Hiking

Chair Peak Lake

I go to the mountains to renew my spirit, to sing to the forest creatures, to make prayers for the waters to flow purely, and for healing to bless this world. I left Seattle a little before 5am, arriving in the pitch black at the Snow Lake Trailhead/Alpental where I stashed my bicycle in the bushes, driving back down the old highway to Denny Creek trailhead. I began my hike with a headlamp at 6am, taking note of the slippery dew on rock and duff, planting my hiking sticks very deliberately to steady me. The hike up the south side of Hemlock Pass (2 hours 20 minutes from the trailhead) was...

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Bailey Range 2017 – The Journey Home

“Wilderness is a state of mind”, as the saying goes. Nonetheless, there are places left on this planet where vast tracts of relatively untouched forests and mountains exist, and solitude is found in abundance. The Bailey Range in Olympic National Park is one such sanctuary of pristine beauty. The paths are often faint or non-existent, and require imagination combined with in-the-moment focus to follow. Spectacular vistas of endless peaks, ridges, distant oceans, and alpine meadows carpeted with flowers will fill you with awe and melt your heart open. But the treachery of fickle...

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Kaleetan Peak II

After doing this hike less than two weeks ago, it’s uncommon beauty beckoned me to return with a friend. This hike isn’t for everyone. The trail to Melakwa Lake is where most people turn back, but if you are comfortable scrambling off trail in steep, varied terrain (rock, snow, bush), and love walking through high airy places watching the mist burn off from above early on a summer morning, then this may be for you.  Check the WTA.org website, and of course, know your own limitations and skill level. Have the ten essentials?     Share this:Click to email this to a friend...

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Olallie Lake, Pratt Lake, Lower Tuscohatchie, Melakwa, Denny Creek Loop Hike

We arrived at the Denny Creek trailhead just before 6:00 a.m. and unloaded two bicycles. Though I meant to lock them to a tree, I closed the U-lock without actually looping both ends of the cable into the lock bar. Oops! We drove down to Pratt Lake trailhead, a few miles downriver, and were on the trail by 6:11 a.m. Note that both these trailheads require a Northwest Forest Pass (or a day use fee deposited in the payment box) and it won’t save you from a ticket unless you actually display it, unlike me who absentmindedly left my annual pass in the glove box. Fortunately, the ranger...

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Kaleetan Peak

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