Day 10 John Muir Trail

Wanda Lake to Unnamed lake at 11,460 Total JMT miles  —  4 Side trip miles  —  about 2.5 Elevation gain/loss  —  +1000/-500 Day 10 was different than any other day of my trip. While it wasn’t a true “zero” day (the term that...
Family Ski Day at Crystal Mountain

Family Ski Day at Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort Location —  39 miles past Enumclaw, 47 miles from Mt. Ranier, “105 driving minutes” from Seattle, 4 hours from Bellingham. Skiable terrain — 4.06 miles Ski runs — 57 Elevation at top — 3912 feet Growing...
Copper Ridge Loop — Final Day

Copper Ridge Loop — Final Day

Egg Lake to Hannegan Pass parking lot  (8.6 miles) — 9/14/17 Morning at Egg Lake was crisp and magnificent! Stiff breezes the night before blew out the few remaining clouds, and cool gusts still swirled around my campsite.  I put on all my layers, including down...
Copper Ridge Loop — Day 4

Copper Ridge Loop — Day 4

Indian Creek to Egg Lake  — 9/13/17, 12 miles, 4000 feet elevation gain. It took awhile for daylight to enter my deeply forested Indian Creek campsite. It was 6:30 before I emerged from my tent —  bankers hours for backpackers!  Over breakfast and coffee I...
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