Fourth of July Hiking Holiday
|July 2 - 5, 2008 I played hard all weekend despite the
high temperatures and challenged myself to see "how far, how high, how
long" I could hike. The answer astonished me. I logged
in 36.4 miles and 9684' of elevation gain between July 2nd and July 5th,
went home to a well-deserved (and much needed) shower and clean clothes,
and completed a CHS hike on the 6th, bringing the total for the entire
weekend to an unbelievable 44.4 miles and 11,684' gain.
My original plans had been to hike to Alpine Lookout via Merritt Lake on Wednesday, to Caroline Lake on Thursday, and backpack to Navaho Pass with a dayhike to Navaho Peak on Friday, coming home on Saturday for a CHS hike to Melwaka Lake on Sunday. A recent trip report made me re-think the Alpine Lookout hike as being unwise to hike solo in the middle of the week, so I substituted a hike to Nada and Snow Lakes in its place. I did not feel up to hiking to Caroline Lake in the heat on Thursday, so I hiked to Eightmile Lakes instead. I kept my Navaho Pass/Navaho Peak plans, but the Melwaka Lake hike was changed to Lake Serene due to lingering snow in the Cascades.
I spent most of this weekend in the Stuart Mountains and the Teanaway, which I have come to love and am beginning to know well.
The weekend statistics:
It was raining as I drove over Snoqualmie Pass on my way home Saturday, which always seems to be the way my trips to the Teanway end. It felt odd to be back in the City, but I felt well rested, refreshed, and ready to get back to work.
|Hike/Destination||Roundtrip Miles||Elevation Gain|
|Snow Lakes (about 1/4 mile around Upper Snow Lake)||14 miles||4200' gain|
|Eightmile Lakes (to the inlet stream at trail's end)||8.4 miles||1361' gain|
|Navaho Peak||14 miles||4123' gain|
|SUBTOTAL||36.4 miles||9684' gain|
|Lake Serene||8 miles||2000' gain|
|GRAND TOTAL||44.4 miles||11684' gain|