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    Member Since October 2016

    Bethany Vandivort

    Seattle, Washington 

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    Bethany Vandivort reviewed Mount Dickerman Trail

    6 days ago

    Hiked this trail 6/17/19. Since it was a Monday, the parking lot was nearly completely empty. However, I’ve heard that on weekends it’s almost impossible to find parking so just be aware of that. The incline begins pretty much at the start of the trail, there’s several switchbacks, which makes the hike quite brutal. I would say the first 3 1/2 miles is through a thick, wooded area and then the last mile and a half involves a more lush and open trail. There are some patches of snow and it’s definitely in the melting stages, but we maneuvered through it just fine with regular boots - had microspikes, but it wasn’t worth pulling them out. The top is absolutely incredible as Mount Dickerman sits in the middle of several mountain ranges/ peaks. For example, it’s surrounded by Vesper Peak, Perry Creek trail, Mount Pugh, Galcier Peak, Mt. Baker (in the distance), Sloan Peak, Big Four mountain, Three Fingers Mountain, and many more. It took us around 3 hours to reach the top and 2 hours to get down. Cheers!

    Bethany Vandivort reviewed Heliotrope Ridge Trail

    8 days ago

    Hiked this trail 6/15/19. First things first, the service road leading up to the parking lot is very narrow, in which only one car can really drive through it. However, every now and then there are little expansions to the road where one car can pull aside to if necessary. (Just be cautious and drive slowly). Second, the lot itself isn’t very big, but there’s plenty of room for cars to park above the lot on the road as well as down below. We hiked on a Saturday and there were probably ~50 cars~ in the area. There were definitely A LOT of climbers with heavy gear so just make sure to give them the right of way whenever you’re on the trail, regardless if you’re going up or down. It’s a common courtesy/ hiker’s etiquette :) There’s hardly any snow left on the trail itself, but there’s snow still surrounding the trail in some places. Seeing the glaciers and the mountain itself was incredible! It took us 1 1/2 hours to get up and then 1 hour to get down. Really easy hike considering the amazing views. Cheers!

    Bethany Vandivort reviewed Mount Pilchuck Trail

    21 days ago

    Hiked this trail 6/2-6/3. My friend and I started the trail by 8:15 PM and it definitely got dark on us before we made it to the lookout. We stayed the night in the lookout with hammocks and sleeping bags. I would highly recommend having a sleeping pad too or an under-quilt because it did get really cold around 4:30 AM. There were lots of mice crawling around either outside on the roof or on the railings on the outside between the windows and the shutters. They would periodically start chewing on the wood and scratch the wood with their claws throughout the night so it was a little unnerving to sleep. I think only a couple mice made it inside the fire lookout. We hung our food and our backpacks inside just in case. Our food was untouched, but I would bring a bear crate if you’re camping over night at Pilchuck. There’s definitely patchy snow for the last mile, some of it is pretty slick because it’s in the stages of melting. I brought microspikes, but I found myself taking them on and off because of the abundant rocks on the trail that sometimes wouldn’t have any snow at all. I wouldn’t say poles and spikes are absolutely necessary, but I think they would help reduce fatigue and enhance the efficiency of reaching the top. There was only one other dude staying the night at the lookout and it made for a good experience. For someone who is an avid hiker (with spikes and poles), you could easily get to the top in an hour and 45 and then back down in an hour and 15 or less. As other people have mentioned, the service road has a lot of pot holes. We managed to get up to the top in our Mazda speed 3 Hatchback just fine. We did scoop maybe 3 times since our car has pretty low clearance. Depending on what kind of car you have, the service road itself can take 30 minutes to drive through. Cheers!

