Entries from Postcards from the Trail tagged with 'Hiking'

Reflection Lakes Loop

It was another couple of glorious fall days this week. I don't know how long it is going to last. The forecast is for a significant storm approaching and due to arrive on Sunday. Freezing down to 5,000ft; Torrential...

Photohunt: Miniature

The parking lot looks miniature from the top of Bluff Knoll This week's Photohunt theme is Miniature. This week's theme was hard - extremely hard for me. No kids in the house so I couldn't use a miniature toy...

Longs Pass

Mt. Stuart from Longs Pass The forecast was for another set of sunny days. Perfect opportunity for another fall hike. Our hiking buddies are off on Monday so we gave them a call and they wanted to come. Hmm......

Photohunt: Stripes

Road Stripes along the way to Mt. St Helens This week's Photohunt theme is stripes. Another challenging theme. I was thinking about it today and came up with some pretty boring ideas. I was out driving and then the...

Lake Valhalla

Have you experienced a perfect Fall day? Sky brilliant blue, breeze soft and warm, colors aglow in a golden flame? Finding a perfect day to hike is always difficult in the Fall in the Pacific Northwest. The weather changes...

Burroughs Mountain Anniversary Hike

I have been looking forward to our Anniversary hike at Mount Rainier. The weather has been so unpredictable this year. The weather was rainy on our Anniversary. Of course, the sun came out on the days when G had...

Photohunt: Anniversary

Anniversary Hike at Burroughs Mountain This week's Photohunt theme is Anniversary. This was very easy for me for two reasons. First, September 12th is my blog's Anniversary. I started blogging on September 12, 2003! I haven't posted consistently but...

Iron Peak - Face to Face with Mr. Billy

Iron Peak is one of our favorite hikes. We did it last year in late June. Our friend wanted to go hiking in the Teanaway and suggested that we do Iron Peak. It would be a good time especially...

Silver Falls - Entiat

We have taken a likin' to camping and we went again this weekend. The weather has been good so I was hoping to go to the coast. We had two places in mind. One was close to Forks -...

Red Top Fire Lookout

We have passed a sign to Red Top Lookout a million of times on our way to Teanaway hike but we never had a chance to drive up to the top. I have read a couple of hiking reports...

Reecer Creek - Red, White and Blue

The forecast for the 4th of July was gray and damp as expected. The Cascades were providing a rain shadow for Eastern Washington so we packed up the car and headed east again for some sun and flowers. We...

Taneum

Back around 2004, G and I started making an annual pilgrimage to the Taneum area to view the camas and other wildflower fields. Usually we would go mid-May and if it weather wasn't too hot we would find some...

Ebey's Landing

Vista from bluff above Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island We went camping on Memorial Day and stopped at Ebey's Landing on the way. I had heard about the unique flowers that could be found on the bluffs and wanted...

Umtanum Creek Falls

We decided to drive over to Ellensburg in Central Washington and see what was in bloom. Ellensburg is about 125 miles east of Seattle over Snoqualmie Pass. It is farm oriented town with many cattle and hay farms. Central...

Cedar Butte Trail

I don't know why it has taken so long for us to do this hike. It is located just across from Rattlesnake which is one of our favorite hikes in the winter. Cedar Butte is a small knob just...

Tiger Mountain Poo Poo Point via Chirico Trail

Overlooking Bellevue and Lake Sammamish What glorious weather we are having for February! Brilliant sunshine and temperatures almost to 60 degrees. Perfect weather for a winter hike. Tiger Mountain is just east of Issaquah. It encompasses more than 70...

Photohunt: Spotted

Ladybugs - Spring in the Coulees This week's Photohunt theme is Spotted. I had a couple of ideas for this but nothing inspiring. So I turned to google and checked out what other images came up for spotted. Okay......

Lord Hill Regional Park

The sun was supposed to grace our presence today so we planned a hike. I had heard from friends and NW Hikers forum about Lord Hill Regional Park near Snohomish. It sounded like a great place for a walk...

Spencer Island Birdwatch Walk

I've had a bit of cabin fever. The holidays are over. The weather has been dreary and stormy. I really have needed to get out of the house and go someplace different. Fortunately a friend called yesterday and asked...

Maunawili Falls

We awoke to the drumming of rain on the deck. Peaking out the window, I saw the Koo'lau ridge above the deck was wrapped in clouds. The forecast was for the rain to stop but for it to be...

Boulder River

A friend call last week and asked if we wanted to go hiking on Sunday. Sure! I had read several good reports about Boulder River,. a low elevation hike near Darrington. It starts at about 1,000ft and only gains...

Photohunt: Bags

Rainier Summit Climb 2004 - sitting on their bags at a break This week's Photohunt theme is bags. This was really difficult for me. I am not a shopper so I don't have a lot of pictures of shopping...

Blue Lake Trail - North Cascades

One of the Fall joys in the Northwest is the opportunity to see the beautiful sub-alpine larch trees turn brilliant gold. If you are lucky, you can catch them on a crisp clear day where the gold blazes against...

Naches Peak Loop Trail - Mt. Rainier

Our anniversary is in early September. We try to go every year to Sunrise at Mt. Rainier for a late afternoon hike. We take along a picnic and have dinner while watching the sun set. The idea came from...

