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I’ve mentioned here and there that I hit around 586 miles of hiking from August 6 2014 – August 6 2015. Last year was the first time I ever hiked more than 6 miles. Ever.

300 miles were in Appalachian Trail Sections and most of the other 286 were in the Pacific Northwest (and most of those were done in the Olympic Mountains).

Im writing about the whole experience, slowly (using tons of emails during the AT hikes as the core), but I thought folks would appreciate having an idea of where I’ve been in summary form. If nothing else, putting this here helps keep the history and experiences straight in my head.

The first section of this post is a hike location/distance summary and the second section is an alphabetized list of the trails I’ve been on – including links to any pictures I have, any official information online, and brief trip notes on my part.

I also wrote up a Medium piece HERE on a recent hike and it sort of sums up how I feel about being out here in general – and has some gorgeous pictures of what is, essentially, my backyard :)

Enjoy.

Distance Summary

MILES HIKE STATE
300 Appalachian Trail NA
32 Enchanted Valley 1 WA
26 Enchanted Valley 2 WA
21 7 Lake Basin/High
Divide
WA
20.4 Thunder Creek WA
19.4 Hoh River Trail WA
15 Shi Shi Beach 1 WA
14 Upper Lena Lake WA
11.5 Marmot Pass WA
9 Surprise Lake WA
8.2 Dickerman WA
8.2 Ollalie/Talapus Lakes WA
8 Shi Shi Beach 2 WA
8 Yellowstone WY
7.5 Blanca Lake WA
7.4 Beckler Peak WA
7.2 Snow Lake 1 WA
7.2 Snow Lake 2 WA
6.4 Looking Glass Rock NC
6 Huntoon Point
Snowshoe
WA
6 Oyster Dome WA
6 South Lost Lake WA
5.4 Mt Plchuck (all) WA
5 Calypso Trail MT
4.6 Heather Lake WA
4 Mt Pilchuck (half) WA
4 Tiger Mountain #3 WA
4 Trillium Lake
Snowshoe
OR
3 Art Loeb Trail NC
2.4 Cresent Beach Trail OR

Details

(All visible pictures and all linked pictures are mine, save “Looking Glass”.  “ON” Denotes “Over Night Trip”)

7 Lake Basin/High Divide (Sol Duc Start, ON at Hoh Lake)

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/seven-lakes-basin

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157655624635779

Notes: We started out at Sol Duc, didn’t see much the first day – heavy clouds. Descended to Hoh Lake for the night – saw my first west coast bear! – then back up and around to Sol Duc. Jogged the last few miles; loved it. Would like to head back on clearer days. Im trying to wake up early enough one day to run the whole 18 mile loop in a single day.

7lakesbasin

Appalachian Trail Sections (VA, NC, TN)

Info:

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/collections/72157657260626905/

Notes: Full narrative is still being edited. List of sections can be found based on album names in Flickr collection above.

appalachiantrail

 

Art Loeb Trail (Small Section, NC)

Info: http://www.hikewnc.info/trailheads/pisgah-national-forest/long-distance/art-loeb-trail/

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/albums/72157657035518922

Notes: Just a quick get-out-and-hike-hike post-AT

artloeb

 Beckler Peak

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/beckler-peak

My Pictures: None (Surprisingly?)

Notes: Easy trail for a cool view at the top. A Meetup.com hike. Not sure where my pictures of this are…

 

Blanca Lake

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/blanca-lake

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157656647847278

Notes: Seriously the coolest lake I’ve ever been to – and coldest I’ve ever swam in. Amazing place, tough hike, loved it. Go if you can!

blanca

 

Calypso Trail (MT)

 Info: http://visitmt.com/listings/general/b-l-m-trail/calypso-trail.html

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157656643589080

Notes: Driving from DC to Seattle. Found this middle-of-nowhere trail right off the highway. One of the loneliest feeling places I’ve ever been…in a good way. Might have been a bit dumb driving my crappy Jeep Liberty over that bridge you see in the pictures. Alone. Twice.

calypso

 

Crescent Beach Trail (OR)

Info: http://alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/crescent-beach-trail

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157650073411488

Notes: Another short hike, 90 miles west of Portland. Was my first trip to a beach you can only get to by hiking. Gorgeous beach, gorgeous day. Was held up for awhile by quite a few mountain goats taking their time munching on the trail.

crescentbeach

 

Mt. Dickerman

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-dickerman

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157652514230984

Notes: Last hike of the Meetup.com fitness series I was a part of. One of my favorite hikes in Washington so far, but 4000 feet-ish in 4-miles-ish makes you work for it. Still – outstanding alpine meadows, wildflowers, and amazing views.

 dickerman

Enchanted Valley (Twice, ON)

 Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchanted-valley

My Pictures (First Trip): https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157653404525548

My Pictures (Second Trip): https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157655624635779

Notes: Pics have multiple hikes mixed in them. I’ve Overnighted this trip twice. The first time, the Valley was closed so we stayed at Pyrites campsite then hiked most of the way to O’Neil Trail Junction before finding a bridge out. We turned around and headed back to Pyrites, then back to the TH the third day. The second trip we stayed in O’Neil Creek on night 1 then the Valley night 2, where we saw a bear fairly up close. My foot went out, so we ended up not going further again. I will get up that mountain to Anderson Glacier!

enchantedvalley 

Heather Lake

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/heather-lake-1

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157649754945494

Notes: Cute Lake. Pretty easy lake to hike to. Recommend J

heatherlake

 

Hoh Rain Forest River Trail (to Olympic Ranger Station, ON)

