Notes from the Trail

2008

It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone.   2008 was a fun year.  I hiked higher, longer, and farther than I have in previous years, and I spent part of almost every weekend outdoors.  And although I frequently pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone this year, I also did a lot of comfort hiking, too, and repeated hikes to some of my favorite places (Colchuck and Stuart Lakes, Ingalls Pass where the goats are, Snow Lake (near Alpental), Snow and Nada Lakes, Rachel Lake and Rampart Ridge, and Navaho Pass).   The conditioning hiking course I participated in this year helped me expand my horizons and my pool of hiking partners.  I met lots of great people and visited some of the most amazing places I've ever been.   My hiking tastes have changed over the years, and now I know that I love the high places.  My favorite hikes are on ridges above tree line, and I'm never happier than when I'm in the Stuart Mountains.  

 

Grace Lakes - December 27, 2008

Green Lake/Woodland Park - December 20, 2008

Red Pass - December 6, 2008

Pacific Crest Trail - November 30, 2008

Mount Si - November 23, 2008

Snow Lake - November 16, 2008

Nada Lake - November 1-2, 2008

Lake Valhalla - October 26, 2008

Headlight Basin - October 18-19, 2008

Staircase/Big Log Camp - Oct 11-12, 2008

Colchuck Lake/Enchantments 9/26-28, 2008

Cascade Pass - September 20, 2008

Royal Basin - September 13 -14, 2008

Polallie Ridge Loop - September 6, 2008

Tuck Lake - September 1, 2008

Glacier Basin - August 24, 2008

Alta Mountain - August 16, 2008

Winchester Mountain - August 9, 2008

Wedge Mountain - August 2, 2008

Ipsut Creek - July 26 - 27, 2008

Malcolm Mountain Loop - July 20, 2008

Ingalls Lake - July 19, 2008

Lake Serene - July 6, 2008

Fourth of July Hiking Holiday

Navaho Pass - July 4 - 5, 2008

Eightmile Lake - July 3, 2008

Snow Lakes - July 2, 2008

Necklace Valley Workparty - June 28, 2008

Navaho Pass - June 21, 2008

Ancient Lakes - June 14 - 15, 2008

Green Lake - MRNP - June 8, 2008

Stuart Lake - June 7, 2008

Colchuck & Stuart Lakes - May 31, 2008

  Columbia Gorge Weekend

Swakane Canyon - May 26, 2008  

Eagle Creek - May 18, 2008

Dog Mountain - May 17, 2008

Orcas Island Weekend  

Turtleback Mountain - May 4, 2008

Mt Constitution - May 3, 2008

Cape Alava - April 25 - 26, 2006

Black Canyon - April 13, 2008

Ozette Loop - April 12, 2008

Pinnacle Peak - April 6, 2008

Smithbrook - March 29, 2008

Oyster Dome - March 22, 2008

Winter Skills - March 16, 2008

Cowiche Canyon - March 15, 2008

Kachess Lake - March 9, 2008

Big Four Ice Caves - March 8, 2007

Skyline Lake - March 1, 2008

Steeple Rock - February 23, 2008

PCT / Stevens Pass - February 18, 2008

Rattlesnake Mountain - February 16, 2008

Gold Creek Basin - January 13, 2008

Keechelus Lake - January 12, 2008