Tongue Peak is a mean looking, short and steep extinct volcanic rock, near town called Randle, WA.Views from the saddle @ 3900 ft level are just the same as the Peak @4838 ft. aka ‘tip of the tongue’.Mt. Adams, Rainier, Mt. St. Helens and the nearby Juniper Peak are all lined before your eyes. While Mocha & I stayed @the somewhat safe saddle, Steve scrambled up the spur trail to the peak to take pix. History: This mountain was a traditional goat hunting site for Taidnapam Indians. Below: Looking back at the extinct volcano later, from the next hike, LAYSER CAVES.
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Save you the curiosity question; The name ‘Snoquera’ is actually an amalgamation of Snoqualmie and Emergency Relief Appropriations, a completely made-up name.It’s a pretty powerful waterfall starting from 480-ft high cliff, creating a 300-ft drop in a 90-pitch straight down and 20-ft width. It becomes into view only after climbing little under 1000-ft vertical dirt trail.Below: Past the Boy Scout campsite, and a quaint mini amphitheater, a glimpse at the falls.
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When it’s cloudy and only mid 50’s in Seattle a 170-mile road trip back to sunny 80-deg. Yakima Valley fills your passion to HIKE! The old town of Union Gap, pop. 6100, incorporated back in 1883, has high ridges @2000-ft and beautiful Yakima River.Multipleextra steep dirt trails will lead straight up toAhtanum Ridge (Indian name meaning Creek by the long Mountain)allowing you to make your own custom-made loop, anywhere from 4 to 10 miles. The valley is a haven for fruit orchards and all sorts of farming.
Despite the forecast calling for rain and thunderstorms, the motto is: Plans made and Plans kept. Overnight for R&R @ the rustic Winthrop Inn, early at the trail head of Lewis Butte 5-mile hike. Vertical gain of 1100′ with 360 degree views all the way up.Below: Only concern is when will the predicted squalls arrive?
Forecast sunny and near 70-deg. a 200 mile-road trip via North Cascades Hwy 20 from Seattle. Consider every mile and the fuel cost worth it for the surrounding views you get from the summit of Patterson Mountain. Town of Winthrop is a hub for skiers, hikers, rock climbers and rafters all year round. HWY#20 drive is also renowned for its dramatic jagged mountain tops and the snow fed white capped waters of Methow River. Below: A look from the Sun Mountain Lodge, at Patterson Mt.’s gentle slope 5-mile climb and Patterson Lake.
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About 70 miles north of Seattle there is a prominence, its peak a little under 2000-ft. and a spooky looking lake below that has no living fish in it! Even the fishermen’s site says, ‘Go find another lake, there is no fish in Devils Lake’. Researched why a mountain with a decent road trail, 6-mile roundtrip hike, that even used to have a fire lookout point until 1970, deserved ‘Devils’ name. In this nice dry, partly sunny day, we stopped to talk to locals, one couple who lived there for 30 years thought probably because a man’s body was found by a hiker (suicide victim-20 years ago)??? The fact that there have never been any fish in Devils Lake probably had something to do with it. The vertical climb of 900 ft made it a perfect workout for us anyway. Below: View of the Cascades, Big Lake and Mt Baker in the clear distance.
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If sun doesn’t come to you, we go to the sun; drove 130 miles to climb this picturesque mountain on this ONE sunny day. After following a steep trail, gaining 2000 vertical feet, reached the summit. Rolling hills, making canyons that envelope each other, with blackbirds chirping under the bluest sky. Below: Sizing up our destination; communication towers @ 3212′ summit! Took 1 hour and 45 mnts. Straight up from the gentle Yakima River water level through the basalt cliffs.
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Our 7-mile hike to the summit of East Tiger Mountain (3000 ft.) got a little more active than originally planned! We still hiked up; all the while 250 daring mountain biking athletes zig zagged across our trail in several sections. The race consisted of 5-stages and male/female competitors, waves varied in levels of expertise and ages between 14 and 18. Their devoted friends & family members camped out hours with video equipment at junctions to snap a photo while they flew high over boulder crossings.
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Over the years, each time we trek up this peak (2600-ft.) it seems that we never get enough of its many different routes, raw nature and wildlife. This time even though it was officially ‘cougar hunting season‘ we went up a loop to West Taylor summit that included the funky X-R (x-rated) short cut up. Below:Halfway up to the peak, area completely logged and Steve assessing the job. Once a logger, always a logger.
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In the hardy days (1950s) of downhill skiing, Snoqualmie Summit Ski Area built the first double chair lift, called the Thunderbirdrun. Thunderbird Restaurant @3800′ with a unique Navajo image, became the hot spot for pre/apre skiers. It’s been closed for more than a decade but is still our snowshoe destination today. Sweltering hot (40 deg!) April sun hustling 800 ft. vertical slope, in only 1 mile up, same down; Awesome! Below:Group start up photo: Guye Peak behind us, Snoqualmie Mt. on the left. Red Mt. on the right.
NOTE#1:Only a handful of likeminded outdoorsy people out there today. Those who hike up and cross-country ski down, a couple snow boarders practicing, BUT we were the only snowshoers. NOTE # 2: My new e-book is in the oven, an engaging plot inspired from our AZ’s Eagletail Mountains trek. Title is SET: Brown Girl of the Eagletail Mountains: Tohono O’odham Peoples Culture, a young climber’s love story, mystic Sedona Vortex rocks, petroglyphs, and a great deal of sleuthing. This week’s recommended e-book: For the Sake of Justice, all about London, London, UK crime scenes all the time. Search author Dee Tezelli on Amazon. Cheers.