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Snowy Granite Mountain

Trail was in great shape for the most part. Hit snow about halfway up in the meadow before the last climb and fresh powder was…

Windy Mailbox

Extremely high winds today. To the point where I had to brace myself or stop so I didn’t get blown over in the boulder field…

Mount Pilchuck and Mushroom Hunting

Trail was wet from some recent snow melting and rain, but overcast skies. Plenty of mushrooms to find. 3rd time up, but it’s a fun…

Mt. Ellinor

And we’re done! Cool hike with some interesting views along the way. I wish I would’ve done it in the summer to still have the…

St. Helen’s

The last 500 feet is some of the most grueling hiking I’ve done, but it was worth a summit beer and the breathtaking views up…

Mount Saint Helens

Beautiful day!  We got lucky with the weather and had a great hike to the summit.  Going down was faster but much more difficult (so…

Camp Muir- Carvass Crazy

Solo hike to Camp Muir only saw a few others in the upper area all day.  No real pathway showing the route so I got…

Mount Saint Helens Sunrise

Started at 1:45 am. Made good progress through the woods but got slowed down route finding through the boulder field in the dark. It’s much…

Mt St Helen’s

Shitchya!!! This was the most challenging hike of them all and we completed it!! It was a gorgeous day! Views were stunning and the feeling…

Hold onto your poles!

Whew! This was a worthy hike with many challenges. The beginning started off like a lovely stroll through the forest on a well groomed trail…

Mt Ellinor

Beautiful morning on the trail, the trail is amazing lots of stairs. The views are incredible.

Too many people

I guess you don’t have to love all the hikes and that’s how I feel about this one. The road despite being in a lifted…

Camp Muir

Good weather, the trail was paved the first mile and gravel the next 1.5 miles. Then it gets tricky. You have snowfields and glacier’s also…

Camp Muir

Good weather, the trail was paved the first mile and gravel the next 1.5 miles. Then it gets tricky. You have snowfields and glacier’s also…

Mount Ellinor

Beautiful hike!  Pretty crowded.  The upper section is really hard, but the views today were STUNNING!

Craters and goats

Yesterday was slightly cloudy. It left the views limited causing us only to be able to see into the crater. The hike up to the…

Stairway To Misty Heaven

Peak 5 is in the books! We gained over 2300 feet in just over 2 miles on #mtellinor. This trail was highly trafficked, well marked,…

Mt Elinor

My Elinor is a beautiful trail. It was misty and foggy all the way up so we didn’t get the views. Would definitely do this…

Mount Ellinor via Upper Ridge Trail

Probably one of the most beautiful hikes. Really glad I did the shorter version because it was getting really hot out by the time we…

Camp Muir

We avoided the smoke and heat for a gorgeous but grueling hike to Camp Muir.  Not much glissading, and the heat made the snow super…

Camp Muir

Boy is this one painful. Between the elevation sickness and burning in your quads, you really earn those views.

Hills of the rainbow

Very well maintained trail, overcast with light drizzle for a very short time and sunny on our descent. When you first start the climb into…

Hills of the rainbow

Very well maintained trail, overcast with light drizzle for a very short time and sunny on our descent. When you first start the climb into…

Toads to Rocks to Rim

We saw 9 toads of all things, a beautiful sunrise, lots of rocks and rising sulfur, and made it home in time to watch our…

Mimosas at Muir

Headed up with a group early on Tuesday morning. This is a hot, full exposure hike so we wanted to get going before the sun.…

Granite Mountain

It was hot and muggy, especially on the lower part of the trail.  The bugs were annoying, but mostly just if we stopped for a…

Playing on Pilchuck

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”…

Granite Rising

It was so refreshing to hike with Lucie, a friend I met through the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. She’s an avid traveler, hiker, and inspiration,…

Mount Ellinor

Another stunning hike & my last in the six-pack. Recommend starting from the lower trailhead to experience a really awesome section of forest and work…