PhotoHunt: Rock

Mt Whitney - highest mountain in continental US This week's photohunt theme is rocks. I knew I would not have any difficulty with this theme except the difficulty choosing a photo. We love to hike and there are always...

Railroad history along Iron Goat Trail

Like most of the west, the railroad has played a large part in the settling of Washington. The two main access points to the Puget Sound area are across Snoqualmie/Stampede Pass and Stevens Pass. Rail came earlier to Stampede...

Iron Peak - Teanaway Country

I heard that the trails in the Teanaway basin were open. The warm weather has opened the eastern slopes of the cascades earlier than last year even with our heavy snow fall. We decided to go to Iron Peak,...

Lake 22

Twenty Two Creek Last Monday, the weather had cooled off but it was still warm. No rain was forecast so we decided to take advantage of the weather to go hiking. We decided to go to Lake 22 which...

Little Si

The weather has been gorgeous. We have had one of the best month of May in a long time. June is starting out well also. Yesterday it got to almost 80 degrees. Today in the mid-70's. Our friend wanted...

Rattlesnake Ledge

We really needed to get out and get some fresh air. We're had a temperature inversion here in the Seattle area. It has been foggy and nasty every day this week. We decided to head up to Rattlesnake Ledge...

Olympic National Park - Obstruction Point

Mt Olympus from Obstruction Point - Olympic National Park The weather has been gorgeous. I don't remember a better September. It almost makes up for the cold unpredictable summer. We realized we had not been over to Hurricane Ridge...

Burroughs Mountain

Mount Rainier from Third Burroughs Mountain Our anniversary was this weekend. I missed celebrating it last year when I was in France. We have an unusual way of celebrating. We go for a hike. Our favorite place to go...

Leadbetter State Park

The sun woke us by peaking in the skylight. A sunny day. Whoo Hooo! We planned on hiking so it would be a perfect day. I've found out that Cape Disappointment is one of the foggiest places in the...

14 year old to be charged with manslaughter

The Skagit County prosecutors plan on charging the 14 year old boy who shot and killed the hiker on Sauk Mountain with first-degree manslaughter. The prosecutors feel there is enough evidence to prove recklessness. More details have come out in...

Beverly Turnpike

Teanaway Valley is a hikers paradise. The river runs from Mt. Stuart along the eastern slope of the Cascades near Cle Elum. It also a very unique botanical area due to the serpentine soil in the area. The plants...

Tragedy on Sauk Mountain

Just last week, we hiked Sauk Mountain. The day was overcast but the flowers were great. It was not remote trail. It is located just off of Hwy 20 near Rockport. Out in the country but not the remote wilderness....

Sauk Mountain

Plans were made early in the week to go to Sauk Mountain. It is known for the spring wildflower blooms and views. Mid-late July is perfect time to visit to catch a gorgeous hill side filled with color. We...

Bandera Mountain

I haven't been motivated to get on the trail much this year. I need to get out more. G is making a point of getting me on the trail in preparation for France. Two weeks ago we went up...

Ancient Lakes

There is something mysterious and inspiring visiting the majestic coulees of Central Washington. One moment you are driving through the fields of the potato heartland of the Northwest. Green stretching to the horizon with pipes shaped as spiral dragons delivering...

Esmeralda Basin

We finally got a chance to make it back up Esmeralda Basin. It has been several years and our last trip was in the fall. It has a great spring bloom. It was the usual 2.5 hour drive from Seattle...

Washington Desert in Bloom

We have our own desert here in the state of Washington. You may not think of Washington as a desert state but the Columbia Basin area of Eastern Washington is a high desert. It is a favorite place for us...

Death Valley Links

Another week of rain in Southern California! Is it going to dry out in time for our visit? So far, Death Valley has received over 3 inches since the beginning of January. The hills are green, the valley is in...

Spring Desert Wildflowers

It is going to be an outstanding year for desert wildflowers. All the reports say it will rival or exceed the last El Nino year, 1998. We have learned to watch the rainfall that Southern California and Arizona receives starting...

Iron Peak - Ingalls Loop

We needed to test ourselves on yet a longer hike. Whitney is 22 miles so the more we do long hikes, the better prepared we will be for the distance. I looked through the Loop Hikes book and saw...

Miller Peak-Iron Bear

We need to start getting some mileage per hike. Whitney is 22 miles and we need to make certain we can 'go the distance'. G said we need to look for a hike with more mileage. "Maybe we can...

Mt. Wrightson

Bzzzz went the alarm. 5am. I wasn't going to let the heat get to me again. We were going to get on the trail early. I stumble into the kitchen and make the coffee and sandwiches. Breakfast is a...

Mad Dogs and Seattlites

I never do well in hot weather. So why did I think it would be different this time? We slept in and lazily got up around 8:30am. We decided to go to Blue Willow for breakfast before going for a...

Tucson

Ah Sunshine here we come. A few clicks of the mouse and a quick phone call and we are done. Air, car and hotel. We leave early on Thursday (5:30am !!) March 18th and return late on Sunday March 21....