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Jul 23 2011
seattlehiker
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 Joined Dec 25 2006
 Seattle, WA
Ape CanyonVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2011
seattlehiker
Hiking11.00 Miles 2,136 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.83 mph
2,136 ft AEG
 
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Perfect day for a hike! Not a cloud in the sky and forecasted high of mid 80s (highest of the year). Started just after 9:30 AM and the views of Mt. St. Helens were great from the start. As we climbed, Rainier, Hood and Adams all appeared as well. Ran into snow just before the Loowit trail but just a patch. Continued on about another mile to the Plains of Abraham in search of a lupine meadow but did not see it. We ran into a nice big snow field right next to a small spring and we suspect the snow was covering the lupine meadow. It still made for a nice lunch spot and we took a nice hour long break, enjoying the views and quiet. Wildflowers along the trail were out in full force -- too bad me and my camera don't take flower pictures too well.....
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Jun 26 2010
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 Seattle, WA
Ape CanyonVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2010
seattlehiker
Hiking9.46 Miles 1,924 AEG
Hiking9.46 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.10 mph
1,924 ft AEG
 
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Took advantage of the nice weather to take the Ape Canyon trail after seeing a recent post about the same hike. Cloudy when we left Vancouver this morning but the weather could not have been better on the mountain. Nice widl flowers at the start of the trail as well as great views of Mt. St. Helens. Not far from connection with the Loowit trail snow appeared. Since my wife didn't have her trekking poles we decided not to risk it on the snowy slopes. But we had great views of Ranier, Adams, Hood and of course Mt. St. Helens. Lots of bikers and hikers on the trail today. Had wanted to get to the plains of Abraham but will have to try again. Definitely will do this hike again. Great views, nice trail, nice weather - can't beat that day!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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average hiking speed 1.97 mph

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