My first backpacking trip this year revealed that I’m not in the same shape I was last year by this time, mentally or physically. Read on to find out what I learned from this shakedown hike.
A visit to Mount St Helens Volcanic Monument has been on my PNW bucket list for a while. I had the opportunity to visit and hike in the area on the 38th anniversary since the explosion.
On the second day of my visit to Mountain Loop Highway I hiked to Heather Lake. The 2.2 mile trail climbs about 1000 feet to reach an alpine lake nestled below the north flank of Mt Pilchuk.
This past weekend I suddenly had a couple unplanned days. I decided to visit a few trails on Mountain Loop Highway, a scenic byway through the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. My first hike was to Lake Twenty-Two.
This time of year gets me in the mood to get hiking. I’m just waiting for the first sunny 50℉ day where I don’t have to bundle up. I’ve been going through my gear while waiting for that day to appear. I thought I’d share with you some of the gear I bring along on every day hike.
A couple weekends ago I had an unexpected opportunity to run of to the mountains. I ended up on Mountain Loop highway a bit north-east of Seattle. My second hike was an easy trail to the basin below Big Four mountain.