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.