11.54 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Could not make it to the lake due to snow. Trail is pretty much snow covered from the Buckhorn Lake cutoff & I quit when I began postholing up to my crouch & could not locate any signs of the trail.

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May 19, 2017

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Deer Ridge Trail-Deer Park

10.43 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

Sun,rain,hail,snow this day had it all weather wise. The Deer Park campground is still pretty much snow covered. Some snow on the trail but traction devices not needed. This hike is on my sunny day re-do list.

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May 6, 2017

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Palisades -Dalles Ridge

8.9 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Hiked to the 3rd viewpoint. After the logged out area trail was pretty much solid snow until viewpoint 3. If I had remembered my microspikes I would have used them.

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April 29, 2017

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Chambers Bay

8 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

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April 22, 2017

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Buck Mountain

10.19 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

Entered via the Elbo Creek TH. Just a few patches of snow during the road walk but no traction devices required. Very nice 360 degree views from the summit.

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April 16, 2017

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Pinnacle Peak

4.24 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

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April 9, 2017

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Pack Forest-Hugo Peak

3.91 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

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April 2, 2017

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Pt. Defiance

6.62 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

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April 1, 2017

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ONP-Lake Angeles

8 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Lots of ice & snow at the lake. Enough that you can walk upon the lake to the island.

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March 25, 2017

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Mt. Rainier-Carbon River-Ranger Falls-Green Lake

10.55 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Due to the road wash out @ the Carbon River entrance it is a 3 mile hike to get to the TH. There was about 4 feet of snow @ the lake & the lake was completely snow covered.

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March 12, 2017

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Olympics--Elbo Creek

9.12 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

Hiked the trail up to FS Rd. 030 where I donned the snowshoes & continued up to viewpoint a couple miles up the road off of FS Rd. 043. Did not see a single soul the entire day.

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March 4, 2017

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Pt. Defiance

6.4 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

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February 18, 2017

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ONP-Staircase Rapids

9.44 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Leisurely hike in the Olympics. Hiked a bit passed the junction with the Flapjack Lakes TH.

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February 12, 2017

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Chambers Bay

4 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Quick pre Super Bowl leg stretcher.

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February 5, 2017

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Lower Big Quilcene River Trail-Olympics

14.1 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Hiked the lower trail to the upper trail head. The upper trail head leads to Marmot Pass. Trail was very icy and micro spikes needed.

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January 29, 2017

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Pt. Defiance

6 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

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January 22, 2017

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Suntop Mtn. Snowshoe

12.48 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •

Hike is mostly in the trees until approx. the last half mile. Old fire lookout @ the top. Great 360 degree views.

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January 15, 2017

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Pt. Defiance

6.11 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

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January 8, 2017

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Olympics-Big Creek

5.39 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Annual New Years day hike with the family.

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January 1, 2017

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