A nice solo hike to the summit of Mount Washington. I took the main trail up and the Great Wall down.
Turns out they are still doing some work on the trail during the week, as I was almost spied by a vehicle chugging along (I slipped a few yards down a ravine and made myself scarce before I could be seen) and near the junction of the Great Wall and Change Creek trail there was a cache of equipment.
So I guess I will stay off the Great Wall during the week until they officially re-open it.
I saw exactly two other hikers, both when I joined back up with the main trail on the way down. Truly, mid-week hiking is the way to go.
Our whole crew was spending a few days at Lincoln Rock, a wonderful state park/campsite near Wenatchee, in central Washington. The park is on the Columbia River, just upstream from the Rocky Reach dam. The dam has created a nice lake on which we have been known to swim and kayak. (no kayaks this time, weren’t able to haul them on top of Jill’s car)
We had no plans to hike so neither Derek nor I were quite prepared. In particular we did not have our hiking boots, which, as it turns out, would have come in very handy. But Derek looked up a hike called Devil’s Spur and we headed for that.
Turns out we were not real close to that trail but we did park next to the trail for Marion and Clara Lakes. We parked next door to the Mission Ridge ski lodge and headed up the trail.
We went a bit farther than the official trail and Derek’s phone app said we did 5.2 miles and it was about a thousand feet of elevation gain – not a huge effort but it was fun.
The trail head is at about 4,400 feet and we got up to about 5,400 feet which means we were in Marmot territory. We saw a few of those cute little furry creatures, along with chipmunks and some other sort of rabbit-like critter. Plenty of birds and flowers and the forest is beautiful.
This is a snowshoe trail in the winter and we talked about maybe coming back some time with the snow shoes and giving it a try. Plus, a half mile or so past the end of the trail we encountered the basalt talus and we were eyeing it for a potential adventure to the summit of the two peaks in that area.
This is where the hiking boots would have been nice since they would have offered protection against the scree. I decided to stop at the beginning of the scree field to save my shoes and feet from a beating.
Derek took a bunch of photos on his phone and when he gets a chance to send them I will update this post with those.
A fun hike on a beautiful day. I highly recommend this to anyone in the Wenatchee area looking for a moderate hike or healthy snow shoe.
No track and no pictures from last night. I met Derek and his brother Ryan and their friend Tommy 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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
Update: George del Campo sent a nice panorama of Findley Lake:
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 lookout at the top is awesome and has diagrams on each of the four sides of the mountains visible in that direction:
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:
Carl and Ken and I hiked to the summit of Mount Teneriffe via the Kamikazi Trail. I have done this twice with Derek so today was the third time.
It doesn’t get any easier.
This was Ken and Carl’s first time on Teneriffe and they loved the awesome views at the summit. It is a very challenging hike since you gain about 2,000 feet in elevation in a bit less than a mile – though when you are doing it, you are certain it is much more than 5,280 feet. But I measured the start of the Kamikaze at 3.1 miles and 2,700 feet of elevation, and the summit was 4 miles and just under 4,800 feet high.
Anyway, we took the long way down and it is a long way, about 7 miles, or just under that. Plus, you lose elevation as you leave the Teneriffe summit but then gain some of it back as you hike by the summit of West Teneriffe.
About 4K elevation gain, 6 hours for the loop on a gorgeous July day. The views at the top could not have been more wonderful.
Here is the track – note the elevation profile on the lower right.
I did a solo hike up to Change Peak today, via the standard route: Mt. Washington trail to Great Wall connector, to the Great Wall, and up the unofficial Change Peak trail to the summit of Change Peak.
Sadly, I screwed up saving the track somehow – it isn’t on my Garmin – but by good chance I took mileage readings today at key points.
I parked in the Exit 38 Mt. Washington lot. From there to the Mt. Washington trail was .3 miles. 1.65 miles to the former Sallal View trail; 1.9 miles to Owl View; 2.3 miles to Great Wall connector; 3.5 miles to the Great Wall (that is, 1.2 miles on the connector trail); 4.8 miles to the Change Peak Trail; and the Change Peak trail is .3 miles, but highly unofficial and involving a scramble up and over some boulders.
So about 10 miles round trip. Nice hike, I saw no one all the way up and only 3 people on the way down, and that was after I hooked back up with the Mt. WA main trail. Sweet.
Great, sunny and warm day but I left my car to go up the trail at 5:25 am so most of the elevation gain was before it got hot.
Perfect views, and the Great Wall connector trail is still one of my favorite forest trails.
5.5 hours all told.
We are going to hike somewhere Saturday, not sure where.