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Pt. Defiance

5.16 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

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December 29, 2012

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Rattlesnake Mn.

6.33 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Hiked to all 3 ledges.

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December 24, 2012

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Tiger Mtn. Trifecta

9 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

From the Highpoint TH hiked to all three summits. A bit of snow begining @ around 1700' but nothing which required traction devices.

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December 8, 2012

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Chambers Bay

7.29 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Took the mutt to the dog park and afterward we did a couple laps of the park.

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December 1, 2012

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Squak Mtn.

7.07 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Rainy day hike up to the West & Central Peaks.

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November 18, 2012

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Tacoma-Urban Hike

8 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

Wife was spending the afternoon @ her pottery studio in the Stadium District so decided an urban hike would be a nice change of pace. Hiked from the Stadium District down to Old Town. Then from Old Town along the waterfront to Ruston. Hiked back basically the same way.

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November 9, 2012

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Tiger Mtn-West Tiger 1 Summit

9.67 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

Hiked to the summit of West Tiger 1 from the Issaquah H.S. trailhead.

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November 4, 2012

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Pack Forrest-Hugo Peak

4 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Trail is in good shape.

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October 27, 2012

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Alpine Lake Wilderness

10 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •

Began the hike @ the Talapus Lake TH and hiked to Talapus, Olallie, Island & Rainbow Lakes. There was a bit more snow then I expected but all trails were in good shape and no traction devices were needed.

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October 21, 2012

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Norse Peak

10 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

Hike is to a former fire lookout site so there are awesome 360-degree views from the top. There are no water sources while heading up and with the majority of the hike being exposed pring plenty of liquids on a warm day.

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October 5, 2012

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Royal Basin-Royal Lake

15 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •

The trail follows the Dungeness River, and then Royal Creek, up through Royal Basin and to Royal Lake.

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September 30, 2012

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Mt. Rainier-Gobblers Knob Lookout

9.5 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

One of my hiking goals this year was to hike to all 4 of the existing fire lookouts within Mt. Rainier National Park. The 4 lookouts are Shriner, Fremont, Tolmie and Gobblers Knob. Gobblers Knob can be hiked via several TH's. We hiked to the lookout from the Lake Christie TH. While smoke was not a problem physically it did effect views from the lookout.

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September 23, 2012

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Mt. Rainier-Tolmie Peak Lookout

7 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Trail begins @ Mowich Lake and takes you up to Eunice Lake and then up to the lookout located on Tolmie Peak..

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September 15, 2012

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Mt. Rainier-Indian Henrys Hunting Ground & Mirror Lake

15 miles of hiking • 4000' elevation gain •

Took the Wonderland Trail from the Longmire visitor centor up to Indian Henrys Hunting Ground & Mirror Lake. Nice campsites on the way up @ Pryamid Creek and Devils Dream.

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September 8, 2012

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Mt. Rainier-Skyscraper Mtn & Fremont Lookout

11.5 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Both hikes are accessed from the Sunrise visitor center and offer great views of Mt. Rainier and the park.

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September 2, 2012

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Mt. Rainier- Shriner Peak

9 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •

Great views greet you on this hike up to an old fire lookout. Bring plenty of water on a warm day as the majority of the hike is exposed and there are no water sources available.

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August 30, 2012

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Olympic National Park-Staircase

12 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain • 2 nights

Camped @ Staircase and day hiked up to Big Log Camp.

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August 23 – August 25, 2012

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Olympic National Park-Lake Ozette

15.5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain • 3 nights

Family camping trip to Lake Ozette. Day hiked the Ozette Triangle and to The Hole in the Wall.

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August 15 – August 18, 2012

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Mt. Rainier-Panhandle Gap

12 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

There is bit of snow to traverse here and there after Summerland but it's no big deal.

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August 12, 2012

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Olympic National Park

15 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain • 2 nights

Camped within the ONP and hiked to Sol Duc Falls, Deer Lake, Sunrise Ridge and Mt. Angeles.

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July 31 – August 2, 2012

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Noble Knob

10 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

Easy hike w/ great views. Many side trails available for those who like a bit of exploring.

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July 28, 2012

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Annette Lake

8.5 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Trail a bit muddy when you get close to the lake but overall trail is in good shape. Trail is very popular and parking lot was full when I showed up late morning. There are some very nice campsites @ the lake..

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July 21, 2012

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La Wis Wis, Purcell Falls and Packwood Lake

11.5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain • 2 nights

Camped at La Wis Wis and then hiked to Purcell Falls and Packwood Lake. Massive lightning and thunderstorm early morning of the 20th gave quite a show.

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July 18 – July 20, 2012

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Mount Townsend

7.5 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Began the hike @ the Little Quilcene Trail #835. Was hoping the peaks elevation, a bit over 6200', would break us out of the stubborn low cloud cover and drizzle but it was not to be on this day. If fact the higher we climbed the denser the cloud cover became. Trail is in good condition and free of snow.

