I keep wondering how long the high-altitude season will last. I only tried one hike in July (Chatter Creek), but bailed due to the insane heat. Went to Leavenworth instead, if I remember correctly, and ate gingerbread. It's never too hot for gingerbread.
August, did Ozette, Oyster Dome with thewronghands
--and ran into my "Oh we must hike together sometime" friend, Kristen-- and something I'm forgetting. September did Snow/Gem Lake, Burroughs (both with TWH), and now Hannegan Pass. Not a heavy hiking summer, but intense heat ain't my thing unless I'm in the Grand Canyon. I *did* also do Colorado and Stehekin earlier. Next week, possibly Ozette again for another volunteer clean-up, then I'm hoping the forest fires die down and air clears enough to head out to Roslyn for some of my old favorites. Maybe the snow will be late? It was late melting, darnit. Either way, in my stalwart attempt to support TWH in her SAR training, I'll be hiking all winter. Rain, sleet, snow-- search and rescue training won't wait. At least I'll be in the company of a wilderness EMT.
[Oh, right, I also did a hike with Kitty, but hell if I can remember which one... Lake Annette? We got stopped by the snow, ultimately. Must redo.]
I wish I could put in that epic Wilderness EMT shot I took of her right here, but I leave hiking logs public and her face is, uh, private.
Anyway, Hannegan Pass. In lovely weather, the views are awesome. Or so I surmise. I remember, I think, hiking this trail many years ago. It's quite long and tough, and I am going to be sore tomorrow. The views, sadly, were all covered with a rusty tinge of the forest fires. The fires are breaking my heart already, since they're burning down the Teanaways, which is sacred ground to me. :( I can't bear to go over to Cle Elum quite yet. Well, the fires are also not out and even my healthy lungs would act up with that air quality.
I took a few pics of Hannegan, which is off of Mt. Baker.( A few pics of the hike up. )
I did not hike Hannegan Peak, although I meant to. The trail is an absurd scramble, quite brutal. I simply wasn't up for it. Next time, with better air.