Granite Mountain

Fantastic sunny day with great panorama views! One of the best lookouts to see Mt. Rainier in all of its glory

Granite Mountain

This is a really nice hike. The trailhead is easily accessible by any car. The first half of the hike is forested the second half…

Mount Pilchuck

The last trip report was filed four days ago, and the road up to the trailhead is still terrible. I drove up in the ol’…

Mailbox Peak

I told my dad, a grizzled old mountaineer, that I was doing this hike and he questioned my sanity. The old trail is no joke…

Pilchuck

Pilchuck was fairly busy when I arrived at the trailhead, but there were still spaces to park. I saw many friendly people on the way…

Granite Mountain

This was my first time hiking in the beautiful PNW and I couldn’t have asked for a better summit to start with. Started off early…

Peninsula Panorama

I started hiking at 3:45pm. Parking lot at the Lower Trailhead was half full. Beautiful, gradual uphill through the woods with intermittent views of Lake…

Foggy day on Ellinor

I reached the lower trailhead around 12:00. It was nearly full but I was able to squeeze in on the side. The hike up starts…

Walking in the clouds

This is a beautiful hike. The road up is rough. It was cloudy at the top so we didn’t get the views but the lookout…

If Pilchuck could chuck wood

A true PNW hike through the mist, this was a well marked trail with a little bit of everything – covered, open, rocks, mud, roots,…

Camp Muir

After night camping at Ohanapecosh campground, we have arrived at Paradise parking lot around 7am on not too busy Friday. Paradise have been soaked in…

Gorgeous hike to the top

This was a beautiful hike. It was also very challenging. Took the old trail up and down. It was a journey not a race. Shaded…

You’ve Got Mail

We read you got to choose your poison with Old vs New Trail. Old Trail = straight up, New Trail = twice the distance but…

Mount Pilchuck

Wonderful views, be prepared to scramble to the top.

Mount Pilchuck

Great hike. Really enjoyed the rocky terrain and light bouldering. I think this is the “easiest” of the six but only because it’s shorter. It…

Holy Boulder Steps

We were fortunate to find a parking spot later in the morning but it was full down the road. Get there early! Trail is well…

Granite Mountain Lookout

Hiking poles will help. Do not follow All Trails map at the top or you will Boulder a large chunk and it’s sketchy  go around…

Mount Pilchuck

The road is always terrible, but the trail is beautiful!  There are a few snow patches, but they’re easy to pass.  The tower is open…

Best 360 view in the PNW!

Beware of the road! We punctured a tire on our way in, which made for a really challenging drive home.

Granite Mountain Lookout

Summer route is open! Wildflowers in bloom. Some bugs but not too bothersome. Lots of switchbacks to earn the amazing views. Some snow at the…

Granite Mountain

The weather was amazing, well marked trail. I felt pretty good considering I did Mt Pilchuck the day before. There were a lot of bitting…

Mt Pilchuck

Pleasant hike, the lookout tower was just being open. The views are incredible, the trail is marked well.

Mount Saint Helens Summit

It took 5 hours to reach the top. Lots of scrambling. Use gloves. Pack rain pants so you can glissade down and save some time…

Cloud Camp

** This hike to Camp Muir was part of a larger summit attempt on Mount Rainier. ** I started the hike on Monday, July 5th…

Mt St Helens

Started at 6am and finished in 5 hours. Some lower cloud cover in areas, but we were above it once we got close to the…

Breathtaking Mountain Views

Weather was absolutely gorgeous!! Trail was snow covered right off the bat, with bare spots. The meadows were gorgeous and we saw many marmots among…

Camp Muir

It was a beautiful blue bird day!! Snow covered some parts of the lower trail and completely covered on the upper part which is to…

Outstanding Olympics

Fun hike with only one good-sized snowfield to cross. First summit in the Olympics.

Epic!!!!