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July 15, 2012

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Poo Poo Point

4 miles of hiking • 1750' elevation gain •

Hiked up to Poo Poo Point via the Chirico Trail. Short hike but with a fair amount of elevation gain. A bit hazy @ the top which I was told was a result of some big fires somewhere in Asia. Many paragliders were being launched taking advantage of the weather conditions. Unfortunately forgot the camera.

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July 10, 2012

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Teneriffe Falls

8.5 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •

Plan was to hike up Mt. Teneriffe but got side tracked exploring some side trails and ended up just hiking as far as the falls.

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July 7, 2012

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Ira Spring Trail-Mason Lake

7.5 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Hiked the Ira Spring Trail to Mason Lake. A bit of snow still present @ the lake.

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July 1, 2012

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Pack Forest-Hugo Peak-Falls Trail

8 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Hiked up Hugo Peak and then took forest service roads 1060-1000 to the Falls Trail and hiked to the falls.

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June 24, 2012

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Greenwater, Quinn & Lost Lakes

12 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

A bit a patchy snow about 1 mile up from the Echo and Lost lake cut offs. Very light traffic once you get clear of Greenwater Lakes. Had both Quinn and Lost Lakes to my self.

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June 16, 2012

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Squak Mtn.

6 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Quick after work conditioning hike up to the West Peak.

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June 11, 2012

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Little Ranger Peak-Palisades Trail

10.5 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Hiked the Ranger Creek Trail to Little Ranger Peak. Supposed view of Mt. Rainier was obstructed by clouds. Continued on the Ranger Creek Trail to the Boy Scout shelter situated at around 5000'. From there one can take the Palisades Trail to Dalles Ridge which is supposed to have great views but due to deteriorating weather and the cloud cover being uncooperative decided to save hiking the ridge for a more favorable weather day.

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June 3, 2012

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Dirty Harry's Balcony & Peak

9.5 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •

Trail is gnarly, rocky w/ portions more like a river bed due to the melting snow pack. The cut off to the balcony is @ approx 2500' and the TH is marked by an old oil drum. The hike out to the balcony is worth the side trip as it is only 1/4 mile off the trail and has some nice views. Very crowded though as that is the turn around point for the majority of the hikers. Snow began @ approx 3800 feet and was prevalent all the way to the summit which is @ around 4700'. Views from the summit were fairly impressive but are beginning to be blocked out by trees.

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May 26, 2012

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Lena Lake

7.5 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Rainy day hike up to Lena Lake. Went up as far as The Brothers TH.

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May 20, 2012

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Pratt Lake Basin

8.5 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Snow began @ the Talapus Lake cut off and I used the micro spikes from there to the 4100' Pratt Lake Basin. Use caution as the snow pack is melting fast and trail is unstable in places.

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May 12, 2012

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Greenwater & Echo Lakes

10 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

First time hiking in this area and the plan was to hike to Greenwater and then to Echo Lake. The trail to Greenwater Lake is fine but approx.3 miles past Greenwater Lake and @ approx. 3400' the snow became to deep and the trail to difficult to follow. Will give it a try again in a month or two.

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May 6, 2012

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Pack Forrest-Hugo Peak & Beyond

6.5 miles of hiking • 1500' elevation gain •

Hiked up Hugo Peak. Took the road down to the Kirkland Pass and then hiked the Trail of the Giants. Descended Hugo Peak via the Reservoir Trail.

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April 29, 2012

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Rattlesnake Mtn

13 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

Climbed to the East Peak via the Snoqualmie Point Trail. Snow began a bit before Grand Prospect and used micro spikes from there to the summit.

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April 21, 2012

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Tiger Mtn. Peaks 1 & 2

8.5 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Highpoint Trail, TMT & West TMT to peak 1. Snow on the trail the last mile but microspikes not used. Hiked the road to peak 2 and then took the TMT back to the Highpoint Trail and then back to the TH. Much less snow on the descending trails.

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April 7, 2012

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Squak Mtn. West & Central Peaks

11.5 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •

Hiked both west & central peaks. All trails were snow free but muddy. Weather was a little bit of everything....rain, sleet, snow, sun and fog.

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April 1, 2012

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Mt. Si (Old Trail) & Little Mt. Si

12 miles of hiking • 4250' elevation gain •

The Old Mt. Si trail is accessed from the Boulder Garden Loop Trail off of the Little Mt. Si Trail. The old trail is rougher & steeper then the new trail and and is shorter by approx. a mile. The great thing though is that it has much less traffic and is more secluded then the new trail. Snow began @ approx. the 2500' mark and that is where I donned the micro spikes. After ascending and descending the old trial I then hiked up Little Mt Si which had it's typical high traffic level but was snow free.

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March 24, 2012

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Pt. Defiance

8 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

Muddy.

