Mt Townsend via Little Quilcene Trail

It was a nice day on Mt Townsend. When I headed out the morning of this hike, it was overcast and almost looked like rain was in the forecast. The mountain didn’t disappoint this day. I’ve written previously about Mt Townsend, so I’ll just let the pictures and short video speak for themselves.

Staircase

I was on a mission to hike Mt Townsend this weekend. I started driving that way but it was raining really hard when I got near that area. I changed plans at the last minute and drove south on 101 all the way down the Hood Canal and headed up towards Lake Cushman. The weather …

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Umtanum Canyon Loop

I recently visited Umtanum Canyon and ridge again. Last October I hiked the canyon and climbed up to Manastash Ridge for a loop. This time I went up Umtanum Ridge and did a big loop on the south side of the canyon. I really enjoy the wide open spaces in the Umtanum area and come …

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Cascade Head

Over Presidents Day weekend this year, Dawn, Hayden and I traveled to Lincoln City Oregon to stay in a beach house our friends rented to celebrate a birthday. We had a great time. Beautiful house. Beautiful area. The weather happened to be pretty nasty this weekend but there were a few occasional breaks and the kids …

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Sammamish River Trail

I joined my outdoors club (Peninsula Wilderness Club) on this bike ride on the Sammamish River Trail. I found it odd to schedule a bike trip in February because around here it is usually cold and raining this time of year. But I was interested in seeing this converted rail trail and thought why not? …

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Ebey’s Landing

This was a trip I sponsored as a trip leader for my club the Peninsula Wilderness Club. This was my very first visit to Ebey’s Landing. We had a foggy start to the day but it cleared up nicely by the end of the hike. After Ebey’s Landing, we visited Fort Ebey and Fort Casey. …

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Cape Disappointment

Sorry if this takes a while to load, lots of pictures on this one. I call this blog post Cape Disappointment, but in reality, the trip encompassed much, much more than just that one area. The title “Mouth of the Columbia” would be more fitting, but sounds unappealing to me. Hayden and I took a …

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Jefferson Ridge

A great winter hike up Jefferson Ridge in the Olympic Mountains. Thanks to Bob and Steve for joining me and being patient with my leg cramp issues I was having. The Olympic Mountain Trail Guide (Wood’s Guide) has info on this trail but it must predate the road as it describes the hike starting at Elk Lakes. …

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Elk and Jefferson Lakes

Elk Lakes are located in the Hamma Hamma region of the Olympic Mountains, specifically the Jefferson Creek drainage of the Olympics. My friends Steve and Nancy from the Peninsula Wilderness Club sponsored this hike and I was excited to go since I had never heard of this place let alone hike it. It turned out …

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Cinnamon Trail

I once again had the pleasure of hiking a somewhat obscure route in the Mt Saint Helens area with guidebook author, Craig Romano. Craig is in the process of hiking all the trails in the Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument as research for a new book he is writing. I am honored to accompany …

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Heather Park

Cheryl and I were going to do the whole loop that can be done by hiking up to Klahane Ridge via the Mount Angeles, AKA Heather Park Trail and back down via the Lake Angeles, AKA Klahane Ridge Trail, but I’ll be honest in that I was pretty much done once we arrived at Heather …

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Smith Creek Butte

This was a hike I took with guidebook author Craig Romano as he continues to research the Mt Saint Helens area for an upcoming book. This time we hiked the Smith Creek Butte trail on the east side of the mountain. There is not much info about Smith Creek Butte available on the internet, or …

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Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm

I had an itch to go for a hike in the North Cascades. Being so far from the Kitsap Peninsula, its easy to think the North Cascades are out of reach. The Cascade Pass trail, according to Craig Romano in this WTA post, is the only trailhead in the North Cascades National Park that you …

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Tolmie Peak Lookout

A good day with Hayden. We drove up to Mowich Lake and hiked up Tolmie Peak. First time for both of us. Pretty easy hike, there was still some snow around Eunice Lake. Hayden loved hiking in the snow and being up on the mountain top but the rest of the hike he didn’t like …

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Marmot Pass and Mt Buckhorn

Took a hike up to Marmot Pass and up to Mt Buckhorn with my friend Cheryl. We made quick time to the pass and feeling strong we continued on the final 900 feet of elevation to the top of the mountain. The forecast said that this was the better of the two days and called …

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Mt Zion

Plans changed at the last minute this weekend and I got to go hiking with my little buddy. All I heard was, can we take a break, my feet hurt, Dad my hip still hurts, can I have a drink of water, my legs hurt. The whole. Way. Up! But then when we finally made …

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Pueblo Mountains – SE Oregon

Last year around the Memorial Day weekend, I took a trip down to SE Oregon. While I was down there I made a note of mountains and areas that looked interesting. One of these areas, the Pueblo Mountains which are just south of Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert caught my attention. There is a …

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Vance Creek Bridge

The Vance Creek Bridge is an abandoned railroad bridge in the South East Olympic Mountains. At 347 feet high, it was the second highest railway bridge ever built in the United States. I didn’t have the nerve to walk out on it very far. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

South Mountain Loop

The previous weekend I made an attempt to hike up South Mountain. This time around I was better prepared and actually drew out a track to follow on my phone’s built-in GPS. I was successful this time around. I didn’t see a soul all day out there, probably due to the ambiguous signage that the …

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Lost on South Mountain

Ok, so I wasn’t exactly lost, but I sure as heck didn’t find the top of South Mountain. For all the logging roads that criss-cross this mountain, I figured I could surely find a route, but I got a bushwhack instead. South Mountain is the southern most peak in the Olympic Mountains. To get there …

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Griff Creek Trail

I heard the Griff Creek Trail was snow free so I headed that way this weekend. While the Griff Creek Trail doesn’t actually follow along Griff Creek, it does follow along the ridge next to it. The officially maintained trail ends at the 3300′ elevation mark but an unofficial trail continues on to a prominent …

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Umtanum Falls and Black Canyon

This was an event I sponsored last October for my hiking club – the Peninsula Wilderness Club.  A lot of the events my club puts on are really close to home, which usually means the Olympic Mountains so I was excited to find out that there was 11 of us on this particular outing to …

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