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Beau Chevassus
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 28, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful loop at a manageable distance. Starts with a downhill do you gain momentum and warm up muscles, and it ends with a downhill that pops you into Mowich lake. The peak of Mount Pleasant has a stunning, unobstructed view of Mount Rainier. There’s a bit of route finding and potential scrambling, so keep your head up to stay on track. Bring bug spray!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 15, 2020
Hiking

Not a lot of people on this hike! Just be sure to get to the parking lot VERY early. At 5 AM on Saturday morning it was half full.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 2, 2020
Hiking

15:31, front side. From bench to bench!

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Beau Chevassus reviewed Mount Rainier via Emmons Glacier
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 20, 2020
BackpackingFeeGreat!IcyNo shadeOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

Made it to the summit! Excellent conditions, minimal crevasses compared to last year. Things you need to know: - There is melted glacier water at camp Schurman. - Bugs at glacier basin (if you spend the night down there… We did not). - Recommended time for heading out: 10-11pm, depending on how fast you climb. I know it’s early, but it gets hot on the snow relatively early in the morning. - As for the route, it changes daily, which of course is the beauty of this route. When we did it, I would say the best thing to do is follow the original trail up pretty much until it expires, then head WAAAY right into the saddle. (essentially at the very top of Winthrop glacier) Then follow the spine of the saddle all the way up the summit. You are welcome to check my recording, but just be aware after just one hot day of snow melt… The route will change. Happy climbing!

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Beau Chevassus reviewed Camp Muir Route via Skyline Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 5, 2020
HikingNo shadeSnow

Snow starting from the parking lot, virtually all the way up minus 5-6 rock crossings. (so if you are skinning up, you’ll have to pop off your skis) Snow conditions are fantastic. No snow shoes needed. No crampons needed. Shallow sun cups are at the top, but pretty much everything else down, say 90% of the snow, is excellent for skiing/boarding. (or glissading if you don’t mind getting your butt wet) We hit the entrance to the park at 7:30 AM and were greeted by a ranger who said the credit card machines are down… So no charge! But be prepared to buy a park pass at the entrance if you don’t have one. Warning: on our drive back down there (2pm) was a good 1 hour wait (loooong line of cars) at the entrance, waiting for the parking lot to free up. Granted it’s a weekend, on a holiday, but I’d recommend if you are going up on amy weekend this summer… Definitely get there early unless you want to wait in line. The visitor center was open. Bathrooms were open (both at Paradise AND at Muir). The public sleeping shelter at Muir is closed. Verizon users: I got three bars at Camp Muir. Everyone was awesome on the hike up. You can tell a lot of people have been fighting some mental battles, and you can see the refreshed faces taking in the magnificent scenery. Just one guy—who clearly spent way too much time watching the news—loudly confronted and lectured a stranger for not wearing a mask. I almost threatened to hug him if he didn’t chill out. But anyway, be gracious and kind. Overall a fantastic hike… If not the best in the park. It is NOT easy, but definitely everyone should train for it and do it. I’ve never seen that much snow before going up to Muir in July. Do it! (and don’t forget your sunscreen and SPF Chapstick) Hope this helps!

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Beau Chevassus reviewed Surprise Lake [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 16, 2020
HikingMuddyOff trailPrivate property

Lots of signs that say “private property“ so we just went off trail and bushwhacked straight up to the lake, avoiding the road and any kind of private property. For those driving to the “trail head:” At the fork in the road, you can tell normally people take a sharp left and start heading uphill through the fresh clear-cut. We went to straight/left (uphill) until we came to a beautiful waterfall. We then followed the waterfall uphill, bushwhacking all the way to the lake. If in fact you get to the lake, be sensitive of private property. There is a little cabin there and some gorgeous little bridges. Mid-May there is quite a bit of snow on the final approach (last 1/2 mile) to the lake. Be prepared with the right shoes.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 19, 2020
Hiking

Nice saunter straight up the mountain. It’s about a 1000. Perfect distance from civilization. Just be warned: if you’re not sure footed, you will fall! It can get pretty slippery… Even in the summer with the dry dust. Not much of a lookout, but hopefully someday they will rebuild the old firewatch lookout tower.