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March 17, 2012

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Skookum Flats/Falls

12.5 miles of hiking • 1000' elevation gain •

Began hike from the TH off FS Road 73. Trail meanders east along the White River through beautiful old growth forest. Skookum falls are @ around 2.5 miles. Trail was in good shape with icy/snowy portions here and there but no traction devices were needed. Beside a few elk saw no one else on the trail.

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March 10, 2012

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Tiger Mtn....All Peaks, One Twice

9.5 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

Began hike @ the Highpoint TH and took the TMT to summit #2. Then took the access road to the Hikers Hut and then the Poo Top trail to summit #1. Re-traced my route to summit #2 and then took the West Tiger 3 trail to summit #3. Took West Tiger 3 trail back to the TH. All trails were clear of blowdowns and there was only a bit of snow on the TMT nearing summit #2.

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March 4, 2012

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Squak Mtn.

8.5 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •

Hiked both peaks. Snow on trail beginning @ around the 1000' mark but no traction devices needed. A few blowdowns here and there but nothing substantial.

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February 25, 2012

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Pack Forrest-Hugo Peak

4 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •

A few blowdowns to navigate around/over @ the beginning but overall trail is in good shape.

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February 19, 2012

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Tiger Mtn....Poo Poo Point to West Summit 1

11 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

Started hike @ the Chirico TH and and proceed to hike to Poo Poo Point. Misty and foggy with limited visibility @ Poo Poo Point. Then took the Poo Poo Point Trail to One View Trail. Followed the One View Trail past the 15 mile gap to the TMT. Took the TMT to the Hidden Forrest Trail and then took Hidden Forrest Trail west to the Poo Top Trail. Took that trail to West Tiger Mtn. Summit #1. Summit was shrouded in heavy fog and mist with virtually no visibility. All trails were in good condition w/ minimal blowdowns

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February 11, 2012

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Mt. Washington

10 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

A few blowdowns at the beginning of the trail but overall trail is in good condition. Trail is pretty much snow/ice from the start and and while I used the microspikes, snowshoes were not necessary. Very windy @ the 4500' summit.

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February 4, 2012

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West Hylebos Wetlands

4 miles of hiking • 0' elevation gain •

Had the afternoon off so took by 5 year old grandson on this hike. Hike is mostly on a boardwalk which meanders through the wetlands. Great educational hike for kids but beware as boardwalk can be quite slippery in places.

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February 2, 2012

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Rattlesnake Mtn.-Ledges 1,2,3 & East Peak

10 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •

Trail is in very good condition. Trail is a bit icy up to the first ledge and then is snow/ice all the way to the East Peak... with deep snow the last mile and a half from the summit. Crowds were light and in fact this the first time I have ever seen the first ledge people free.

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January 28, 2012

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Hiking Puget Sound

10.5 miles of hiking • 500' elevation gain •

With the recent snow/ice/wind storm damage making the majority of trails in the area in-hike able I decided to venture out and hike some of the beaches of Puget Sound. Started the hike @ the War Monument in Tacoma, crossed the Narrows and hiked down the Narrows Trail to the foot of the Narrows Bridge. The Narrows Trail has been heavily damaged from the storm and because of the numerous blow downs is nearly impassable. Upon reaching the shore line I proceeded to hike to Pt. Fosdick and Hidden Beach. One interesting thing the storm did uncover was an old car someone must have pushed/driven off of one of the many surrounding cliffs.

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January 22, 2012

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Tiger Mtn.

8.5 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

Began hike @ the Issaquah H.S. trail head. Greeted w/ steady rain which turned to snow @ around 1000'. Snowed off and on as I took the Poo Poo Point Trail and then the One View Trail up to the 15 mile gap. Came down the same way went up.

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January 14, 2012

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BPA Trail, Panther Lake Wetlands

5 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

This is my “I gotta get away from work” hike which I usually take in some variation 2-3 times per week. The BPA Trail begins @ Celebration Park in Federal Way and meanders SW for approx. 4 miles ending in NE Tacoma. There are several trails which parallel the main asphalt trail. These offer more of a hiking experience and elevation gain and give you access to the Panther Lake Wetlands which is located SE of the Federal Way Aquatic Center. For the purpose of this site I will be only listing this hike 1x.

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January 11, 2012

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Bresemann Forest/Spanaway Lake Loop

3.5 miles of hiking • 250' elevation gain •

This is my almost daily dog walk. Bresemann forest & Spanaway Lake have many trails to explore and in the winter time foot traffic is light. For the pupose of this site I am only going to list this hike 1x.

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January 8, 2012

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Squak Mtn.

10 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •

This moss laden forest is an nice alternative hiking area to it's much more crowded neighbor Tiger Mtn. Many well signed trail options offer a moderate climb to the remnants of the Bullitt Lodge and the peaks 2000' summit.

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January 6, 2012

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Mt. Si

8 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •

A bit snowy the last couple of miles from the top but not to bad. MIcrospikes, while not absolutely neccessary, did make the climb and the desent quite a bit easier. Was very windy @ the summit. Haystack snowy/icy so did not attempt to summit. Crowds light.

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January 1, 2012

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