The Year In Review
The year 2002 was a very good hiking year. I knew
that I would have to spend many weekends house building
. The metal roof is nearly finished and in 2003 I should
be able to spend a little more time hiking. All in all, it was a very
interesting experience. I took 12 completely new trips this past year
and hiked the Tiger Mountain Trail end to end for the first time. I had
hiked every bit of the trail but not in one day. I had my first hike in
the California Sierra Mountains near Lake Tahoe. I also took my first mountain
bike/hiking trip. 2002 also saw more skiing/snowshoeing combination trips.
Below I have a month by month review of the year 2002.
The hiking year started slowly as I took off one weekend for
a visit to Clyde and Mary in Phoenix. Having 65 degree days in January was
a small price to pay for missing some hiking. I only had 3 trips this month,
2 skiing and a one way hike over West Tiger Mountain with Gary.
An unusual February as I only skied one time. Two hikes and
a snowshoe scramble rounded out the month. The long 14 miles slog up
was the highlight as I ran into Myron for the first time in about
March was very good as I hiked 71 miles in 8 trips. The 13,200' gained
was also very good for Winter. Three great trips this month. My first
snowshoe trip to Kendall Point, the bump to the north of the Kendall Peak
Lakes Road. I sat on top in bright sunshine for several hours. Gary led
me on a loop trip from
near Blewett (Swauk) Pass. We had road and off-trail skiing plus
a snowshoe scramble up Point 5969, which we at first thought was Table
Mountain. The wind at the top was howling and our stay was short. The overall
trip was great and I can't wait to do it again. The third great trip was
from the Narada Falls trailhead. A tremendous amount of new snow
April had 3 memorable trips. The first was
. I did this trip with the Mountaineers. I have wanted to hike out
to the lighthouse for years but just never got around to it. With the
ferry ride it is a long and fairly expensive day hike. Having a car full
of Mountaineers cut the cost significantly. Spring is a great time to
do this hike as the waves are large and the crowds are smaller. On that
day the Sequim rain shadow was about the only dry place in Western Washington.
A fun trip I will do again. The second great trip was a March 20th ascent
in the Teanaway. Now that the road is plowed to 29 Pines it's possible
to do this trip any time of year. The 16 mile trek included over 14 miles
on snow. The view from the summit was spectacular as the Cascade peaks
were still covered in their Winter snow. The last memorable trip was a Mountaineer
. There was much fresh snow, in fact enough to change our destination
from Humpback Mountain to Pratt. Coming down to Olallie Lake in the soft
snow nearly everyone fell down at least once.
The pace really picked up in May as I took 8 trips for 80 miles and
23,500' gained. There were three more memorable trips. Gary and I snowshoed
. We were looking for an old abandoned trail and never found it.
Instead we hiked cross country then snowshoed straight up a huge clearcut.
Interesting route finding and an unexpectedly tree covered summit. Next
was Navaho Peak
. I have done this one many times with snow but never this much.
After about one mile the rest of the route was deep under snow. It was
a beautiful sunny day and I put the wrong memory card in my camera. No
pictures on a spectacular day. I saw nobody the whole day. The last interesting
trip was a Mountaineer trip to
. Bridal Veil Falls were huge. The trail was completely snow covered
about 1/2 mile from the lake. The leader let me take 3 other brave souls
on a scramble to the lake. Without ice axes it was challenging. A good
time was had by all.
Bob's cabin's foundation was delayed so I took advantage of unexpected
free time to get in 99 miles with 31,400' gained. I had 5 great trips
that month. First was
with Bill Stocker. Hiking up the Standup Creek Valley we had to
make 7 creek crossings each way. The creek was much deeper than I had
ever seen. Once on snow it was a fun cross country scramble to the summit.
Next was a snow scramble of
Goat Island Mountain
with the Mountaineers. We had a good group and fairly good weather.
Good views early then the clouds came in. Perhaps the most interesting
trip of the year was the bike/hike venture Gary and I did. A poor map
and gates in places they weren't supposed to be led us to start in a place
other than where we expected. Along with not knowing where we were we discovered
how difficult it is to gain over 2000' on a bike with hiking boots and
a pack. When the road ended at a pass we quickly discovered that we were
only a few miles from
. We ended up with a nice scramble to the top and a screaming fast
ride back to the car.
