Okay. Yeah. This is my 3rd Mt. Dickerman post in an hour as I sift through old pictures trying to piece together my hiking history. I remember this climb better than most. This was an early season hike (May 24, 2015) that (according to the photo metadata) started around 1:20 AM (yes, you read that right) with the hope of catching sunrise (even though the weather was iffy). I don't know what we were thinking. This is just one of those hikes we look back on and shake our heads. We climbed through the night and made it to the top before 5 AM. When we got there we found it completely socked in with clouds. Pretty much the only thing we accomplished was screwing up our sleep schedule for a few days.
Yet another post about Mt. Dickerman. I'm recording these mostly so that I'll personally be able to reference this in the future. I found these in a folder called nothing other than "2014-08-03". So there it is. The metadata indicates I climbed early in the morning of August 3, 2014 and was on top prior to 9:30 AM. I don't remember this hike other than I was searching for photos from Mt. Dickerman thinking "I know I've climbed it more than twice." Looks like it was a beautiful day. I'll leave it at that. Short and sweet.
This post is 4 months late. Back on July 15 we cut out of work a little early and headed up the Mountain Loop Highway to climb Mt. Dickerman, again. I love this hike despite the hard climbing and near infinite switchbacks. We started late with the goal of making the top for sunset. We were able to do so and were rewarded handsomely. The price was a slow (and very carefuly) climb down in the dark - we didn't get back to the trailhead until around midnight.
Not much to say about this one. It's probably my favorite "close-in" hike and it's tough. This was my 3rd time up Teneriffe (this hike occurred on 6-21-2014). I didn't have any photos other than the obligatory pic of Mt. Rainier. I grabbed the selfie from a video I had apparently recorded up there.
Video says it was before 9 AM, I'd made it in 2 1/2 hours, and I was all alone. Looks like it was a beautiful day and as I stare out my window at gray skies I'm about jealous of me from back then.
I do remember this was the first time I'd encountered goats up close. Coming up the spine I stumbled across a mountain goat and a kid and before I could even react they bounded off over a cliff. I was also told by some hikers that showed up about 30 minutes later that they'd seen me on top and there were goats on the cliffs just underneath where I'd been standing when I made the video. Very cool.
Anyway, more details can be found at my prior reports of this trail here and here.
If you have Craig Romano's "Backpacking Washington", take a look at trips #52 and #53. We merged elements of those trips into our own loop from *I think* Sept 7-10 of 2013. Starting from the Sloan Creek Campground off of the Mountain Loop highway, we climbed up the North Fork Sauk River Trail, explored Red Pass, White Pass, Ward's Pass, and Blue Lake before returning via the Pilot Ridge Trail. The photo below was taken from the PCT looking south. Trail on the left takes you to White Pass. Trail on the right takes you to Red Pass.
The date of this post is 4/3/2017. However, the metadata on these photos tells me I actually did this hike way back on 7/28/2013. From my memory, you start at Barlow Pass on the Mountain Loop Highway headed towards Monte Cristo and then cut up the hill to the right near the bridge washout. I don't remember much about the climb up. I do remember being awe-struck when I got there. The views were amazing. If anything I'm reminded that I need to get back this summer. These pictures don't do it justice.
3 years, 6 months, 4 days.
That's the elapsed time since my last post. At that point, I was really busy with work, school, 2 growing boys, a house, and all of the other stuff that goes on in life. I'm still really busy will all of those things but school will be coming to an end soon and I'd like to get back to recording my hikes.
So you may have noticed that I updated the theme of this website. In the coming days, weeks, and months I'll be going back through my photos to remind myself of what hikes I've done in that last 3 1/2 years. I hope to get posts up for each of those hikes and then going forward post my new hikes as I did previously.
Stay tuned to also see photos of backpacking trips in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, Seven Lakes Basin in Olympic National Park, Spyder Gap and the Lyman Lakes, and the Copper Ridge Chilliwack River Loop in the North Cascades.
That's it. Short and sweet.
I would like to say a big thank you to anyone who ever read my blog and especially to anyone who ever expressed gratitude for my reports. It was always my goal to give others a sense of how amazing, how beautiful, and sometimes, how physically demanding the mountains around my home are. I love these hills. I really do. They have become a part of me, or maybe I have become a part of them.
Though I haven't made a report since July, I've continued to hike and backpack and have experienced some great adventures in some wonderful locations. I especially loved Gothic Basin near Monte Cristo off the Mountain Loop Highway. That place was absolute heaven. The picture above is me (with Glacier Peak in the background). It was taken just off the PCT (Ward's Pass) in the Glacier Peak wilderness in early September. Another beautiful piece of country.
As time goes on, my two boys are getting bigger, my family, my job, and just my life in general is allowing less time for hiking and even less time for blogging. Therefore I have decided to give up the blog (but not the hiking) to focus on other pursuits. This blog should stay live until probably May of 2014, but this will be my last post.
So again, thanks! Get out and explore, take the 10 essentials, be safe, and have fun. I hope to see you out there!
Extremely busy week at work and at home. All work and no play makes lemArts are very dull boy. Time to get out. Where to go? Needs to be somewhere new. Somewhere with distance. Somewhere more remote. Somewhere without crowds. Pull out enormous collection of maps late in the week and start scouting. Got it. Green Trails Maps #175. West Fork Foss River and Lakes. Starting from Forest Road 6835 south of Hwy 2 just east of Skykomish, WA. Trail is roughly 14 miles round trip from trailhead to Big Heart Lake. Several thousand feet of climbing. On the way it passes Trout Lake, Lake Malachite, Copper Lake, and Little Heart Lake.
Two notes. (1) My hiking buddy is vacationing in Iceland right now so I'm on my own. (2) My in-laws are in town and I have to be at Anthony's in Edmonds at 5:15 PM for dinner, which means I need to be on the trail early if I have any chance of doing all 14 miles.
Lately the sky has been clear, the temps have been hot, and A-man has been begging me to take him hiking. So this morning I dragged him out of bed pretty early and we drove out I-90 to climb up to Mason Lake. A-man's only other prior hikes were to Rattlesnake Ledge and to Cherry Creek Falls. He is growing fast and has an abundance of energy so I thought he might be capable of this 6 mile round trip hike including over 2500 feet of elevation gain. I had previously taken this same trail up to Bandera Mountain as well as to Mason Lake and Mt. Defiance. It's one of my favorites.
My prior reports contain better descriptions of this trail. Today it was dry and hot but in fantastic shape. The pictures below show a strong and willing A-man man making his way up past the Bandera/Mason split to the high point before descending into the lake basin. Mt. Rainier was out in all its glory. No matter how many pictures I take of Mt. Rainier I always feel the need to take more.