Mt. Washington Hike, 5/14/2016
This is the first time ever that I went on a hike with people where I was the only one in the party who had ever done it. Laura went on it with me back in March of 2010 but there was too much snow.
Here is my GPS track:
I call this hike the "anti-Si". It has about the same dimensions (length, elevation) and it's in the same general location but it's on the other side of I-90. It's a little hard to find the trailhead and there is usually more snow since it is a north facing slope. Perhaps this is why the number of people on it is something like a 10th of what you'd see going up Mt. Si on any given day.
It starts steep and in the trees but at about 1.6 miles up is a clearing known as "Owl Hike Spot" (click any photo to make it bigger)
It's got a nice rock bench to hang out on. This shot almost looks like it was taken inside but it's natural light. It's just an enclosed area.
The photographer had a dog and I think that is what I was looking at instead of looking at the camera.
The weather was cloudy and it dripped on us the whole day but it wasn't too bad and it made for dramatic skies
Here's our group coming up over the ridge on the final push to the summit.
Behind us there is Chester Morse Lake, the reservoir the supplies much of Seattle's water. You can see the dam in this shot on the far right.
To the north you can see Interstate 90 and beyond it Mt Si.
To the south we even got a peek at Mt. Rainier
How about a dramatic cloud shot?
I was told that this is "Hike like a Girl" day. I don't know if I was hiking like a girl but I was available with a camera to commemorate the occasion.
The rain picked up as we got to the bottom and the clouds dropped down. By the time we were back at the car it was pretty gloomy. I think we picked the right time to go.
cc: @laura, @laurie.wasson.hill, @seattlenvj