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14 Dry Creek Green Trails Mount Steel 167, Mount Tebo 199

November 2, 2009 by mossy mom

This hike now starts at the causeway instead of the trailhead since only homeowners get a key to the gate. The first mile of trail is actually a road that is flanked with old-growth stumps and no trespassing signs. Finally after the crossing of Dry Creek the forest begins.

Dry Creek is never dry but it is always easy to ford. A mile after the creek crossing the old growth forest starts. I always turn around when I can see the logging scars that mark the South Fork Skokomish end of the trail. No rea- son to lose and regain elevation just to see the other trailhead that is actually a logging road.

This trail could use some TLC. It is getting hard to follow in places.

I went 14.7 miles and gained 2,600 feet. I had complete solitude.

Mount Rainier

15 Glacier Basin Green Trails Mount Rainier East 270

November 1, 2009 by Abby110

An absolutely gorgeous day to be at Glacier Basin. Cold, but sunny and very little snow and few people on the trail. The first mile is still the boulder-hopping stream-crossing work-around, which really is nice. Being that close to the river is quite a treat. When you make the turn to go up to the basin you do run into a tiny bit of snow but nothing that would cause you any trouble. It was completely clear when we got up there at 12:30 and sat leaning against some rocks, eating lunch, until the sun dipped behind the mountain, and, oops, the temperature dropped several degrees. Time to go, but it was hard to say goodbye to the beautiful views and the surprising solitude.

January + February 2010 » Washington Trails

16 Rampart Ridge Loop Green Trails Mount Rainier West 269

October 31, 2009 by Tatooshie

Great Halloween hike! Rainy and darkish in the woods ... spooky! Especially when I looked up and saw 2 ghostly deer watching me! Also saw some grouse, right in front of me on trail. Very rainy, standing water on ridgetop due to clay soil there. Still a very pretty, enjoyable outing, 1,339 feet elevation gain, 5 mile loop. No views due to rain and mist, but a great day! There are still some fall colors on shrubs and trees along the way. With rest stops, lunch stop, 4 hours from Longmire and back to Longmire/ car. (I am slow going uphill.) Great hike for test- ing your hiking/fitness level. Missed my boon companions, though.

South Cascades

17 Greenwater and Echo

Lakes Green Trails Lester 239

November 12, 2009 by Hikingqueen

Hike #93 of 2009. I’ve been sick for a week and lying around so today was the day to get off the couch and back to the trails! I’m almost to my goal of 100 hikes this year. I know I can do it!

Top 10 reasons why I love Greenwater Lakes Trail: Trail is so soft under my feet, seldom ever see anyone, waterfall, lakes, old-growth forest, mushrooms, bridges, creeks running be- side the trail, easy access from FR 70, it’s great in any season. I could go on but I said top 10.

I arrived at the trail promptly at 9 a.m. FR 70 is icy in spots but overall not bad. I only white knuckled once. I had the trail all to myself till I was coming back, only one other soul out today. It was 28 degrees when I started. I packed along my snowshoes but didn’t need them. If I hadn’t packed them it would have dumped

Backcountry

Shape Up »

It’s winter.

For many of us that means far fewer miles and mountains hiked. But, with holiday goodies tempting us and a New Year’s Resolution for hik- ing even more next year, it is important to keep those legs in shape through the winter. Take this advice and you’ll be ready to go when spring rolls around:

  • Buy some water-

proof socks and don’t stop hiking! There are many great lowland hikes that stay snow-free most of the winter. Check WTA’s trip reports if you need suggestions.

  • Take up snow-

shoeing! There’s a whole new world of trails out there open to snowshoe- ing. If you don’t have snowshoes, just rent a pair and give it a try.

  • Stuck indoors?

One word... Stairs!

  • Wendy Wheeler

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