161 – Dock Butte and Blue Lake

Dock Butte has been on my list of hikes to get around to doing for quite some time so when I learned that the snow was lingering there, I grabbed my snowshoes hoping for a chance to use them. I also brought the ice trekkers, because the temperatures had dropped since that first snowfall and... Continue Reading →

142 – Backpacking Ross Lake – Green Point

Who gets a surprise birthday party on a weekend backpacking trip anyway? Me, that's who! This was an absolutely awesome backpacking trip to! We hiked in from Highway 20 and crossed Ross Dam. The view of the spillways are quite impressive from the top of the dam! From the dam, we followed the Big Beaver Trail on... Continue Reading →

136 – Thunder Creek Trail

We accessed to the trailhead for Thunder Creek Trail from the parking lot of the Colonial Creek Campground along Highway 20 about 24 miles east of the town of Marblemount. Unable to drive all the way into the campground and to the trailhead until the Memorial Day weekend, we parked in a lot just outside of the main camping area and walked... Continue Reading →

135 – Guemes Mountain Trail

What an awesome hike this was! What hike starts with a ferry ride and takes you all the way to the highest point on one of the San Juan Islands? The Guemes Mountain Trail! Go here - http://www.skagitcounty.net/common/asp/?d=publicworksferry&c=general&p=ferry.htm - for information on the Guemes Island Ferry. Here, Dena and I enjoy the sunshine on the deck of the ferry as... Continue Reading →

126 – Oyster Dome

A great cardio workout on a beautifully sunny Spring day, this hike could more appropriately be called "Girls Hike Up"! A very popular local hike, it is a steep climb to the top of the Oyster Dome. Beginning our hike from the Samish Overlook, we managed to shave off 1,000'  of the total elevation gain, yet... Continue Reading →

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