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2013-10-26  
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Emerald Ridge TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2013
seattlehiker
Hiking17.10 Miles 3,983 AEG
Hiking17.10 Miles   8 Hrs      2.14 mph
3,983 ft AEG
 
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Beautiful day at Mt. Rainier. Didn't see a single person until later afternoon on my way back down the Westside road. I wanted to try the loop to Emerald Ridge but I had issues following the Tahoma Creek trail. So I gave up and returned to the Westside road and took it all the way to the Round Pass trail then onto to the South Puyallup trail and finally onto the Wonderland trail. The last mile or so to Emerald Ridge was a rocky slog. Perhaps the many miles of road walking and not getting the big payoff until almost the very end is why not many people take this hike. Views of the mountain were awesome. It's sad to see the glaciers disappearing but on the bright side you get to the complete devastation they leave behind. Saw some goats on the opposite side of the valley. Didn't hit snow until the last half mile or so. It was a little slippy and I had my microspikes so I used them but I'm sure most would just go it boots. It was a long day but the solitude and views were great. Looks like Seattle was socked in again so getting out to the mountain was definitely the right call. Will sleep well tonight.
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