Solo Hike to Lake 22


I’m going to start off my attempt at getting back into blogging with a (mild) adventure.


I’ve been wanting to hike to Lake 22 here for a while, but it just wasn’t happening. So I decided to make it my fourth solo hike!

It was a winter hike (and the WTA website warns of avalanche danger) so I packed a lot of extra safety gear. Including food and water, my pack was about about 20% of my bodyweight. But hey, that’s all training weight, right? (For real though, I need to figure out how to get my packweight down. I’m petite though which doesn’t help.)

I told my mom what time to expect to hear back from me, but I did my math wrong which meant that I had a very frustrating hike I didn’t know I’d be able to finish for the first hour or so. I was so annoyed at myself and at the lack of cell-phone signal to tell her that I wanted/needed more time. I did the math though and figured out that my turn around time had to be 12:15 p.m. Wherever I was at that point, I needed to head back.

I booked it up that mountain-I passed so many people! Somehow (I ate a snack while I walked) I made it to the top with time to spare! There was snow at the top so I pulled out my poles but didn’t need my micro-spikes.

I checked the time, it was about noon. I wanted to loop the lake, but again wasn’t sure I had time. I decided to try it though and see how far around the lake I was in 10 minutes. Sure enough, I was halfway around it in time so I was able to loop it.

It would have been kinda nice (but kinda cold) to stay at the top, relax, have lunch, but I didn’t have time for that. I headed straight back down and again passed lots of people going down.

I made it to the car with a few minutes to spare but was still 30 minutes from cell-service. Worst case scenario I figured I’d stop and ask to use a phone at a local business but I made it!

I’ve never wished for a 1-2 way satellite messaging device more than I did on that hike. I carry a personal locator beacon, but it would have been nice to have some way to tell my mom “Hey, I’m fine, don’t call the rescue team. I’m just taking longer.”

Looking back, I think in the future I’ll be more careful about my math and give myself some extra time to hang out and relax. I’m so glad I was able to finish the hike though, and I did it in record time!

6.6 miles with 1,400 ft of elevation gain and a pack that weighed 20% of my body weight in 2 hours and 40 minutes! It was a record for me and I’m proud of it.

What’s one of your prouder hikes?


2018 Christmas Tree Hunt

I’ve always been lucky enough to have a live tree at Christmas. As a child, we would go to a u-cut farm, pick out our tree, and take it home to decorate. As an adult, I was excited to do the same in this apartment.

The day I was going to get mine from the u-cut farm I remembered that if you have a permit, you can go out to National Forest Lands to get a tree. After some furious researching, I found out where we could get it and where we could go! (We ended up going to Baker-Snoqualmie near Enumclaw, Washington.) They sell a limited number of permits each year, so we were lucky there were permits left. (I’m betting they’re just about out if they aren’t already as I write this two days later.)

Because I still wanted to get a hike in, we went to Greenwater Lake, a short and easy hike recommended by the ranger. Then we took our permit and our map and ended up in a place where we could find a tree! I was determined to get one where it was snowy, so we drove until we found it. We were blessed with a beautiful day.

We could have easily gotten a tree at a lower elevation where the terrain was easier and there wasn’t snow to deal with, but we made an adventure out of it!

I’m so glad I remembered this was possible. It’s going to be my new tradition. I’d highly recommend doing it yourself. I know I’ll be sure to get a permit again next year!

Birthday Hike to Twin Falls

I've been lucky enough to be able to hike on my last two birthdays; I'm hoping to make it a tradition! This year I met with one of my best friends to hike.

We met at Twin Falls in Washington state. (I finally got a photo of my newish car on a hike!)

It was one of those days this summer where it was about 95 degrees Fahrenheit all day but had cooled down to about 89 by the time the hike started. The hike was great, not too difficult, and we finished just after sunset. I'm thinking I need to make a bigger habit out of hiking after work from here on out; it's just too much fun!

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Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

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I learned a new phrase "Type 2 Fun." Type 2 Fun isn't actually fun while it's happening, but when you're looking back on it, it was fun. 

I seem to have a lot of Type 2 Fun with one of my friends. Now that I think about it, I'm having trouble coming up with something that isn't that way with him...

We started our drive down to Oregon 2 hours late, and 4 hours later than I wanted to start. So at about noon, we began what was a four drive.

After arriving at the trailhead at 4 p.m., we started our hike. Let me tell you, this was a fantastic hike. I was the one slowing us down. I wanted to go look at each and every waterfall. I went down side trails, I lingered, it was all on me. 

But you wouldn't believe the waterfalls.

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We left the hike, got to Portland around 9:30-10:00 p.m., got dinner, and left the restaurant around 12:30 a.m. Too tired to drive any further, we spent the night in Olympia, WA. 

There's more to the story, but you can tell from what I've told you that it wasn't the best planned trip (Ahem, J.) But we had fun and I'm so glad we went!

What's been one of your crazier hiking stories?

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Hike to Little Mashel Falls

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On the last day of 2017, and apparently the last day of hunting season, we went hiking to Little Mashel Falls in Pack Forest near Eatonville, WA. Most of the hike is done on a dirt and gravel logging road, so it's not very scenic, but the waterfall at the end was beautiful!

The sunlight coming through the mist created magic. It wasn't too crowded at the falls, we had a few minutes to ourselves before the next group of hikers came in, and it was definitely a hike worth doing and a good last hike of 2017.

I haven't been able to hike as much in 2018 as I would have liked, but hopefully that will change soon! What's a hike you've enjoyed this year?

Tolmie State Park

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I haven't had a chance to get out hiking much this year, but I was able to end last year, and start this one, with two hikes! When my best friend was in town we drove down to Olympia to hike Tolmie State Park. Besides the fact that it was really muddy, it was a very simple walk through the woods, but beautiful nonetheless. Another local hike/walk I've been meaning to do is the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. It's been a while since I've been out and I can't wait to get out again!

What's been your favorite hike so far this year?

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Angel Falls

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Recently a friend and I hiked to Angel Falls. We started really late, and from a different trailhead than the main one, so we only made it to Angel Falls and missed Curtain Falls. The bridges had been taken out for the season, and the trail was washed out at one point, but with agility, trekking poles, and waterproof boots, we made it!

Angel Falls was pretty, and it all made for a good workout, but it was a bummer to not make it to Curtain Falls as well. I'm planning on going back at some point to see them both.

Do you have any waterfalls you like to hike to?

Solo Hike to Little Si

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Solo hike number two was to Little Si. I hadn't done it, or Mt. Si, before, and wanted to do something new. So I packed up my stuff and headed out. It wasn't as crowded as I was expecting it to be in November, but there were a fair amount of people. It's also not as remote as I expected it to be. See the houses behind me at the first viewpoint?

But it was still a nice hike and a decent day for it! Seeing Mt. Si from the top of Little Si was amazing. And I even saw some rock climbers attempting to get to the top of Little Si!

Do you have any hikes you'd reccomend for a solo hike?