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Sep 11 2021
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Grand Park TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2021
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Hiking9.40 Miles 1,916 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.20 mph
1,916 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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One of our favorite hikes that we try to do at least once a year. Thawrted by fire last year and snow earlier this year but today made it without issues. Meadows are dry and flowers are gone but the plus side was bugs weren't really an issue. Some clouds over Rainier, more so in the afternoon but still had good views. Lots of grouse noises but they were shy. Lots of bear poop but no bears. Berries are out, especially on the first part to Lake Eleanor.
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Sep 06 2021
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Eagle Peak TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2021
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Hiking7.09 Miles 3,181 AEG
Hiking7.09 Miles   4 Hrs   53 Mns   1.74 mph
3,181 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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Had this hike on my radar for awhile and finally got it done. Beautiful day on the mountain today. Trail is up all the way but in good shape overall. I'd say about 80% of it is shaded as well which is nice. Views of Hood, Adams, St. Helens and of course Rainier on this nice fall day. Saw several people out on the trail today but it didn't feel crowded. Even had some alone time at the saddle where we enjoyed a nice lunch with a great view. We'll definitely be back.
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Sep 03 2021
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Rampart Ridge Loop TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2021
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Hiking8.64 Miles 1,850 AEG
Hiking8.64 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.08 mph
1,850 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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The forecast called for hazy sunshine and clouds later on so we opted for a close to home hike in Mt. Rainier National Park. We started from Longmire on the trail of the shadows counter clockwise and then on to Rampart Ridge. So much easier walking without snow as our last trip on this trail was back in April when it was fully covered in snow. Hazy views of Longmire from the viewpoint but the views of Mt. Rainier from the main viewpoint were better than we thought given the forecast. Fall colors are just starting to emerge. Back on the Wonderland trail near Longmire we stopped along the river for lunch before heading up to the river crossing just past Cougar Rock campground. By this time clouds and haze were in full effect but you could still see the mountain. Back to the car at Longmire for a nice day's trek at just under 9 miles.
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Aug 29 2021
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Van Trump Park TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2021
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Hiking5.85 Miles 2,271 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   1.45 mph
2,271 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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Beautiful day on the mountain today. We opted for this hike as we've seen reports that smoke/haze is bad on the east side of the park due to wildfires. We've hiked this trail several times and when we get back, we're always amazed in comes in under 6 miles as it feels longer. Decent elevation gain but so I'm not sure what it is about this trail but it always leaves me feeling more worn out than I think should be given the mileage. Comet Falls was beautiful with the sun hitting it and its spray felt wonderful. Great views at Van Trump Park as well which was our lunch/turnaround spot. Thought about heading over to Mildred Point but we were already feeling it so called it a day and headed back. Saw some grouse real close as well as one pika today. Berries are out and are delicious!
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Aug 22 2021
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Carter FallsVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2021
seattlehiker
Hiking9.26 Miles 1,763 AEG
Hiking9.26 Miles   4 Hrs   44 Mns   2.12 mph
1,763 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Even though the weather wasn't perfect we headed out for a day on the trail. Since we knew we probably wouldn't get views today, we opted for a forest hike from Longmire over to Carter and Madcap Falls and then onto Narada Falls. Clocked in just over 9 miles. We hit some rain outside the park on our drive in but except for some misting when we crossed the river on the way to the falls, we had a dry day on the trails. For a Mt. Rainier hike, trail didn't feel too crowded even though we saw a good number of folks out hiking today. Spotted a woodpecker and some squirrels but that was it for wildlife today. Still, a day on the trail beats sitting at home or in the office!
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Aug 18 2021
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Narada FallsVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2021
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Hiking6.83 Miles 1,803 AEG
Hiking6.83 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.08 mph
1,803 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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We did a loop starting from Narada Falls and going up to Paradise and then over to the Lakes trail down to Reflection Lakes and from there back to Narada Falls. The mountain was out in the morning but clouds starting blocking the views after lunch. We saw several marmots along the Skyline trail, one grouse and on the trail between Reflection Lakes and Narada Falls, a deer with two fawns. Wildflowers may be past their peak but they are still out in abundance. Salmon berries were out (and delicious) as well.
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Aug 16 2021
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Little Mashel Falls - Bud Blancher Trail, WA 
Little Mashel Falls - Bud Blancher Trail, WA
 
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2021
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Hiking5.25 Miles 734 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.28 mph
734 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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We recently moved and were looking for a new hike close to home to get our legs moving after a long layoff (moving is a lot of work) and this fit the bill. Ample parking just off Center street. Not too hot this morning and while the falls were not roaring due to the dry conditions the plus side was that the trail was in great condition. We could see that there would be slippery conditions when the trail is wet. Surprisingly no bugs out today and berries were plenty. Saw a few groups out during our hike today but never felt crowded. We had time to ourselves at all three falls.
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May 30 2021
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Palisades Trail #1198Volcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar May 30 2021
seattlehiker
Hiking6.34 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking6.34 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.07 mph
1,950 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
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Had planned to do Grand Park via Lake Eleanor but snow on the road about 1.5 miles caused us to turn around and do this hike instead. It didn't disappoint. Lots of green and falls and creeks were all flowing pretty good. Decent views from both the first and second viewpoints. Lots of paintbrush blooming at the second viewpoint.
