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A Weekend of Frozen Lakes

A Weekend of Frozen Lakes

In our resolution to make it outside more frequently, we decided to spend the first full weekend of the year doing just that. It’s been exceptionally cold recently in the Puget Sound region, so getting out has been interesting. We had painfully beautiful weather all week, which led to a lot of pining for the freshly snow-covered mountains that stood up razor-sharp against the clear sky. Though of course, as Friday gave way to the weekend, the clouds rolled in, and everything became grey again. That’s January in Seattle.

January 12, 2017 0 comments Read More
Getting Eaten Up at Rampart Lakes

Getting Eaten Up at Rampart Lakes

Rampart Lakes are awesome. Rachel Lake was awesome. Rampart Ridge is glorious.

Okay, that’s out of the way.

Our friends Zaq and Amanda wanted to go on their first real backpacking trip with us. We were doing the Enchantments later that fall and they wanted to have a couple trips under their belt before undertaking such a journey. We let them pick the spot, took them to REI and showed them our favorite gear, and then when the day came we loaded up in our Subaru and headed out to exit 62 off I-90.

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January 5, 2017 2 comments Read More
Shedding the Crowds at Gem Lake

Shedding the Crowds at Gem Lake

Summer is quickly drawing to an end here in the PNW. It’s beginning to get dark around dinner time, all the light has a wonderful golden quality to it, and the leaves on certain trees are starting to turn. The rain made a glorious appearance last week before Labor Day, heralding the end to the sun drenched weekends we’ve been enjoying for what feels like so long now. While I’m ready for the return of blanket season, I’m not quite ready to give up the high alpine elevations that are so accessible right now. This weekend, we set our sights on Gem Lake, a hike that’s been on my list for a couple years now, ever since hiking to Snow Lake for the first time almost two years ago.

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September 12, 2016 0 comments Read More
Anniversary Hike to Mount Catherine

Anniversary Hike to Mount Catherine

Mount Catherine was recommended to me by a wonderful coworker of mine who had just accomplished it. When he told me about it, it ticked all of the boxes that I had in mind for this nebulous anniversary hike: short, scenic, close to home, and not too crowded. We’ve had a busy month in July and didn’t want to spend all day driving or out on the trail, but rather wanted plenty of time left in the day to relax at home together.

Mount Catherine, Hyak, Washington

August 9, 2016 1 comment Read More
Heybrook Lookout

Heybrook Lookout

There’s a trailhead on the side of Highway 2, just inside the National Forest boundary, that we’ve often sped past as we head east into the mountains. Its proximity and mystery always intrigued me. There are never many cars parked in the modest lot, and no features ever stood out besides the steep wall that the trail must have hugged. No road sign calls it out as an attraction. Finally, I remembered to look it up when I had signal, and learned about the short, steep trail to the Heybrook Lookout.

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May 1, 2016 0 comments Read More