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Old 08-17-2016, 07:45 PM   #16
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Oh, and articles like THIS don't help when many of them are within an easy afternoon's drive from here...

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Old 08-18-2016, 10:49 AM   #17
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:12 PM   #18
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:21 PM   #19
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re: no tent. do you find you get bothered by bugs often? how about dew (when its not raining)?

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Old 08-18-2016, 12:43 PM   #20
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The no tent thing was a first for me, and I really liked it. There's some awesome bug repellents out there now, including a product that you spray on your clothes, gear, sleeping bag, etc days ahead of time and it works (supposedly) for weeks. Things were fairly buggy during the trip, but I found they mostly left me alone.

Dew and condensation not really an issue. I think that since for the most part you're warmer than your environment, it doesn't build up to any appreciable degree.
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:54 PM   #24
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My Keen steel toe work boots. . I should get something lighter or better at some point, but I wear these 10-12 hours a day anyway and know they fit.

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Old 09-02-2016, 05:32 PM   #25
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The I-90 corridor is the quickest and easiest route from Seattle to the mountains, and as such, it's many easily accessibly trails, lakes, and hills are often an absolute circus on a summer weekend. If you keep pushing a little further into up the trail, however, the wilderness quickly returns.

Lila and Rampart Lakes are an 11 mile hike in from a Forest Service road. Ignore the Start tag here, I only ran tracking on the way back down.



The trail commences through a heavily wooded canyon, with only brief glimpses up through the canopy at the climb ahead. Mostly we enjoyed the quiet of the old-growth woods in this area, one of many that have never been logged out.



A few miles in and the gently rolling climb becomes more serious rather quickly.



We pass Rachel Lake, swarming equally with mosquitoes and day-hikers with their music and dogs and yoga pants and celebratory selfies. Continuing up the ridge after a very brief break, the views quickly begin to reward the effort.



Another couple miles and we come into sight of Lila Lake, on the upper right where it says START on the map above.



We set up camp on the peninsula on the far side of the lake. There are a few other campers scattered around the shore, but few enough that we each have a good measure of solitude and privacy.



I learn how to light our new stove.



I jump in the lake because I'm an idiot.



And we settle in for a quiet evening.



Shifty weather through the night left us wondering what daylight would bring, but it cleared nicely just after dawn and we headed out to our second destination, a social cluster of lakes collectively known as the Ramparts.

Wildflowers guide our path along the ridge.





And we reach the lakes by mid-morning, well ahead of all but the fastest trail runners coming up from the trailhead far below.





And after wandering about the lakes for a wonderful couple of hours, we make our way back down to the crowded paths in the lower canyon, and return home to plan our next adventure.

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Old 09-02-2016, 08:08 PM   #26
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WOW looks like a GREAT TIME what a terrific adventure, I wish I had a camera when we were young.
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We now interrupt the steady stream of forest and lake pictures to go climb a mountain...

We're using an app called Gaia GPS for tracking our progress during hikes, it collects and outputs a fantastic amount of data, exportable as .gpx or .kml files that can be pulled into any number of mapping or imaging applications. Google Earth is a favorite, of course.



Labor Day weekend is normally kind of a zoo on the trails around here, but we had a significant storm system roll through Thursday and Friday, scaring a lot of people off. We wake up at 0300 Saturday morning to make the 5 hour drive to the ranger station and then trailhead. Our first real view of the mountain greets us from the field near Trout Lake...



Trail starts out easy enough, although the morning fog is chilly and the remnants of a massive fire last year are everywhere.



Not long before we're above the burn zone, and nearing treeline.



Into the realm of a few hardy flowers growing amongst the rocks, and an occasional mountain goat



And then onto the snow. We stop to strap spikes and crampons onto our boots, and proceed up the snowfield.



The clouds thicken and the views are amazing as we climb.



We arrive at Lunch Counter, a large flat-ish area at 9,600 feet that is commonly used as base camp for a morning summit push. We rest for the evening, having climbed some four thousand feet to this point, and acclimate to the elevation.



Morning dawns clear, but the clouds to the east are ominous in their beauty. We spot climbers on the ridge, silhouetted against the fiery sky.



First light touches Mt. St. Helens off to the west as our shadow falls across the landscape below.



Breakfast, coffee, break camp, and up we go

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Old 09-07-2016, 09:55 AM   #29
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The clouds roll back in and we're again in 50-100 feet of visibility, and now have no idea how much further to the top of the climb. I was in a t-shirt minutes before this picture, had to stop and layer up quickly as the temperature dropped.



Which way?

Up!



We finally reach the false summit, Pikers' Peak, and shuck off our packs in exhaustion. We're not acclimated to the altitude, 11,500' here, and although we're in fairly good condition, this is HARD.



The weather seems determined to continue, and we decide to park here, rest, and make a summit push in the morning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjPSUYkP4aw


youtu.be/WjPSUYkP4aw



And then, two hours later, the clouds break, the sky lifts, and we're rewarded for all our efforts.







The decision was tough, whether to push the last 700' to the summit or rest overnight, but we didn't feel 100% safe moving forward. It all came down to lack of adequate conditioning at this point. We decide to hold here and go for it in the morning. Sunset was absolutely magical.





We tuck in for the evening, and about midnight the winds pick up again. The tent hums and rattles through the night, we're comfortable and secure inside but conditions outside don't sound good for finishing our climb. Daybreak gives us this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aqru3jG1-A


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Not going up against that. Dammit. Pack up, get a quick picture, and head down the hill.



We will be back...



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