149 – Lake Twenty-Two

I am not sure why, but the hike to Lake Twenty-Two had been on my list for quite some time. Maybe because a number seems like an odd name for lake to me. Why name a lake a number? Where is Lake Twenty-One, Lake Seven, etc., who names these lakes anyway? It certainly is a... Continue Reading →

133 – Heybrook Fire Lookout

Fire lookouts are one of my favorite hiking destinations, and clear skies made this the perfect day to hike to the Heybrook Fire Lookout for the magnificant views. The trail is a bit rugged in places as it works its way 850' up through a now mossy forest that had been clearcut in the 1920s. Constructed in... Continue Reading →

64 – Hiking Around Goat Lake (Day 2 – Goat Lake Backpacking Trip)

Having set up our tent on the edge of a wooded campground above Goat Lake in the dark the evening before, it was not until morning that we realized what a wonderful view we had from that campsite. What a delight to view the snow capped peaks forming the cirque surrounding the lake and the lake itself immediately upon unzipping the door of our tent. Minutes after finishing our morning coffee,... Continue Reading →

63 – Lower Elliot Trail (Day 1 – Goat Lake Backpacking Trip)

Putting that new backpack and the hiking accessories received for my birthday (see: Happy Birthday - Sweet Sixty) to use, our first backpacking trip of the summer found us following the scenic Mountain Loop Highway to the Goat Lake trailhead. We registered for two nights of camping at the lake. Described by Craig Romano in the book Day Hiking - North Cascades... Continue Reading →

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