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May 14 2021
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Skyline Trail - Mount RainierVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar May 14 2021
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Hiking2.59 Miles 1,052 AEG
Hiking2.59 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   1.31 mph
1,052 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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Beautiful day on the mountain today. We did a shortened version of the Skyline Loop counter-clockwise from Paradise. We thought about going over toward Mazama Ridge but after getting to the Edith Creek area decided to take the Skyline Loop instead. Looking at our GPS track, we took a shortcut and ended up climbing up just below Panorama Point. Had a great lunch looking at the mountain and listening to the almost constant rock falls. We used micro spikes but snowshoes may have been better as the snow was pretty slushy, especially as the day wore on.
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Apr 16 2021
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Rampart Ridge Loop TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2021
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Hiking5.86 Miles 1,735 AEG
Hiking5.86 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   1.70 mph
1,735 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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A gorgeous bluebird day on the mountain. We arrived Longmire around 10AM and did the Trail of the Shadows before heading up the Rampart Ridge trail. The trail is 98% covered in snow. We wore micro spikes the entire way. Sections that get sun were soft and slushy and we did post-hole a fair number of times. We've done this hike several times although never with this much snow. We completely missed the right turn onto the Wonderland trail for the return trip. Fortunately since we had done the hike before we realized something wasn't right, looked at the GPS and found we gone left on the Wonderland trail. The sign at that junction is gone or maybe just buried in snow. A good reminder to be prepared and not just blindly follow the tracks in the snow. Glad we had the GPS to set us straight. We saw only 5 souls on the trail so it felt like we had it all to ourselves. Afterwards drove up to Paradise to enjoy a late lunch while taking in the great views.
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Apr 11 2021
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McDonald MountainVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2021
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Hiking8.44 Miles 2,742 AEG
Hiking8.44 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   2.45 mph
2,742 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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We did this hike almost 7 years ago to the day. The views weren't quite as good this time around and there was still a lot of snow which was a surprise. Still, there were views to be had and weather was sunny. Maybe 10 or so cars at the trailhead when we arrived and while we saw several people and dogs on the trail, it didn't feel crowded. The last 2 miles or so to the radio tower are completely snow covered. It was hard, packed down snow and the majority of it was in the shade so it was do-able in just boots. A little slippery coming down but again not too bad. As we got close to the radio tower we could hear several louds bangs and couldn't figure out if somebody was shooting something or what. Turns out it was snow and ice falling from the radio tower onto the metal roof of the building just below the tower. Made for some loud noises but with the sun out today it might be all gone by tomorrow. No views of the Olympics from the tower today. We didn't continue past the radio tower today in search of Rainier views but will come back again.
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Apr 02 2021
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Squak Mountain's East Side Loop TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2021
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Hiking6.19 Miles 1,826 AEG
Hiking6.19 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.18 mph
1,826 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Took 4 months but finally got in the first hike of the year. This hike was a good reminder of how out of shape I am in but only way to fix that and that's to get out and hike. Trail was in good condition. Maybe 10 cars in the lot when we arrived around 9:30 and maybe 25 when we left a little over 3 hours later. No views of Rainier from Debbie's View today but still could see a ways out into the distance. Trail is in good shape. Saw roughly 20+ people during our 3 hours out on the trail and most were masked up. Most dogs we saw were leashed up as well. A good workout to shake off the rust from a long hiking layoff.
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Sep 08 2020
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Taylor Mountain TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2020
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Hiking6.97 Miles 1,109 AEG
Hiking6.97 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   1.95 mph
1,109 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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We had originally planned a Mt. Rainier hike off 410 but had to change plans just outside Enumclaw where they had closed the road down. So we switched gears and made our first trip to Taylor Mountain. We did the Holder Creek trail - we saw trail closed sign at the first bridge but the tape had been taken down so we thought maybe someone had just forgot the take the sign down. There were some blowdowns on the trail but nothing too bad. When we got to the end where it meets up with the Road K, there was another closed sign with a chain across the trail so I guess we should not have taken the trail but it didn't seem too bad. The worst part was when we took a wrong turn before the trail crosses the creek and heading up hill to the left. Trail continued some ways before it became overgrown and too hard to follow. When we retraced our steps we figured out our mistake and continued on the correct trail without problems. From the Road K junction we took that to the junction with Road A. From there we took the Holder Knob trail and are lunch at the Horse Picnic area. A smokey view but no Rainier views along that trail. We linked up with the Holder Ridge trail and took it back to the parking lot. Saw one little frog but that was about it. On the plus side there was good amount of shade for most of the hike and we ran into less than 5 people the entire time. Not what we had planned for the day but still a day outdoors is always better than a day working.
