One Hike A Week / 每週一徒

Two Labrador Retrievers and their human companion, one destination at a time.

12/31 - Yakima Skyline Ridge II / 雅基馬天際線脊之二

We decided to pay a visit to an old friend on the last day of the year. The dogs and I saw just one hiker on the way in as he was coming out to his car with his cute little dog.
The place was just how I remembered it except this time with virtually no snow on the ground. There was one tiny batch by the trailhead in a shaded area. My favorite part about this hike is the sight of Roza Dam, where Yakima River beautifully winds in and out of the Canyon.
It was a great way to spent the last year of the year, alone, with the dogs.
Flickr: http://bit.ly/yakima-skyline-ridge-ii

12/31 - Yakima Skyline Ridge II / 雅基馬天際線脊之二

We decided to pay a visit to an old friend on the last day of the year. The dogs and I saw just one hiker on the way in as he was coming out to his car with his cute little dog.

The place was just how I remembered it except this time with virtually no snow on the ground. There was one tiny batch by the trailhead in a shaded area. My favorite part about this hike is the sight of Roza Dam, where Yakima River beautifully winds in and out of the Canyon.

It was a great way to spent the last year of the year, alone, with the dogs.

Flickr: http://bit.ly/yakima-skyline-ridge-ii

(Source: Flickr / johnwporter)

6 months ago

12/29 - Tolmie Peak Snowshoe / 托米峯雪鞋行

While the dogs were still dreaming about Mount Persis from the day before, I snuck out to enjoy some me time in the Mount Rainier National Park area. I had just read about the hike this morning while eyeing through trip reports online. I don’t get to do a lot of hikes around Rainier since dogs aren’t allowed, so today was a perfect day to scope out a new place.
The Boundary was inconspicuous, had to drive slowly and look very closely for the entrance. Once on the trail, the goal was to first obtain the ridge parallel to Mowich Lake Road, and then traverse the ridge through Virginia Peak, Razzleberry, and Berry Peak to the Eunice Lake meadows.
I enjoyed the sight of the lookout tower from Eunice Lake for a few. Sadly, there aren’t too many of lookout towers left in the State of Washington. From the tower, I put on snowshoes and switched from poles to ice axe to walk the short ridge over to the peak. There were some icy spots on the ridge but manageable.
Unfortunately, Rainier was in clouds the entire time, otherwise it would have been an even more beautiful sight all around. On the way back I decided to follow the direction of the summer trail back down to the Mowich Lake Road and walked the road back to the car.
Flickr: http://bit.ly/tolmie-peak

12/29 - Tolmie Peak Snowshoe / 托米峯雪鞋行

While the dogs were still dreaming about Mount Persis from the day before, I snuck out to enjoy some me time in the Mount Rainier National Park area. I had just read about the hike this morning while eyeing through trip reports online. I don’t get to do a lot of hikes around Rainier since dogs aren’t allowed, so today was a perfect day to scope out a new place.

The Boundary was inconspicuous, had to drive slowly and look very closely for the entrance. Once on the trail, the goal was to first obtain the ridge parallel to Mowich Lake Road, and then traverse the ridge through Virginia Peak, Razzleberry, and Berry Peak to the Eunice Lake meadows.

I enjoyed the sight of the lookout tower from Eunice Lake for a few. Sadly, there aren’t too many of lookout towers left in the State of Washington. From the tower, I put on snowshoes and switched from poles to ice axe to walk the short ridge over to the peak. There were some icy spots on the ridge but manageable.

Unfortunately, Rainier was in clouds the entire time, otherwise it would have been an even more beautiful sight all around. On the way back I decided to follow the direction of the summer trail back down to the Mowich Lake Road and walked the road back to the car.

