March92014
February 21st, 2014 - Rattlesnake Ledge [oops we did this hike 2 weeks ago and I’m just now posting about it]
4 miles, 2 hours
It was cold and rainy (and very snowy at the top) but Rattlesnake ledge was hella fun! Crew was me, Emily, Sadie, KMo, Em’s friend Jackie and her puggle Rocco. The hike is a pretty steep climb (1160 feet over 2 miles) - definitely not just a stroll through the woods by any means. There weren’t a ton of other people on the trail given the conditions, but we definitely weren’t alone up there. At the top, there’s an awesome ledge, covered in snow. Em and I jumped across to a section of it to get the picture above. Terrifying but totally worth it.
Miles this year: 19

February 21st, 2014 - Rattlesnake Ledge [oops we did this hike 2 weeks ago and I’m just now posting about it]

4 miles, 2 hours

It was cold and rainy (and very snowy at the top) but Rattlesnake ledge was hella fun! Crew was me, Emily, Sadie, KMo, Em’s friend Jackie and her puggle Rocco. The hike is a pretty steep climb (1160 feet over 2 miles) - definitely not just a stroll through the woods by any means. There weren’t a ton of other people on the trail given the conditions, but we definitely weren’t alone up there. At the top, there’s an awesome ledge, covered in snow. Em and I jumped across to a section of it to get the picture above. Terrifying but totally worth it.

Miles this year: 19

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January 26th, 2014 - Mount Si (and Talus Loop)

8.3 miles/5.5 hours

Oh goodness what a day. I picked Sadie up at about 9:30, we stopped at the store for some coffee and trail food, and headed out to Mount Si. Si has been on my To Hike list for quite a while. Like since I first heard about it. But it’s a longer trail so it’s tough unless you have all day, and so so crowded in the summer. But enough excuses - today was the day!

By the time we got there the parking lot was pretty full. We found a spot and set out at about 11. The trail definitely reflected the parking lot - plenty of people on it. I don’t blame them either. It was a beautiful day. I started out wearing under armour, a tank top, another long sleeve layer, a fleece hoodie, and a hat. I mean it is January after all. By less than an hour in, I was down to just the tank top and stayed that way until about half way down the mountain. The trail isn’t easy - 3100ft elevation gain over 4 miles. The gains are spread out pretty evenly, so the whole trail is sloped; there aren’t really any flat spots to give your legs a break. But we made it to the top! It took nearly 2.5 hours, but it was so incredibly worth it. The rocks on top were sunny and warm, and we spend about an hour relaxing in the sun, eating, drinking our victory beers, and climbing over to the other side to see the sights. I would guess that it was probably close to 55-60 degrees in the sun.

On the way down, I took a detour and did the Talus Loop while Sadie booked it back to the parking lot where she could use the bathroom (staying hydrated and victory beer will do that to you). This loop adds 0.3 miles to the trail and I’m glad I did it. I didn’t see a single other person while on the loop, which was a nice respite from the fairly crowded trail. i got back to the car just before 4:30, and then we headed home!

Tomorrow my legs and feet will hurt, but I can finally say that I have conquered Mount Si - a Seattle hiking staple.

Miles this year: 17

(Also today I set my goal for 2014 - 200 miles! That’s an average of just under 4 a week, which I thing is manageable. It gives me some room to miss some weeks since most hikes will be longer than 4 miles. Not that I actually plan on missing any weeks)

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January 20th, 2014 - Heather Lake

4.7 miles/3.5 hours

Sadie’s back from China, I have an Australian guest staying with me, and it’s MLK Jr. Day. Sounds like a perfect day for a hike. KMo, Sadie, Ashleigh, and I set out early this morning towards Heather Lake. WTA trip reports from the 17th said the trail was clear of snow, so I took a risk on a trial that tends to only be snowshoe-able this time of year. Damn am I glad I did. The trail itself was pretty easy. Some minor climbing, a couple streams to navigate, and a fallen tree to maneuver, but other than a clear and solid trail. The elevation gain wasn’t too bad at all - only 1100 feet, very much spaced out throughout the hike. After hiking for about an hour and half, we reached the lake. It was gorgeous. There was snow covering the trail around it, and the lake itself was almost entirely frozen over. This combined with the sun coming over the mountains made for a beautiful sight. We hiked around the lake, then headed back the way we came. All in all, a really great hike.

Mile this year: 8.7

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January 18th, 2014 - Little Si
4 miles/2 hours
Today I was having a tough time keeping some hikes straight, which means it’s time to start this baby back up again!!
On Saturday I had some unexpected free time, so I headed out to Little Si. I didn’t have a ton of time, so I needed something close, quick, and familiar. Little Si fit the bill perfectly! It was super cloudy and foggy in the city, but by the time I made it past Issaquah it was clear skies, which meant amazing views from the top. You’d never believe this picture was taken just outside of Seattle in January. I did this one solo, so I put some deep house music on and trucked up and back in just under two hours (including jogging part way down the trail). My first hike of 2014 was definitely a success.
Miles this year: 4.0

January 18th, 2014 - Little Si

4 miles/2 hours

Today I was having a tough time keeping some hikes straight, which means it’s time to start this baby back up again!!