The cabin foundation was further delayed and I had another Summer
month to hike. The highlight was a snow scramble of
with Patricia, a the sister of a friend's friend who was visiting
from Ireland. We had great weather and good snow conditions. The view
of Glacier Peak was fantastic. Gary and I hiked up
. It was the first time I had done this long put off peak. Nice trail
and great views of Rainier. Finally, Gary and I hiked up
on an overcast and cold July day. It was amazing to see only a few
other parties in July.
Cabin building took precedence in August. I only managed 5 trips
but several were among the best of the year. I was on a Mountaineer scramble
and the leader allowed me to turn it into a loop via Fourth Creek
Pass and Beverly Creek. Next was my only backpack trip of the year. Gary,
Dave, and I hiked up to
. We scrambled up two peaks the first day. On day two we followed
the ridge on Mt. Daniel to over 7000' before deciding the summit was not
to be. From the ridge we had a tremendous glissade back down. On
the way out we had a long ridge run on an abondoned trail. Sunny, hot days
to a place I have long wanted to visit. I ended the month with another trip
that I have long wanted to do. From Sunrise I hiked a loop including the
Fremont, Skyscraper, and Burroughs Mountains
. The weather started sunny but I hurried back to the sound of thunder
close by. We did get alot of the cabin put up in August.
Cabin building took up most of my time and I only fit in 4 hikes.
Three of them were great. First, I met Clyde and Mary at her Aunt and Uncles
home at Lake Tahoe. It was a terrific vacation and Clyde and I took off
one morning and hiked up
. From nearly 10,000' the view was amazing. I did better at high elevation
than I expectied. Clyde doesn't hike but he did very well. I slipped out
of town for an after work mid-week hike up
. I had meant to do this for a dozen years but just never made it. Finally,
I hiked to a great close in scramble summit. While there is a "trail" all
the way to the top, I would not take a trail hiker up it. Nice views and I
was home before dark. At the end of the month I took Gary along on a trip
I first did last year.
is a very strenuous hike to an incredible summit. 16 miles and 5700' gained
is a long day. We drove in on Friday night in the dark and were able to
get an early start. Fall colors, a long ridge walk, and a memorable summit.
Lot's of cabin weekends and I was sick. The combination left me with only
3 hikes for the whole month. My annual larch trip was to
. I timed it perfectly as the larch were at their peak. I had a sunny day
and a forest of golden larch. I also did a nearly annual fall trip up
. There was snow for the last mile or so. All of the Puget Sound Basin
was smogged in but the mountains were in the sunshine.
By far the low point of the year. Bad weather and too much to do plus a
trip to Philadelphia to pick up my Subaru Outback led to only 2 hikes. Both
were in the first three days of the month and both were really fun. First
and the Kendall Katwalk. With the first fresh snow of the season and clear
skies it was a nice trip. The next day I did another of those trips that
had been on my "to do" list for many years. The Walt Bailey Trail to Cutthroat
Lakes and Bald
is a gem. It was so cold that the meadows were frosted and looked snow
covered. All the creeks and lakes were frozen over. The scramble through
some snow then open slopes to the top of Bald Mountain was a highlight of
After just over a month without hiking I picked it up in late December.
Although there was not much snow at the start, conditions became very good
higher up on my trip to
Kendall Peak Lakes
. I had the area to myself most of the day. I returned to
Mt. Si via the Teneriffe Road
for the first time in quite a few years. It's amazing to slog through
snow to the top on Si and see almost nobody. The year ended, as almost always,
with a New Years Eve hike up Tiger Mountain. That makes 19 times in the
past 20 years. All in all, it was a very good year on the trails.
My Top 10 Trips of 2002
Fremont, Skyscraper, and Burroughs Mountains
Pipe Creek - Table Moutain
04. Navaho Peak
Goat Island Mountain
Mt. Daniel Backpack