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    Aaron van der Pool saved Lake 22 Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Aaron van der Pool saved Monogram Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Aaron van der Pool saved Hell's Canyon

    about 1 month ago

    Aaron van der Pool saved Snake River Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Aaron van der Pool saved Seven Devils Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Aaron van der Pool saved Cape Falcon Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Aaron van der Pool updated Shovel Lake Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Aaron van der Pool reviewed Whittier Ridge Lakes Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This review is partially tinged with PTSD, but feel it necessary. I did this route 08/25-27/2018 and while it started great from the trailhead, when we reached Whittier Ridge fog rolled in and we missed the connection to the Lakes trail at the north terminus. The trail is VERY poorly marked, and instead of staying at Shovel Lake as our group was permitted, we were turned around and spent two days at Snow Lake trying to find the Lakes trail and not finding it; again because we were in the wrong place.

    Also, if you have any fear of heights, THIS IS NOT the trail for you. The ridge is VERY difficult and treacherous for an acrophobe like myself. Lastly, if you miss the turn as we did, and countiue on what looks like the trail, at the end as marked on here (before reaching Lakes Trail or Coldwater Lake Trail) you will hit an incredibly dangerous washout with ropes. DO. NOT. CROSS.

    Avoid this hike if the weather is anything but clear. On the hike out, as a last ditch to get home, we went back across the ridge in clear skies. The views were insanely beautiful, but without fog the heights were even more of an issue for me.

    Aaron van der Pool completed Whittier Ridge Lakes Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Aaron van der Pool completed Skyline Trail

    9 months ago

    Aaron van der Pool saved Hidden Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago