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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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Aug 31 2019
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Twin Falls, BC 
Twin Falls, BC
 
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2019
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Hiking10.80 Miles 1,391 AEG
Hiking10.80 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.22 mph
1,391 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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This hike starts at Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park. Takakkaw Falls is quite impressive itself and while the parking lot can fill up with people coming to see it, vastly fewer people do any hiking in the area. With a rainy forecast we were able to score parking around noon without a problem. After eating lunch and getting some pix of Takakkaw Falls, we set off on our hike which starts at end of the walk-in campground. This hike offers great river views and lots of waterfalls along the way. At the end of the hike, Twin Falls is a great looking falls. On a sunnier day would we would have been grateful for the wind and mist at the bottom of the falls. You can continue on to the top of falls but given the time of day, overcast skies and tired feet, we opted to make the base of the falls our turn around point. There is also a mountain teahouse near the base of the falls. We had periods of sun and rain on this hike. The river views were stunning with the sun out but even in the rain the views were good.
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Aug 30 2019
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Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse TrailAlberta, AB
Alberta, AB
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2019
seattlehiker
Hiking13.22 Miles 2,607 AEG
Hiking13.22 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   2.14 mph
2,607 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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The lake parking lot was already full at 8:15 AM when we arrived but rather than park far away and take the shuttle, we had seen that the parking lot for the "Great Divide Trailhead" had open spots on our way up so we grabbed a spot there. To start we headed down the trail/cross country ski route and then took what was a probably a horse trail up to Lake Louise as we passed some stables just prior to the hotel. A little muddy but it wasn't too bad. On the way back we just walked along the road back to the car. Once at the lake we took the Plain of Six Glaciers trail past the teahouse all the way to its end. There were clouds but also some blue skies. Most importantly no smoke like last year when we couldn't see anything. On the way back, we took the trail to Lake Agnes and its teahouse. You get some great views of Lake Louise from this trail as being above the lake really makes the lake color come alive. Passed Mirror Lake on the way back before joining the lakeside trail again close to the hotel. A long 13 mile day for us but the scenery made it all worthwhile.
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Aug 25 2019
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Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2019
seattlehiker
Hiking6.61 Miles 1,578 AEG
Hiking6.61 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.14 mph
1,578 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Even though we didn't get many views of the mountain today, seeing a bear right past the trailhead was the highlight. He was feasting on berries about 100 meters up above the start of the trail so that was a great way to start the day. Saw some pikas, tons of chipmunks and a mountain goat so while mountain views were not to be found, wildlife was! Dusty as usual on this trail but the wind kept the temps down and the bugs away. A fair number of people on the trail today but it wasn't too crowded. Parking lot was overflowing when we returned. Only a few wildflowers left at this time.
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Aug 04 2019
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Van Trump Park TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2019
seattlehiker
Hiking10.54 Miles 3,459 AEG
Hiking10.54 Miles   6 Hrs   36 Mns   1.77 mph
3,459 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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We hiked from Longmire to Van Trump Park. While longer and more elevation gain than hiking from the Comet Falls trailhead the reward is solitude. While on the Van Trump Park trail, we saw 1 person between the the turnoff for Mildred Point and the Wonderland trail! Saw nobody on our way up and passed only 1 person on the way down. We did encounter a few people between that Mildred Point junction and Van Trump Park but it never felt crowded -- saw way fewer people than you do an on an average I-90 hike. Surprising given it was a weekend and gorgeous weather but we're not complaining. Views were great. Wildflowers are out in Van Trump Park and on the connector between its turnoff and the Mildred Point turnoff. The wind kept the bugs at bay for the most part in Van Trump Park so we enjoyed a leisurely lunch. A long but rewarding day on the trail. Our GPS clocked this route at 10.5 miles and just under 3,500 ft elevation gain.
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Jul 28 2019
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Rattlesnake MountainVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2019
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Hiking9.38 Miles 2,608 AEG
Hiking9.38 Miles   4 Hrs   14 Mns   2.26 mph
2,608 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Got an early start to avoid the heat and crowds. Our go-to close-to-home hike. Easy to make a short or long hike and there is decent elevation gain as well. Hiked a little past Golden Prospect point for a nice view of Mt. Rainier. Berries are starting to come out and were delicious.
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Jul 20 2019
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Gobblers Knob TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2019
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Hiking7.53 Miles 2,148 AEG
Hiking7.53 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   1.83 mph
2,148 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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We hiked from the Glacier View TH to Gobbler's Knob. This route has no road-walking and is shorter than the route from the Westside Road. Under 8 miles total length. You have to drive 8.5 miles of forest service road to get to the trailhead but it's definitely worth it. There's even a great viewpoint along the road in at about 7 miles from the main road. Wildflowers were out and we didn't see a single person until we got to the top. While there were a few people there, we did have some time to ourselves. Saw more people on the way out but the trail didn't feel crowded by any stretch. Beautiful blue skies meant the views were great. Bugs were out but not too when the breeze came around. Nice and cool when we started out just after 9 but it had heated up by the time we got back after 2. Meadows looked to be the perfect spot to see some wildlife but a single frog was all we saw.
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Jul 06 2019
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Annette Lake TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2019
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Hiking6.89 Miles 2,065 AEG
Hiking6.89 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   1.99 mph
2,065 ft AEG
 
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We thought the misty weather might keep the crowds away. We lived here for over 7 years and should have known better. Parking lot was about 3/4 full when we rolled in around 8:30 and there were cars lining the road in when we left around 12:30. So it's definitely not a hike for solitude as there were plenty of people and dogs on the trail today. No views but the lake wasn't completely shrouded in clouds when we made it up. Trail is in excellent condition -- you can tell there has been a lot of work done recently. Wildflowers are out but berries haven't really made it yet. While it was misting in places there wasn't really any full on rain today and while humid, the temps were not too bad. Cool enough to be a little chilly if you're just sitting by the lake. So while the weather wasn't the best and the crowds were out, a day out on the trail beats pretty much everything else.
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Jun 30 2019
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Narada FallsVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2019
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Hiking11.91 Miles 2,591 AEG
Hiking11.91 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.26 mph
2,591 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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We headed up to Narada Falls from Longmire. Crossing the Nisqually River in the morning we got some pretty good views of the mountain but there were some clouds. Surprisingly there was not a lot of traffic on the roads or trails today. We passed Carter Falls and Madcap falls before reaching Narada Falls. When the sun was out there was a small rainbow at the bottom of the falls. As we headed back to Longmire, we noted on that reflection lake was only 1.5 miles away and since it was still a little early for lunch we decided to push on and make that our lunch spot. A little more climbing and we were there. Clouds were starting to hide Rainier and while the wind helped with the bugs, it did not help with the reflection. But it was still a good spot to eat lunch and soak in the views. Fortunately the return trip was almost entirely downhill. Another great day out on the trails!
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Jun 15 2019
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Glacier Basin TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2019
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Hiking7.33 Miles 1,887 AEG
Hiking7.33 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.01 mph
1,887 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break
 
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Bluebird day at Mt. Rainier National Park. The day lot was already full when we arrived around 9AM and so we had to park along the road inside the campground (camping hasn't opened up yet). Lots of skiers going up the trail today. Saw plenty of hikers, too but I think the skiers outnumbered the hikers on this day. Last 0.7 miles of the trail is pretty much snow covered although there are some completely bare sections. We had microspikes so used them but we saw people with just boots doing pretty well. The people in tennis shoes were having more difficulties, especially going down. Views today were superb. There was a sign warning about bear activity when we reached Glacier Basin and for once the sign was right! Spotted a black bear off in the meadow at Glacier Basin. He stayed at the edge and seemed focused on eating as much as possible. Hiked a little further and found a good rocky spot for lunch before heading back. Wildflowers are out but haven't reached their peak yet.
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Jun 09 2019
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Navaho PassNorth Cascades, WA
North Cascades, WA
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2019
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Hiking11.50 Miles 3,314 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   6 Hrs   8 Mns   2.16 mph
3,314 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
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First trip up to Navaho Pass and we'll be back again, perhaps going that last mile to the Navaho Peak as well. This trail has everything you'd want: long sections along a nice creek, wildflowers and great views the further you go. Parking lot was full when we arrived around 9 so we parked along the road with many other cars. Saw a steady stream of backpackers coming down on our way up but while we saw a lot of people out there on the trail, it never seemed to crowded. I don't think the wildflowers are at their peak yet but there were plenty to see. And the views from the pass were great. Makes the climb that much more rewarding when you soak in the views while eating lunch. There were a few blow downs on the trail but none that really proved too difficult. Road to the trailhead is a little rough in places but any car could make the trip.
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May 26 2019
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Wallace Falls State Park TrailNorth Cascades, WA
North Cascades, WA
Hiking avatar May 26 2019
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Hiking9.79 Miles 1,683 AEG
Hiking9.79 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   2.49 mph
1,683 ft AEG
 
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We figured the cloudy weather would make it a good day to go to Wallace Falls State Park and we were not alone. Parking lot was almost full when we got there around 9. Lots of people out on the trail. We hiked to upper falls, then over to the lake, back down on the Greg Ball trail and then took the Railroad grade back. A nice little loop and it also means you only deal with crowds on the first part up to the upper falls viewpoint. We saw several people after that as well but we it wasn't the constant stream we saw earlier in the morning. Berries will be ready soon. Very foggy at the top. They've cut a lot of trees since the last time we did this hike and while I assume there are some views now, we didn't see any hiking in the clouds.
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May 18 2019
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Upper Middle Fork Snoqualmie Meadow TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar May 18 2019
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Hiking8.18 Miles 994 AEG
Hiking8.18 Miles   4 Hrs      14.87 mph
994 ft AEG   3 Hrs   27 Mns Break
 
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We set off on a scouting trip up to Goldmyer Hot Springs but turned around at Thunder creek. Creek was flowing fast and while there was a single log "bridge" spanning the creek, it was slippery and had no hand rails. And so while we estimated we were about a half mile from the hot springs, decided not to risk it and turned around. Will try again some other time. On the plus side the forest is awesome and we only saw 6 people the entire day. Not bad for a pretty close to Seattle hike.
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May 11 2019
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Rampart Ridge Loop TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar May 11 2019
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Hiking8.56 Miles 1,758 AEG
Hiking8.56 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.35 mph
1,758 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
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Beautiful day for a hike. Our first trip to Mt. Rainier National Park this year. Didn't realize it but we did this same hike exactly 6 months ago to the day last November. It was quite a bit warmer today. We did the Trail of the Shadows counter clockwise and then took the Rampart Ridge Loop trail. Once back at Longmire we hiked up the Wonderland trail to the Nisqually river for a scenic riverside picnic. About 8.5 miles round trip was just about the right length. A fair amount of people out on the trail but not as bad as the summer crowds and still less people than many of the I-90 corridor hikes so it was nice to find some peace and quiet out there today. That's why we go to the mountains, to escape! A few snow patches on the Rampart Ridge trail between the viewpoint and the Wonderland trail but nothing that your average hiker couldn't cross with ease in just boots.
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May 05 2019
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Granite Lakes from Granite Creek THVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar May 05 2019
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Hiking8.27 Miles 2,364 AEG
Hiking8.27 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   2.21 mph
2,364 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Beautiful weather today so we were not alone on the trail. Had to have seen about 75 people along the trail today so you don't come for the solitude but that is par for the course for trails close to Seattle. Trail is in good condition. A couple of blow downs and numerous small creek crossings but nothing that should pose any problems to the majority of hikers out there. One little tiny patch of snow but otherwise the trail is completely snow free. Restrooms at the trailhead were open.