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Beau Chevassus reviewed Pinnacle Peak Loop Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 1, 2019
Hiking

Super easy, up and back trail with a myriad of networked trails to choose from. Fairly easy to go straight up and straight down. Very nice parking lot with bathrooms at the bottom.

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Beau Chevassus reviewed Old Butte via Jacobson Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 7, 2019
HikingNo shade

Very well maintained trail, with a few “washout“ channels going down the middle of the trail. But a beautiful lookout at the very end. Nice “conversation” hike. Bring water!

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Beau Chevassus reviewed Goat Island Mountain Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 18, 2018
Running

I uploaded a handy YouTube review (just search for "Goat Island Mountain, Rainier" on YouTube. Or if AllTrails allows clickable links, here you go: https://youtu.be/EF6HCdKxCFU ). It's filmed from the top and talks about the trail. Most of this trail is off the beaten path, and if you’re not comfortable with route-finding you should not do it. It is definitely NOT a moderate trail, as you will see it rated. It is quite difficult, albeit wildly rewarding. Biggest recommendation: I would not make this a loop when we do it next time. The descent (or ascent, if you’re doing it backwards from us) is through very steep, sketchy brush with no trail. Even following other’s recordings, it was not cool. You will slip, and of course you’ll catch yourself, but you will get cut up. Before warned if you are as stubborn as we were and thought, “I don’t want to backtrack! I’m just going to drop straight down to the car! No problem!“ Just look at the recordings and you will see how quickly you drop down to the trail head from Goat Island Mountain Ridge. If there was an established trail, it would not be so bad. With that said, this is an absolutely stunning trail, once you’re on the ridge. The view of Mount Rainier is absolutely unobstructed. You can see the mouth of frying pan glacier turning out mass of waterfalls that rival the Lord of the Rings Middle Earth. I would simply start at the frying pan Creek Trail head and go up towards Summerland. Right before the trail peels off to go up to Summerland, you simply hop down and follow frying pan creek up towards the mountain. You will eventually find a dry creek bed (summertime) if you stay to the right of the frying pan creek on your way up. Follow the dry creek bed up a steep section, picking your way through meadows. Once you are on the ridge line, simply follow it straight up. Every once in a while you will find an established trail (boot pack) and if you find yourself tangled up in trees, keep pushing through and in 60 seconds you will find yourself back on the open ridge. You will know you are at Goat Island Mt when you find the boulder the size of a small barbecue with a 1982 earthquake research benchmark on it. There are surrounding peaks 200 feet higher (see YouTube video), which you are welcome to walk 5 minutes up those to get an even better view of Mount Adams and even the Sunrise parking lot. If you’re feeling tempted to drop straight down the ridge line back to the frying pan creek trail head, you are not alone. I think everyone thinks it’s easier then backtracking. I’m pretty sure that’s why this trail is considered a loop (see first recording) instead of an out and back. Overall this is an absolutely stunning trail that is an absolute must for those who don’t mind a rather difficult, half marathon distance hike. Sidenote: The person who rated this trail 1/5 stars did not actually do this trail. You will see according to her recording, she actually went to Summerland. Sidenote #2: this is not a “moderate“ hike. It should definitely be rated “difficult.“

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Beau Chevassus reviewed Mailbox Peak Trail Loop
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 14, 2018
Running