It was ridiculously hot but couldn’t have asked for a better day. Snow starts at the parking lot and is pretty consistent all the way…

Mt. Pilchuck winter route

We have ventured to Mount Pilchuck again this year in June, as we very much enjoy hiking the trail in snow. The road to the…

Day Hike | Granite Mountain

This would be my third time up Granite Mountain. And it’s always a great mountain to hike up. I’m sure a lot of people are…

Scrambling Granite Mountain

Trekking poles were helpful. For sure know how to scramble when you get near the top because the main trail is covered in snow and…

The hard hike to no view!

Mailbox is always tough. You forget what a pain in the ass going up the Old trail is until you start doing it. We got…

Mt. Ellinor Winter Route

Today was the day for Mt. Ellinor! Never did the winter route so was reading quite a bit of trip reports beforehand so we are…

Mount Saint Helens

Summited Helens on a sunny Friday. Car camped in the parking lot the night before to get an early start (4:00 AM) and reached the…

Granite Mountain

Memorial Day on Granite Mountain. Got to the parking lot at 7:30am, still a lot of empty spots. First few miles in the forest are…

Whalebox Peak

Sunday May 30th, we have ventured again on Mailbox Peak, as the new mailbox have just been installed. Started around 6:30am, parked at the lower…

Mount Rainier

Snow the entire way and it was warm. Started early so snow was solid until we started coming back down. Such a challenging, yet awesome…

Birds in the clouds

It was a overcast day but so grateful for the dry weather and to see the famous “mailbox!” As we started our venture we  saw…

Camp Muir

First trip up to Muir on a sunny Saturday morning. It’s a grind for sure: all uphill in the snow in mid-May right from the…

Mt Ellinor aint a snore

Started at the lower Trailhead as it was recommended by most other trip reports. Very beautiful hike through the woods. Loved looking at all the…

Camp Muir (and Then Some)

I “hiked” Camp Muir as part of an attempted climb up Mount Rainier. My friend Jason and I had booked a guided climb through International…

Cloudy with a Chance of Mailbox

I waited for a good weather window to hike Mailbox Peak when there would be a view. Sunday’s forecast called for partly cloudy/ sun starting…

Mailbox Peak

This was my third time at Mailbox.  My first attempt was cut short after the talus field due to heat exhaustion.  I reclaimed the summit…

Beautiful day on the mountain

Drove from Seattle on Friday 4/16 and camped at Eagle Cliff campground, about 30 mins from the TH. On Saturday 4/17 we got up at…

Mount St. Helens Hike

Mount St. Helens was amazing!  Made it to the summit but it was brutal with the high winds.  Tried to snowboard down three different times…

Mailbox Peak

Hiked old trail up, new trail down. This trail tested me, especially with the current snowy conditions which made it an extra slog going up…

Your package has been delivered!

The Mailbox is about four feet down in a hole in the snow, which made for fun pictures! We were the first ones to summit…

Mailbox Peak

The old mailbox peak trail is rough and strenuous, but I loved the challenge. We went on a socked in morning so it was cold…

MT. Ash hole

We did winter route (wormflow), it was a perfect climbing day the sun was out and there was no wind. I felt good until the…

Snowy St Helen’s Summit

Gorgeous day to Summit Mt St Helen’s! As expected, it was a snow covered trail from the start and we used crampons above 4,800 feet.…

Hello? Can You Hear Me Now?

The infamous Mailbox Peak. I’ve hiked the old trail before so today I wanted to experience the new trail. It’s nothing fancy; I hiked a…

Mailbox peak

It was not bad to start out in the heavy trees weather was cold. The higher we got wind started picking up, noticed the tree…

Mailbox Peak

Took the new trail for an 11.2 mile round trip hike. The last little bit was very mentally exhausting but totally worth it to get…

Terrifying Mailbox

Decided to take new trail up and down as old trail sounded just out of my expertise. Majorityf the way up was absolutely beautiful, enjoyed…