Park Butte Lookout

During the height of their time in the 1930’s there were around 5000 fire lookouts constructed in the US, perched atop tall rugged and often not easily accessible mountain tops. Washington State alone… Continue reading

Crater Lake Loop

Crater Lake, a gem of the Cascades, is nested in a caldera of Mount Mazama, dormant stratovolcano which was a part of the Oregon’s segment of the Cascade Volcanic Arc. During it’s last… Continue reading

Mount Dickerman

The peak we decided to climb today is officially named Dickerman Mountain but it is more commonly referred to as Mount Dickerman. Nowadays even guidebooks often stray from the official designation. The mountain… Continue reading

Observation Rock

Of the trails starting from the Mowich Lake entrance of Mount Rainier NP, Spray Park is the most popular choice. If you asked, many hikers would admit the views of Mt. Rainier looming… Continue reading

Yellow Aster Butte and Beyond

When you ask hikers about their 5 favorite overnight trips in the North Cascades, Yellow Aster Butte often makes the list. And rightly so. At the end of the trail there is a… Continue reading

Mount Maude

August 30 – September 1, 2014 It’s less than a week since our arrival from the amazing John Muir Trail in California. One would think that after 21 days and approximately 230 miles… Continue reading

JMT – Day 20 – Wallace Creek to Mt. Whitney Summit

August 22, 2014 It’s here. The last day on the JMT. The summit of Mt. Whitney is less than 15 miles away, a distance easily cover in a course of one day. My… Continue reading

JMT – Day 19 – Meadow at mile 184 to Wallace Creek

August 21, 2014 The pines above our tent insulated us from the cold of the night. While those camping at the edge of the meadow experienced night chill and morning frost, our site… Continue reading

JMT – Day 18 – Rae Lake to Meadow at mile 184

August 20, 2014   It is not uncommon for me to wake up during the night to go pee but tonight I am woken by discomfort. The situation reminds me of a fairy… Continue reading

JMT – Day 17 – Meadow at mile 169 to Upper Rae Lake

August 19, 2014 Everybody needs to rest from time to time and my body chooses to go on strike today. It starts in the very morning when my stomach refuses to finish breakfast.… Continue reading