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/hoh-river-elk-lake

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157654176106783

Notes: Hikes through the Hoh Rainforest in a one-nighter. Stayed at the Olympic Ranger station, but made it another ¾ mile or so – and that last ¾ mile absolutely made the whole hike worth it.. Some of the prettiest, most magical, scenes I’ve ever been in. A walk through an enchanted tunnel with a couple of deer was particularly surreal. As were the faeries that came out of the log.

 hoh

Huntoon Point (Snowshoe via Artist’s Point)

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/huntoon-point

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157651366650818

Notes: This was my first “real” snowshoe and it was hard! But I was with some Mountaineers and our group was the one that didn’t turn around. Good for us because I’ve never ever been in such grand, amazing surroundings. Certainly not in the snow; too much Florida in my youth. Some of the best pictures Ive taken of the outdoors – they’re glorious.

baker

 

Looking Glass Rock (NC)

Info: http://www.romanticasheville.com/looking_glass.htm

My Pictures: Somewhere, still looking, so here are someone else’s:

http://www.main.nc.us/naturenotebook/hikes/pix/lookingglassrock.JPG

Notes: This was a quick fun post-AT hike while I was decompressing in Asheville (go AirBnB!). Cool looking mountain-stub-rounded-cliff-face-thing.

 

Marmot Pass (ON)

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/marmot-pass-upper-big-quilcene

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157649736351794

Notes: Led an overnight Meetup trip myself with a couple of guys I didn’t know. Got there earlier than expected and it was colder than expected. Not as cool as I thought it would be, although it was certainly gorgeous. On my list to return to this summer to go explore some of the connecting trails.

 marmot

Ollalie/Talapus Lakes

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/talapus-lake

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157648770946943

Notes: One of the Meetup.com fitness series hikes. Snow. :)

 talollielakes

Oyster Dome (Most)

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/oyster-dome

My Pictures: None

Notes: Didn’t quite make it to the top; it was terrible weather and nothing to see. We could’ve kept going, we just didn’t care. One of the Meetup.com fitness series hikes.

 

Mt. Pilchuck (Twice)

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/mount-pilchuck

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157653404525548

Notes: First trip I only made it about 2/3 of the way up. It was a fitness-building hike, I had 30lbs on by back, and hadn’t slept in almost a week. The second time I came back with my sister and her boyfriend and made it to the top and it was a lot easier and more fun than the first time (note: not the lookout, I didn’t feel up to scrambling)

 pilchuck

Shi Shi Beach (Twice)

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/north-shi-shi-access

My Pictures (first trip): https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157650798832336

My Pictures (second trip): https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157655624635779

Notes: First time was a meetup hike – my first in Washington State! We ended up walking back and forth along the beach several times – plus bushwhacked down a very old mining path to a lake deep into the woods (hence the trip length). TONS of coastal life everywhere. Second trip was with a friend and we spent a lot of time watching Seals.

 shishi

Snow Lake (Twice: Winter Snow, Summer Dry)

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/snow-lake-1

My Pictures (snow trip): https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/albums/72157650597387518

My Pictures (summer trip): https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157656212384548

Notes: Did Snow Lake twice. The first time was in the winter in snow with microspikes. It was actually pretty easy – deceptively so. Going back, I took a first time hiker (old friend) who had a pretty tough time with the trail; it was way rockier and exposed to sun and heat than I remembered

snowlake

South Lost Lake (Not) 

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/south-lost-lake-trail

My Pictures: None

Notes: I actually don’t know where we ended up hiking; our hike leader couldn’t find the right trailhead. J Lost Lake remained lost.

 

Surprise Lake

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/surprise-lake-1

My Pictures: None

Notes: I’ve been told I was on this hike. I don’t remember it. Wait…I think it rained. A lot. Till we were soaked through our heaviest rain gear. Ugh. This is why I try not to remember it.

 

Thunder Creek (Far, ON)

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/thunder-creek-1

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157652334533772

Notes: Not as many classically scenic viewpoints as many other hikes, but it was really enjoyable – both the scenery and company. (I led several Meetup folks on this trip.)  We went past the standard WTA hike, but I cant quite recall where we stopped, except it was about 10.2 miles in. We didn’t do 4th of July pass or whatever.

 thunder

Tiger Mountain #3

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/west-tiger-3

My Pictures: Totally not worth it

Notes: Just a training hike alone. It was boring as sin. Got a decent distance up then just stopped and came back.

 

Trillium Lake Snowshoe

Info: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mthood/null/recarea/?recid=53514&actid=91

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/albums/72157657342434570

Notes: This was a super easy snowshoe that I really screwed up and almost died during. It was flat and sunny out when I left, but I wore jeans, didn’t have a headlamp, and didn’t have a map – it was a circle after all – and it was my first snowshoe ever. It rained. Then it snowed. And it was getting dark. I was getting really cold and there were two exit options, both far, and one led to my car. I guessed and picked right.

trillium 

Upper Lena Lake

Info: http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/upper-lena-lake

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157653060933235

Notes: I almost died on this hike; really close. Fell off a ledge/stream/waterfall. Was inches from falling 40 feet.. landed 4 feet down instead. Beautiful area, but still feel sketch about going back. If it’s been wet out in the area, several areas are pretty tough. Went with two friends.

 lena

Yellowstone (Somewhere?)

Info:NA

My Pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sintixerr/sets/72157653404525548

Notes: A random hike in Yellowstone. Was pretty, but the PNW has this particular hike beat on all accounts, even if the threat of grizzlies does add an edge. We did see 10’s of prairie dogs in one area and some geese being hysterical. Oh..and a lone wolf! Was with my sister and her boyfriend.

 yellowstone

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