5.74 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain •
Hiked up to the first ledge or viewpoint.
7 miles of hiking • 2750' elevation gain •
Hiked as far as Mosquito Rock. Dog did a great job breaking trail for me.
11.5 miles of hiking • 4000' elevation gain •
Started @ the Big Creek TH and hiked to the connector with the Mt. Ellinor lower trail. Hiked the Mt. Ellinor trail and reached the winter trail chute @ our 2:00pm turn around time. We brought micro spikes and used them.
9.03 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •
A bit a of off & on snow approaching the first summit but nothing requiring traction devices. It was very windy at the top.
7 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •
This is one of my favorite fall time Mt. Rainier hikes. Rainier unfortnaley was mostly cloud covered but the falls were thundering pretty good. Once past the falls and up toward Van Trump Park the trail becomes snow covered approx. 1/2 mile from V.T. Park. I brought micro spikes but they were not needed.
7.2 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •
While the crowds are clammoring up to Paradise this trail offers solitude along with great views. Did not see a single person on the trail all day and besides Rainier looming in your face, Adams, St. Helens & even Hood could be seen from the summit.
23.32 miles of hiking • 7500' elevation gain • 3 nights
Made base camp @ Colonial Creek & than day hiked Thunder Knob, Maple Pass Loop & Cascade Pass up to Sahale Glacier.
7.23 miles of hiking • 4250' elevation gain •
Goat Peak was the home of a fire lookout so the views @ the summit are 360 degrees & fantastic. Rainier was visible during the climb up but the weather moved in while I was approaching the summit & Rainier disappeared behind a bank of clouds. Nice views of Fife Peak, Goat Rock Wilderness & Bumping Lake. At summit was even hailed on for a spell. Afterward hiked American Ridge for a bit before turning around and descending the way I came up.
6.69 miles of hiking • 2500' elevation gain •
I was expecting better views from this hike as my hiking guide rated it 4 out of 5 stars. Appears since the book was written the trees have grown blocking some of the views.
9 miles of hiking • 3250' elevation gain •
While the crowds assend Mt. Townsend this overlooked peak is easily accessed from the Tunnel Creek TH. Great views of Mt. Constance, Puget Sound & the mountains of The Brothers Wilderness. We saw only 3 people on the trail along with one bear. Great hike for a hot day.
August 15 – August 17, 2016
56 miles of hiking • 11500' elevation gain • 4 nights
Made base camp @ Diamond Meadows @ 2700' & then day hiked from there to Anderson Glacier twice. First time the weather did not cooperate, foggy & drizzly, 2nd time weather was great & the views @ Anderson Pass & at the glacier were fabulous.
9.16 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •
Putvin Trail to Lake of The Angels. This is a steep, rooty, muddy trail that is quite challenging with several fun scrambling areas.
28 miles of hiking • 4500' elevation gain •
While visiting the wife's relatives in Korea spent 4 days day hiking in Jirisan National Park which is the largest National Park in Korea.
July 4, 2016
16.71 miles of hiking • 4500' elevation gain •
Upper Lena Lake is still pretty much snow covered. Trail is in decent shape. There are a few blow downs you need to crawl under & just a couple of small areas of the trail still covered by snow. The river crossing is pretty much a none issue at the moment.
8 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •
Nice old growth hike with an off trail side trip to the base of Lightning Peak for a look @ a possible future summit attempt.
12.23 miles of hiking • 4000' elevation gain •
Great views from this former fire lookout site. Trail is entirely snow free.
9 miles of hiking • 9500' elevation gain • 1 night
Five of us signed up with RMI to attempt this summit climb via the Disappontment Cleaver Route. The hike up to Muir was pea soup with limited visibility due to windy snowy conditions. Muir bunkhouse was full so we camped @ Muir. Very cold & windy. Left Muir @ 2AM under clear skies but cold & windy conditions. Crossed the Cowlitz Glacier & rested at Ingraham Flats. From there crossed the Ingraham Glacier & assended Disappointment Cleaver. Weather moved in @ this point & the climb up to High Camp @ 13,200 ' was quite difficult due to limited visibility caused by the high winds & blowing snow. Rested @ High Camp & from there climbed up to the crater rim @ 14,115'. Due to the continued poor weather conditions, we were unable to descend into the crater & up to Columbia Crest @ 14,410' to sign the summit registry. From there it was the long slog back down to Muir & then to Paradise. The RMI guides told us that this climb was approx. 50% more difficult then a climb made on a fair weather day. That took some of the sting out of not reaching the true summit.
7.54 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •
The last 1/2 mile is snow covered and fairly steep. You may be able to negotiate the summer route but the majority of people were heading straight up the snow field to the summit. I put on crampons but they were not absolutely necessary just made the accent and especially the descent easier. There were 2 pretty good glissade chutes on the way down which were a bit off the main boot track but one could clearly see on the way up to the summit. I think we were pretty much the only party which utilized them though.
12.16 miles of hiking • 4250' elevation gain •
Solid snow from Camp Mystery to the pass. I put on crampons due the snows consistency but it was possible to assend without. The trail to Buckhorn was pretty much melted out but we chose to climb the ridge to the south to get better views of Warrier Peak & Mt. Constance. We then glissade a good 100 yards down from the ridge to the main trail.
6.05 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •
Lake is fairly unremarkable & mostly still covered by snow. There is a fairly large steep snowfield which must be crossed just prior to the lake.
9.23 miles of hiking • 4750' elevation gain •
Picture perfect day for this climb. Could clearly see Adams, St. Helens & Hood. Last mile on the way down was a postholing mess though due to the warm temps.
8.13 miles of hiking • 4000' elevation gain •
Trail is fairly crowded up to the falls but beyond that crowds are light. Snow begins approx 500' from the summit and while traction devices are not absolutely necessary it did make the final assent and subsequent descent much easier.
5.45 miles of hiking • 750' elevation gain •
Short Easter Day hike with the family.
8.33 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •
A little bit of everything weather wise from sunny @ the start, light snow/rain in the middle, to blizzard like conditions during the summit approach.Great fun!
March 13, 2016
4.46 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •
The Grayjays were out in full force @ the summit but we're orderly in waiting for their treats.
7.67 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •
Section Line Trail to Summit 3 than Tiger RR Grade to High School Trail. Exited via HS trail.
February 26, 2016
7.06 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •
Cable Line Trail to Tiger Mtn 3. Then hiked to summit 2, the Hikers Hut Viewpoint (no views) & then up to summit 1. Exited @ the Highpoint TH. No traction devices needed.
4.43 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain •
Didnt quite make it to the 4100' summit. At 3644' turned around due to deep post holing & heavy snow falling.
February 13, 2016
7.34 miles of hiking • 3750' elevation gain •
Hiked the old trail. To much ice & snow for me to comfortably climb the haystack.
9.05 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •
Hiked a bit past Little Ranger Peak. Was going to try to get up the the Boy Scout Shelter but the post holing was getting to deep for the dog. Did not see one single person the entire hike.
9.32 miles of hiking • 3500' elevation gain •
Chirico Trail to Poo Poo Point. Then took various trails up to West Tiger 1 summit & the view point @ the Hikers Hut.
5.77 miles of hiking • 2000' elevation gain •
Family New Years Day hike with several hundred other people. Trail is way to crowded for my taste but views are pretty nice.