I went up the new trail and down the old trail. I packed light and alternated between jogging and “striding out“ on the steep sections. It took me 1 hour 40 minutes to the top. Here’s what I learned: Top 10 tips hikers need to know for Mailbox Peak: 1. Parking is a nightmare. Instead of battling for a parking space, park 10 mins down the road at Twin Falls Middle School. Bring $2.75 (each way, so $5.50 total) or your Orca card to pay the fare. There is a sandwich board where to stand for the shuttle, which comes ever 10-15 minutes. You can’t miss it, and it beats the hassle of parking. Note: there are pit toilets at the parking lot once you get dropped off from the shuttle and you walk uphill. Please close the lid of the toilet, guys. 2. Once dropped off by the shuttle, walk up the paved hill until you get to a gate across a gravel road (on your left). Just look for the big gate/bar across the road... That is the start of the trail. Follow this gravel road uphill until you get to the trailhead. (You’ll see a sign) Head left, and walk uphill until you get to the top! Note: these directions are for the “new trail.“ If you want the “old trail,” keep going up this gravel road until you come to another sign on your left that indicates Mailbox Peak. Head left and up! 3. Most important tip: bring water. Seriously bring LOTS of water. There are no creeks, streams, or lakes. I jogged/fast-walked the entire thing, so I wasn’t hiking long, so I thought I could get away with just 2 liters. I STILL ran out of water 1/2 way down. Sure I survived, but I felt pretty gross driving back. Recommendation: bring a gallon of water. Yes it’s an obscene amount, but you will thank me. You will have a difficult time choking down that much water, so sprinkle some Kool-Aid powder or power aid mixture to give you an incentive to drink it. 4. Mailbox at the top: Bring a sticker for the mailbox. Don’t be that guy who puts food in the mailbox. That’s why there are flies everywhere—from the person that day who put a box of raisins to cook in the mailbox. 5. Old trail? Or new trail? Unless you are in marathon running shape, do NOT take the old trail up OR down. The old trail is very technical with lots of roots. Seriously you can’t walk 12 inches without getting your foot caught on a root, which is exhausting (or challenging!). Recommendation: take the “new trail.” The volunteers who put the new trail together did an absolutely INCREDIBLE job with it. It’s smooth, rolling, and easy to pass people (double wide!). You will thank me! But if you choose the old trail, unless you run Spartan races continuously, you will tell yourself “We should’ve listened to that review on AllTrails.”) 6. Sunscreen, yes or no? Virtually the entire trail is shaded, which is perfect for summer hiking. Up until the last part, when you hop out onto the exposed rock, only then do you start to bake. Recommendation: right before you come out of the trees, slather up. Seriously the sun is 27,000,000°F and your dreams of your “light sunburn turning into a tan” is only an illusion. 7. Beer at the top? Yes, getting to the summit is exhilarating, but celebrating by drinking a diuretic is the last thing you want to do to your body. Remember, when you’re at the top you are only 50% done with the hike. 90% of mountaineering accidents happen on the way DOWN, when fatigue is setting in and gravity is pulling you down. You need to be on your A-game going downhill, not buzzed. Save the beer for when you get home, and even then re-hydrate. If you insist on sipping a beer at the top, just know there are a lot of people laughing at your pretentious hipster self. 8. 10 Essentials: bring them. From a first aid kit (including mole skin) to a flashlight. The only thing: bug repellent isn’t really necessary. There is no standing water nearby, and odds are when you are sitting up on the summit, away from the mailbox, there will be a slight breeze to keep the bugs away. Tip: trekking poles will save your knees if you are hiking. Running? They will get in the way. 9. Save cell phone battery life: Using the All Trails app to record your hike, right after you press “record“ (at the start of your hike of course) switch your phone into airplane mode. This will save your battery and it will still be tracking your GPS signal. Tested on a very well-used battery on an iPhone 6s, and still had 80% battery life after the entire hike. 10. Dogs: there are quite a few. I love seeing them. But please if you’re a dog owner, bring bags for the dog poo and pack it out. Don’t kick the poop off the trail into the bushes... I know it’s “natural“ and there are a lot of animals that poop in the woods, but we can still smell it fermenting—especially after 100 dogs/day go on the trail. Plus dog poop has a very distinct odor that tends to ruin the moment. And of course, lots of water for doggo! This is a fantastic hike that every WA hiker must go on. -Beau Chevassus

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Beau Chevassus reviewed Mount Fremont Lookout Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 14, 2020
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Beau Chevassus reviewed Mount Rainier via Emmons Glacier
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 17, 2020
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Beau Chevassus reviewed Back of Pinnacle Peak
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 27, 2020
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Beau Chevassus reviewed Dungeness Spit Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 19, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 7, 2020
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Beau Chevassus reviewed Pinnacle Peak Loop Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 9, 2019
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Beau Chevassus reviewed Sheep Lake Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 26, 2019
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Beau Chevassus reviewed Sourdough Gap (past Sheep Lake)
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 15, 2019
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Beau Chevassus reviewed Sheep Lake Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 15, 2019
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