On Saturday I had some unexpected free time, so I headed out to Little Si. I didn’t have a ton of time, so I needed something close, quick, and familiar. Little Si fit the bill perfectly! It was super cloudy and foggy in the city, but by the time I made it past Issaquah it was clear skies, which meant amazing views from the top. You’d never believe this picture was taken just outside of Seattle in January. I did this one solo, so I put some deep house music on and trucked up and back in just under two hours (including jogging part way down the trail). My first hike of 2014 was definitely a success.

Miles this year: 4.0

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March272013

3/16/13 - Lake Serene

~5 miles/~3 hours

This day was quite the adventure. We set out to go on one hike, got about 3 miles away, and then realized the road was still snowed over so we had to turn around and make new plans. So we headed towards Lake Serene instead. The adventures didn’t end there. Lake Serene is actually about 7.2 miles round trip, but because of the season, the falls were too wild for us to be able to cross the water at one point, so instead of risking it, we decided to turn back and take the 1/2 mile detour up to Bridal Veil Falls. This was also thwarted by snow a little over 1/4 of a mile up. So at that point, we called it a day and headed back to the car. It was raining and/or hailing pretty much the whole time, so we were cold and wet, but it was fun nonetheless. The falls were amazing - they were out of control with all the rain and warm(ish) weather that’s been happening lately. We’re planning on going back again a little later in the year when the falls will be a little calmer and we’ll actually be able to get to the lake. Definitely a fun (albeit cold and wet) afternoon.

Miles this year: 21.5 miles

March102013

3/10/13 - Cougar Mountain Trails

~3.5 miles/2 hours?

I didn’t really keep track of the time on this one, so that’s just an estimate. So is the distance, because of the way the Cougar Mountain trails are set up. It’s a pretty extensive trail system, and we just kind of picked a couple and walked through them until we got back to the parking lot. Our main objective was the Coal Creek Trail, because we’re big on waterfalls. It was a nice little walk, and definitely someplace I want to go back to so I can explore more. It’s great because it’s super close to the city and you can really be there as long or as short as you need to be. The trails are really well maintained and clearly marked. Lots of trees all around, but not much in the way of great views.

Miles this year: 16.5

(Sadie and I set our goal today: 150 miles hiked by the time she leaves for China in August)

March52013
note: this post should actually go before the previous post, but whatever
2/23/13 - Little Si
4.5 miles/2.5 hours
First hike of 2013! Friday night I went out with Sadie and ended up crashing on her couch. The next morning when we got up, she said she wanted to go hiking. She meant it as an abstract “that would be fun, but we’ve got shit to do and can’t be that spontaneous.” I said – dead serious – let’s go. So we did. I’ve wanted to do both Mount Si and Little Si for a while now. Little Si was a great early-season hike. The trail was not really muddy, and it was a very straightforward trail. This is a pretty popular one - I ended up running into another student teacher from my school, and one of the other people I was with ran into an old friend. We experienced every type of weather imaginable on this one – rain, hail, snow, and sun. The sun came out right as we got to the top, which was great. We got some nice views of Mount Si with trees still covered in snow, and the valley below. I would definitely do this one again – it’s so convenient and a good easy hike.
Miles this year: 4.5

note: this post should actually go before the previous post, but whatever

2/23/13 - Little Si

4.5 miles/2.5 hours

First hike of 2013! Friday night I went out with Sadie and ended up crashing on her couch. The next morning when we got up, she said she wanted to go hiking. She meant it as an abstract “that would be fun, but we’ve got shit to do and can’t be that spontaneous.” I said – dead serious – let’s go. So we did. I’ve wanted to do both Mount Si and Little Si for a while now. Little Si was a great early-season hike. The trail was not really muddy, and it was a very straightforward trail. This is a pretty popular one - I ended up running into another student teacher from my school, and one of the other people I was with ran into an old friend. We experienced every type of weather imaginable on this one – rain, hail, snow, and sun. The sun came out right as we got to the top, which was great. We got some nice views of Mount Si with trees still covered in snow, and the valley below. I would definitely do this one again – it’s so convenient and a good easy hike.

Miles this year: 4.5

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3/3/13 - Boulder River

8.6 miles/4.5 hours

The hike that inspired this blog! And it’s name: the hike was muddy, but really fun. By the end of it, we didn’t really care how muddy we got, because keeping clean was pretty much a lost cause. The formerly white socks I was wearing will never quite be the same. The elevation gain was minimal, so the tricky parts of the hike came from maneuvering over rocks, logs, muddy spots, and little streams heading down the river. It was a beautiful mix of hiking right next to the river and getting some elevation over it. Lots of nice views of the surrounding mountains, especially with snow-covered trees. Such a great way to spend a March Sunday.

Miles this year: 13 (I’ll post last weekends hike later)

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