Hall Point Meteor Shower Hike 8/11/2017

No track and no pictures from last night.  I met Derek and his brother Ryan and their friend Jimmy last night when Derek got off work, after 9PM, and we drove to the Exit 38 picnic area parking lot to hike up to our view point on Hall Point.

Too dark for pictures, I didn’t record the track since I have done so many times.

Just wanted to note the event.  The viewing was sub-par due to all of the smoke in the air (our area has been under assault from the BC forest fires, the air quality and visibility has been terrible for a couple of weeks) but we all saw at least a few meteors.

But meteors or not, just hiking with these guys, and the awesome music they brought along, in the dark, was more fun than you might think (not everyone, it is true, likes to hike along steep trails in the woods to the light of headlamps) but really, we had a terrific time.

We will head out again next year and hope for better viewing conditions.

Old Growth Forest Tour 8/5/2017

Findlay Lake
Findley Lake

Carl and George and I joined about twenty other tourists yesterday for the Cedar River Watershed Education Center’s Old Growth forest tour.

I did this last year with its guide and guru Clay Antiou and I loved it and wanted to do it again this year. I talked it up and Carl and George were interested and they loved it as well. Every one of the CRWEC tours I have taken has been great and yesterday was no exception.

We visited a second growth stand – a stop that included a great viewpoint – and Clay told us what distinguishes second growth from old growth in great detail. It is the ‘great detail’ that makes these tours so educational and fun.

We then stopped at the Lost Creek Old Growth stand and it is awe-inspiring:

In the Lost Creek Old Growth Stand
In the Lost Creek Old Growth Stand

There were plenty of sights along the way – we bumped along in a couple of big vans – and wound up in the vicinity of Findley Lake. This area used to be the site of a University of Washington research facility, finally closed down around 1989 due to lack of funds. Too bad, it would have been good for science to continue the work.

Wish We Could Give This a Try
Wish We Could Give This a Try

There was a great-looking climb just across from where we parked the vans for the hike up to Findley Lake. Looks like it would be fun to give it a try, but it is in the watershed and therefore off limits.

I took the Garmin along so we could see where we went. Here is the track:

https://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/by/djhiker/old-growth-forest-tour-8-5-2017#.WYcPh1GQypo

And here are screen shots from what our track looks like on Google Earth. The top image is a longer shot of our entire route, the bottom image is a close-up of Findley Lake and the peak in the photo above. Impressive, what nature can do.

The Tour
The Tour
Findlay and Friend
Findley and Friend

Update: George del Campo sent a nice panorama of Findley Lake:

Panorama of Findley
Panorama of Findley

Bouldering on Mount Pilchuck 8/2/2017

The Goal is in Sight
The Goal is in Sight

Great hike today with Ken, Carl and Mike, who is back from his post-retirement vacation to Iceland, Spain and New York City. He was up for a hike and we weren’t disappointed today.

The stats for Mount Pilchuck – about 2,100 feet of elevation gain and a bit less than six miles – sounds like something in the winter on Tiger Mountain. But this is not Tiger Mountain, this is a boulder-fest. Check out the scramble at the end:

The Final Scramble
The Final Scramble

The lookout at the top is awesome and has diagrams on each of the four sides of the mountains visible in that direction:

Mountains visible from one side of the lookout
Mountains visible from one side of the lookout

Unfortunately, the views today were not very good due to the smokey sky. There are large fires north and east of us right now and the sky is hazy with smoke:

Too Smoky to see Everything
Too Smoky to see Everything

There is still some snow up there right now:

Looking Down at Some Snow
Looking Down at Some Snow

Our track:

https://adventures.garmin.com/en-US/by/djhiker/mount-pilchuck-8-2-2017#.WYJqm1GQypo