Flickr: http://bit.ly/tolmie-peak

(Source: Flickr / johnwporter)

6 months ago

12/28 - Mount Persis Snowshoe III / 波斯山雪鞋行之三

Decided to go a few days earlier this year since the weather will likely turn sour on New Year’s Eve, which was the day the dogs and I had been up the mountain the last couple of years.
So far we haven’t been getting much snow (yet) this season, so getting to the hiker’s path entrance wasn’t a problem. Although there was a big water puddle couple switchbacks down the bumpy road that might have created problems for smaller cars.
I used traction (microspikes) in the section between the first talus field and the point where the cliff with the “balanced rock” looking feature comes into view because that section got pretty icy and slippery. Beyond that, I held out on putting on snowshoes for as long as I could after re-entering the forest. Trust me, you WILL need snowshoes. Met a guy on the way down who turned around at the exact spot where I put on snowshoes. Judging by his tracks, he tried to go farther but didn’t go very far before starting to posthole.
Yet another nice trip up the mountain. I’m hoping to return in the summer or fall so I can see what the place looks like without all the white stuff.
Flickr: http://bit.ly/mt-persis-iii

12/28 - Mount Persis Snowshoe III / 波斯山雪鞋行之三

Decided to go a few days earlier this year since the weather will likely turn sour on New Year’s Eve, which was the day the dogs and I had been up the mountain the last couple of years.

So far we haven’t been getting much snow (yet) this season, so getting to the hiker’s path entrance wasn’t a problem. Although there was a big water puddle couple switchbacks down the bumpy road that might have created problems for smaller cars.

I used traction (microspikes) in the section between the first talus field and the point where the cliff with the “balanced rock” looking feature comes into view because that section got pretty icy and slippery. Beyond that, I held out on putting on snowshoes for as long as I could after re-entering the forest. Trust me, you WILL need snowshoes. Met a guy on the way down who turned around at the exact spot where I put on snowshoes. Judging by his tracks, he tried to go farther but didn’t go very far before starting to posthole.

Yet another nice trip up the mountain. I’m hoping to return in the summer or fall so I can see what the place looks like without all the white stuff.

Flickr: http://bit.ly/mt-persis-iii

(Source: Flickr / johnwporter)

6 months ago

12/25 - Avalanche Mountain Snowshoe / 雪崩山雪鞋行

Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be sipping a cup of hot cocoa, snuggling up with the dogs, and opening presents under the Christmas tree… Nah, I’d rather hang out up here.
I saw not a soul on the way to Snow Lake until I got to the pass overlooking Snow Lake, where a group of hikers were taking a break and taking photos. I descended toward the lake, then put on snowshoes and left the trail at second switchback heading toward meadows below Avalanche Mountain.
The slopes were pretty steep and the snowshoes worked very well. Just below the ridge it got a little sketchy, since not all of the rocks had been completely covered with snow. It took some careful planning and stepping to get up to the summer block and up on the summit.
High clouds, so the views were cleared up for me to take some nice shots of peaks all around me. Snoqualmie Mountain and Mount Thomson looked especially threatening from this angle.
Flickr: http://bit.ly/avalanche-mountain

12/25 - Avalanche Mountain Snowshoe / 雪崩山雪鞋行

Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be sipping a cup of hot cocoa, snuggling up with the dogs, and opening presents under the Christmas tree… Nah, I’d rather hang out up here.

I saw not a soul on the way to Snow Lake until I got to the pass overlooking Snow Lake, where a group of hikers were taking a break and taking photos. I descended toward the lake, then put on snowshoes and left the trail at second switchback heading toward meadows below Avalanche Mountain.

The slopes were pretty steep and the snowshoes worked very well. Just below the ridge it got a little sketchy, since not all of the rocks had been completely covered with snow. It took some careful planning and stepping to get up to the summer block and up on the summit.

High clouds, so the views were cleared up for me to take some nice shots of peaks all around me. Snoqualmie Mountain and Mount Thomson looked especially threatening from this angle.

Flickr: http://bit.ly/avalanche-mountain

(Source: Flickr / johnwporter)

7 months ago