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Searching for Solitude at Snow Lake

Searching for Solitude at Snow Lake

Snow Lake is one of the most popular hikes in all of Washington, and definitely the most popular to visit in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It’s been on my list for a while now, but the reports of thick crowds always kept me away. However, on the slow, quiet first of November, we decided it would be a good idea to hike this one, while everybody else nursed their Halloween hangovers. Our idea was actually pretty good, because we were granted with a good amount of solitude. There were maybe 20 cars in the vast upper parking lot when we arrived, which still felt like a lot to me, and more cars were parking as we put on our boots and slung our backpacks over our shoulders.

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November 29, 2014 0 comments Read More
Backpacking the Foss River Valley

Backpacking the Foss River Valley

This August, after trying for weeks and weeks to plan a trip with our friend and coworker, Roman, we finally nailed down a weekend. We set off after work on Friday for the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, just outside of Skykomish, WA and when we arrived at the trailhead at about 8:45, it was already dark in the forest. It took us a long time to find the trailhead from the road. The mountain road forked numerous times, and the map was hard to read, and Roman may or may not have led us astray once or twice. But, we all made it in one piece, donned our headlamps, and hiked off into the darkness.

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December 29, 2013 1 comment Read More
Snowshoeing to Skyline Lake

Snowshoeing to Skyline Lake

This Christmas Day, we decided to celebrate by heading to the mountains for a winter adventure! We’d never been snowshoeing before today, but I’d been dying to get out there to see what it’s all about. It’s still pretty early in the season for snow, so our options were fairly limited. However, we set our sights on Skyline Lake in Stevens Pass, which had a base snow depth of about 32″. Perfect for us! After a totally festive breakfast of huevos rancheros, we headed east for our big adventure. The trailhead is just across the highway from Stevens Pass ski resort, conveniently leading up from the overflow parking area. Parking is free too, no pass required. We arrived at about 11:30, donned our snow pants for the first time in a long time, and climbed the hill towards the power lines and into the forest. Skyline Lake

December 27, 2013 1 comment Read More
Going Back in Time at Ebey’s Landing

Going Back in Time at Ebey’s Landing

Recently, we decided to try something different than our normal mountain-and-river fare. I set my sights on Whidbey Island for its sweeping views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Peninsula, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Baker. How awesome does that sound?! The Saturday weather promised to be phenomenal too – 50 degrees and sunny – the most beautiful day of the year so far. It would be a crime to not go on an adventure (I think it’s actually illegal to not enjoy sunny days in Washington before summer begins).

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May 30, 2013 2 comments Read More
Discovering the Lower South Fork Skokomish River Trail

Discovering the Lower South Fork Skokomish River Trail

We set out on this Memorial Day weekend unsure about what we wanted in our adventure. We had contemplated the Mount Walker viewpoint trail, but as the forecast got grayer and grayer, we decided a mountain viewpoint on a cloudy day might be kind of a bust. So, I found the perfect river trail: the Lower Gray Wolf River! Perfect, right? It had also been on my list for a while now, so we decided on that. Saturday morning, we headed to the Edmonds ferry terminal, and unfortunately, it appeared that everybody had the same idea to head to the peninsula that we had. The 90-minute wait was something we’d never encountered there! So, we reevaluated and headed south around the sound. By the time we were through Olympia, I decided it was too late in the day to get back to the north end up to the Lower Gray Wolf River, so now it was time for Plan C. With 3G connection fading fast, I found ourselves a new destination: The Lower South Skokomish River Trail.

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May 27, 2013 21 comments Read More