Hiking

PCT Hiking: Section I – Part 1 (White Pass to Chinook Pass)

Section I of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) was one I section hiked in multiple sections, over a number of years. Some sections I have hiked multiple times because I truly enjoyed them - and they were so easy to drive to. I was thinking how the trips run across the seasons. Some were in… Continue reading PCT Hiking: Section I – Part 1 (White Pass to Chinook Pass)

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The Carbon River Flood of 2006

The Carbon River at Mount Rainier National Park was long a problem. In many spots the road was below the height of the river - and it ran right next to the river, with a thin separation of trees. Not shockingly, it often got flooded in off season and the road was slowly being eaten… Continue reading The Carbon River Flood of 2006

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Hiking to Tolmie Peak

To experience Tolmie Peak one must rise before dawn, in the middle of Summer, as the wildflowers are wakening. Sometime in mid to late July. The drive is long no matter which direction you come from, as you must drive hwy 165, which is a winding 2 lane road that then turns into a 2-ish… Continue reading Hiking to Tolmie Peak

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Trail Of The Shadows In The Snow

Trail of the Shadows is in summer a short loop hike, a great leg stretcher after the long drive to Mount Rainier National Park. In winter it takes on a new look, snowy everywhere but where the hot springs bubble up from the ground. The trail starts across the street from Longmire, having come in… Continue reading Trail Of The Shadows In The Snow

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Crystal Mountain Death March

There are those times where the best laid out lazy plans become a death march. And let it be known that a downhill death march is often worse than an uphill one. Your knees will let you know that gem. The plan was a fun day at Crystal Mountain Ski Area on a sunny summer… Continue reading Crystal Mountain Death March