North Cascades: Maple-Heather Pass Loop, Sept 2014

Simply put, one of our top hikes ever Distance: 8.5 miles round trip (7.2 miles without side trails) Type: loop Difficulty:  moderately difficult with 2,125′ elevation gain, rocky tread, and some very minor exposure topped off with a knee pounding descent   Best season: late July to early October Maple-Heather Pass Loop off the North Cascade …

North Cascades: Galena Lakes Loop, Sept 2014

Beautiful loop trail into Mount Baker Wilderness with stunning views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan as well as several alpine lakes. Distance:  7.5 miles round trip (+/- 1.0 mile depending on route options) Type: loop Difficulty:  moderate with 1,700′ elevation gain Best season: late summer and early fall Galena Chain Lakes at Mt. Baker and …

Mt. Rainier Part 1: Grove of the Patriarchs & Silver Falls, July 2014

“Of all the fire mountains which like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest.”   ~ John Muir Mick and Jason are old salty Navy buddies dating back 25 years.  A couple years ago, they reconnected on Facebook after which Mick would frequently comment on our hiking photos.  Then one …