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Summer Sendoff: A Week in Trip Reports

Posted by Loren D at Sep 22, 2014 03:15 PM |

Soak up the last of summertime hiking through your fellow hikers' trip reports, starting with these eight. File your own report, grab a coffee and find out how Washington hikers sent off the last official week of summer.

What an incredible week! We've been soaking up the last of summertime hiking as your weekend trip reports roll in. The eight trip reports below are just a small sample of your adventures, so grab a coffee and find out how your fellow hikers sent off the last official week of summer.

Then file your own report, check your inboxes for the September issue of Trail News, and start getting psyched for fall hiking.

Shannon Ridge - Baker, boots and a good book

"I found carpets of blueberries under crisp views of Mt Baker. Upon entering the North Cascades National Park, a dry rocky trail led steely up towards a saddle. Many butterflies and grasshoppers were afoot..."


Boots, Book and Baker
Mt Baker, Boots, & Book. Photo and trip report by Rashel on Sep 20, 2014


Golden Horn - Snowy Lakes  - stars and fall color on the PCT

"My dad and I went in on the 15th of September. Beautiful views all the way up to out first campsite ... It was a clear night and the stars were out, and beautiful..."


    Brilliant Stars
    Brilliant stars while backpacking the Golden Horn - Snowy Lakes section of the PCT. Copyright Taylor Rubart Photography

    Cascade Pass - long light and fickle weather

    "I awoke this morning to perfectly clear skies. The dawn and the sunrise were magnificent. During my descent, the fall colors and ptarmigans in the meadows provided a beautiful exit from a thrilling destination."


    Camp 6 Sahale Arm at Sunset
    Camp 6 at sunset on Sahale Arm. Photo and trip report by geezerhiker, on Sep 20, 2014.

    Mount David - climbing from summer into fall

    "We passed below the big pika filled talus field and switchbacked up the other side. The leaf color improved. Some of the best color of the day was here..."


    Stone Outhouse on Mount David
    Stone outhouse on the summit of Mount David. Trip report and photo by HikerJim, on Sep 15, 2014.

    Steamboat Rock - wildflowers, reptiles and sunshine

    "I was also lucky enough to spot the tail end of a western skink! I had no idea we had such colorful reptiles in this state..."


    Steamboat Rock
    Trip report and photo by by KellyJo, on Sep 17, 2014.

    Burroughs Mountain - big views and little bears

    "This is a great hike to take in spectacular views of Mt. Rainier all the way from the beginning to the end of the trail ..."


    Bears on Burroughs Mountain
    Mother bear and two cubs on Burroughs Mountain. Photo and trip report by lifeisamt, on Sep 13, 2014.

    Mount Pugh - 5,000 feet of gain in 5 miles

    "This is a great time of year to take on Mt.Pugh. It is a tough nut to crack though, over 5000' elevation in around 5 miles. The upper portions are decidedly more a scramblers terrain ..."


    Upper Meadows Mount Pugh
    The upper meadows of Mount Pugh. Photo and trip report by vongoebel, on Sep 22, 2014.


    Killen Meadows - Adams Creek Meadows, High Camp


        "First time hiking in this area of Mt Adams and we timed the weather perfectly - great weather, amazing sunset, and ZERO bugs ..."

        Mount Adams High Camp
        High Camp on the slopes of Mount Adams. Photo and trip report by dieselhikes, on Sep 13, 2014.