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Apr 28 2019
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Pratt River Trail #1035Volcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2019
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Hiking7.94 Miles 1,132 AEG
Hiking7.94 Miles   3 Hrs   32 Mns   2.26 mph
1,132 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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With the old reliable Middle Fork trail closed, we decided to check out the Pratt River trail which you can start from the same trailhead. First 3.5 miles or so along Middle Fork is a nice rolling trail with some good views of the river and surrounding mountains. Once the trail turns east and away from the Middle Fork, the trail becomes quite muddy and the scenery was just so-so in our book. We hiked about 4.3 miles from the trailhead before turning back as the muddy trail was also becoming somewhat overgrown as well. All in all not a bad hike to stretch your legs. Parking lot was quite full but it didn't feel quite as crowded as some of the other hikes in the area. Trillium are blooming all along the trail. Bugs were not too bad but it won't be long before they are out in full force.
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Apr 21 2019
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Otter and Big Creek Falls TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2019
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Hiking10.91 Miles 1,243 AEG
Hiking10.91 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   2.68 mph
1,243 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Big Creek Falls lived up to its name today. The falls were roaring! And Otter Falls had more water than we've ever seen. Trail was in good condition. A few creek crossing but nothing too bad although water proof shows would be a good idea. Not too hot, not too cold. A good day for a short 10 mile trek. As others have mentioned, restrooms are still closed for the season.
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Mar 24 2019
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Rattlesnake MountainVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2019
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Hiking7.90 Miles 2,331 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   2.20 mph
2,331 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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What a difference 3 weeks makes! Last time we strapped on microspikes from the start of the snow covered trail. Due to the recent warm temps, we didn't really encounter much snow until after Stan's overlook. Spotty at first but then pretty solid the last mile or so to Grand Prospect. We didn't use microspikes on the way up but they came in handy on the way down. Poles would work as well. We had planned to go to Dirty Harry's Peak but given the socked in weather, opted for old faithful, i.e. Rattlesnake Mountain. No views today and parts were shrouded in clouds/mist but still, a day out on the trail is better than a day at home.
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Mar 02 2019
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Rattlesnake MountainVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
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Hiking8.05 Miles 2,296 AEG
Hiking8.05 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.01 mph
2,296 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Sunny skies meant a great day to hit the trails. While there was some wind, most of this hike is in the forest out of the wind so while we heard it, we didn't feel it except in a few places. Parking lot has been plowed but not completely. That said there are spots for 10+ cars. We hiked only until Grand Prospect viewpoint. The trail was snow covered the entire way. From the trailhead to Stan's Viewpoint is well packed down. We had micro spikes so we put them on from the start but you probably didn't need them, at least on the way up. From Stan's viewpoint to Grand Prospect there seems to have been a little less traffic but still the trail is easy to follow and pretty well packed down. The last little bit was sloppy in a few places but really it just felt like hiking in sand. A few people out on the trail: some with no traction, some with micro spikes, some with snowshoes and one trailrunner --- in shorts! Great hike close to home.
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Jan 13 2019
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Gold Creek Trail - Green MountainOlympic, WA
Olympic, WA
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2019
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Hiking5.52 Miles 1,347 AEG
Hiking5.52 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   2.25 mph
1,347 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Trail Runners? Check. Mountain Bikers? Check. Horses? Check. Motorcycles? Check. Blue skies? Check. Boy Scout Troop? Check. We saw all kinds out on the trails today. Bluebird conditions brought out everyone. While we saw lots of people, it didn't feel overly crowded. Happy to get in the first hike of the year. We did the loop starting with the Gold Creek trail up to the vista and took the Plummer trail on the way back down. Great views of the Olympics and from the viewpoint we could we could even see downtown Seattle and the Space Needle. Granted that view was a little hazy but still it was great to be rewarded for the trek up. Great weather out on the trails today capped with a visit to Silver City Brewery on the way home.
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