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Sep 06 2020
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Boulder RiverNorth Cascades, WA
North Cascades, WA
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2020
seattlehiker
Hiking9.03 Miles 1,352 AEG
Hiking9.03 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   2.13 mph
1,352 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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A fair number of cars at the trailhead but it seems most people were heading out on our way in. Some blowdowns and the latter half has overgrown sections but the riverside ending is worth it. We were lucky to have that great lunch spot all to ourselves for a glorious 30+ minutes. On the way we passed a lot of people out on the trail so getting an early start definitely paid dividends. The first waterfall still had a lot of water even though it's been dry lately and was packed with people on our return. With lots of river access, this makes for a good hot day hike. Seems like it would be a great fall hike as well.
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Aug 30 2020
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Glacier Basin TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2020
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Hiking8.02 Miles 2,211 AEG
Hiking8.02 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   1.98 mph
2,211 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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Picked another great day to be on the mountain. With construction on the road to Sunrise after the White River campground, we opted for a hike to Glacier Basin. No bears this year but lots of goats and picture perfect blue skies. Arrived at the day use parking lot around 9AM and there were still spots. A few spots when we left around 2PM as well. Saw a fair amount of people on the trail but it felt less crowded than in previous years. Hiked a little further up the unmaintained trail past Glacier Basin and saw about 6-8 goats which was cool. Enjoyed watching them while we ate.
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Aug 23 2020
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High Lakes Trail - Mount Rainier NPVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2020
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Hiking6.74 Miles 1,695 AEG
Hiking6.74 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   1.88 mph
1,695 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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We did a loop from Narada Falls to Paradise to Reflection Lakes. We started at Narada Falls and opted to hike clockwise and went to Paradise first. From there we passed Myrtle Falls and took the Skyline trail until it met the Lakes trail. We took that trail all the way to Reflection lakes and then took the Wonderland trail back to Narada Falls for a loop of about 6.75 miles. This loop worked well as most of the elevation gain was in the first 1.2 miles to Paradise. There was a short climbing section along the Skyline trail but otherwise the rest of the hike was primarily downhill. Views were excellent today. Crowded at times along Skyline trail but our time on the Lakes trail was largely void of other hikers. Saw deer, chipmunks, a weasel and pikas. Surprised we didn't see any marmots but we got our fill the last time at Paradise. Views were superb and we even snagged a great lunch spot on a bench at Reflection Lakes. Could not ask for a better day on the mountain.
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Aug 15 2020
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Rampart Ridge Loop TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2020
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Hiking8.76 Miles 1,858 AEG
Hiking8.76 Miles   4 Hrs   37 Mns   2.14 mph
1,858 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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First real hike of the year for us. Usually we do this hike in May since other spots in the park are still snowed in. No snow issues this year. And with Paradise melted out, it seems the crowds were all going to higher elevations. Would have got to the park entrance shortly after 9AM but there was about a 1 mile backup that added an extra 30 minutes of travel time. And while the Longmire parking area was packed, we saw maybe only about 20 people along the trail in total so we had plenty of solitude. Most of this hike has shade which was great because it was hot. After completing the loop we hike up the Wonderland trail a couple miles to where it crosses the Nisqually river to get one more mountain fix before heading home.
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Nov 02 2019
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Mount Washington TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2019
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Hiking8.40 Miles 3,441 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   1.79 mph
3,441 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
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We last did this hike over 4 years ago. I remembered it was being steep and rocky. For once I was right. A good fall workout on the trail. Some areas had a little water and/or ice on the trail but we did just fine with boots. Sunny with great views from the top. Near the radio tower you could make out Mt. Baker and Glacier Peak to the north across I-90. To the south snowy Mt. Rainier was out in full force. Saw a few parties making their way down as we headed up and on the way down we passed quite a few groups heading up. With the sunny weather looks like everybody had the same idea - go for a hike with views!
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Oct 27 2019
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Rampart Ridge Loop TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2019
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Hiking8.66 Miles 2,103 AEG
Hiking8.66 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   2.17 mph
2,103 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Chilly but crystal clear day out on the trail today. There were some small patches of ice at Longmire when we started our hike around 9:30 AM. We did the Trail of the Shadows counter clockwise before heading up the Rampart Ridge Loop trail. After we finished the loop we headed up the Wonderland trail to the river crossing (towards Carter Falls) where we had a nice lunch in the sun by the river. Saw about 10 people total on the trail today. Still have a few weeks of snow free hiking at the lower elevations in the park before winter takes hold.
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Aug 31 2019
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Wapta Falls TrailBritish Columbia, BC
British Columbia, BC
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2019
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Hiking2.61 Miles 327 AEG
Hiking2.61 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   2.27 mph
327 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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This hike is only accessible from the eastbound side of Highway 1 in Yoho National Park. Given that it looked to be a rainy day, we opted to hit this short hike on our way to Twin Falls. There was a sprinkle or two as we made our way to the falls. Ran into a grouse along the way and he seemed oblivious to us for a long time. Thought he might walk with us to the falls. The falls were impressive and roaring. Not to be outdone, the skies then opened up and it poured the entire way back. It was the kind of rain that will let you know if any of your rain gear is not up to task. Of course once we reached the car, the rain pretty much quit! But hey, we're from Seattle so we're not supposed to complain about rain, right?
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