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Destination: The great Unknown

Peak Summited2020 Mount Pilchuck
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMt Pilchuck
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a partner
Road ConditionsRoad recommended for high clearance only
Bug StatusBugs were an annoyance
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

After the final treacherous 5 miles of abysmally deep crater-like pot holes, and 45 minutes later (driving carefully as if I was wheeling on the edge of a cliff in a truck, however, only in my sedan) …. we started the hike around 930. I brought my nice camera and because the trail was so beautiful, I was stopping frequently to capture pictures of the scenery, staircases, and the challenging trail that laid before us. This turned out to provide adequate time for rest as we worked our way up the mountainside. The hike was a perfect mix of terrain, and I enjoyed the challenge the rocks presented. The summit was beautiful, although we hiked our a somewhat overcast day, or perhaps it was just the time we summitted as it looked like it may have cleared up by the afternoon. We stayed at the top ~45-60min; ate lunch, adjusted our socks and boots, and got some photo-ops. The way down was a little harder on the knees and had to be careful of the rocks with my frail ankles (getting old here). The whole trek was about 5.5-6 hours. We enjoyed our time and went at a medium pace. Normally I try to go faster, but I enjoyed the leisurely pace this time. The views were gorgeous the whole way. I would do this again…. preferably driving in with a truck next time though.

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