    Bethany Vandivort reviewed Beckler Peak

    21 days ago

    Hiked this trail 6/1/19. For starters, the road leading to the parking lot had some pot holes, but managed to get up it just fine in our Mazda Speed 3 Hatchback. The parking lot is quite small, probably fits around 20 cars max and the road leading to the parking lot is very narrow so if you were to park on the side of the road, you’d really have to park in a ditch. We arrived to the lot around 1:30 (Saturday) and was able to snag a spot of where someone had left in the lot. Fortunately we had only run into 2 cars coming down as we were going up and at good points in the road, but just be very cautious because the size of the service road really only fits one car. Also, as other people have mentioned, the turn off for the service road comes really quickly and is hardly marked. There isn’t a left turn lane or a lane in the middle of the road for you to slide into so start braking early and turn your blinker on long before you see the turn off because it’s really hidden. Other than that, the trail was in really good condition. There weren’t any bugs at the top, but for precautionary measures I would bring bug spray as the summer thickens. My sister and I hike pretty often; it took us about an hour and 45 to get to the top and an hour and 15 to get down. 360 view of the mountains with some having snow at the top. Very beautiful!! Cheers.

    Bethany Vandivort completed Beckler Peak

    21 days ago

    Bethany Vandivort reviewed Mailbox Peak (New) Trail

    29 days ago

    Hiked this trail 5/25/19 (Saturday). We arrived to the trailhead by 10:45 AM and the top lot was completely full which probably holds 25 cars or so. We were able to snag a spot down along the road in the designated spots. There is no parking allowed on the side of the road itself if it is not painted. There were two rangers directing traffic because there is a shuttle provided if you park in the city which is barely a 10 minute drive away from the trailhead. The new trail is actually really well maintained - there aren’t roots in the trail until you get to the top. It’s almost like the trail has intervals to it because for 20 feet it’ll be really steep and then it’ll level out and then repeat. Once you get to the rocks, the trail becomes pretty brutal. I would say I’m an avid hiker, but for maintaining the pace that we did (without breaks), I was quite lethargic by the time we got closer to the peak. For reference, it took us 3 hours to get up and 2 hours to get down. Also, the round trip mileage is more like 10.5 miles and not 9.8.

    Bethany Vandivort reviewed Heather Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Hiked this trail 5/11/19 for the second time. Definitely a quick hike for a beautiful reward. We didn’t start the trail until around 5:45 PM, but we made it back to the car as the sun was setting even with spending plenty of time relaxing at the lake. There were lots of bugs at the lake so come prepared! Also be cautious of the numerous pot holes in the service road leading to the trailhead. Enjoy!

    Bethany Vandivort reviewed Heather Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Bethany Vandivort reviewed Mason Lake via Ira Spring Memorial Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Hiked this trail 5/05/19 (Saturday). We arrived to the parking lot by 9:30 and it was already completely full. However, the parking lot isn’t very big in the first place. There is enough room in some spots to begin parking on the right side of the road leading away from parking lot (going down). As other people have been noting, the trail is clear with periodic patches of snow pretty much the whole way up. Once you reach the “peak” of the hike, it then goes down towards the lake and that is where the majority of the snow is. I don’t think microspikes or trekking poles are necessary, but I would HIGHLY recommend having them since the snow going down to the lake is quite slippery and in the stages of melting. The lake is still completely iced over with snow on top. There is probably a few feet of snow still surrounding the lake as well. The path leading to the lake is semi-packed, but as you get closer, there are definitely air pockets beneath the snow. It was a beautifully clear day when we went and we could see Mt. Rainier, which was quite spectacular.

    Bethany Vandivort reviewed Mason Lake via Ira Spring Memorial Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Hiked this trail 5/05/19 (Saturday). We arrived to the parking lot by 9:30 and it was already completely full. However, the parking lot isn’t very big in the first place. There is enough room in some spots to begin parking on the right side of the road leading away from parking lot (going down). As other people have been noting, the trail is clear with periodic patches of snow pretty much the whole way up. Once you reach the “peak” of the hike, it then goes down towards the lake and that is where the majority of the snow is. I don’t think microspikes or trekking poles are necessary, but I would HIGHLY recommend having them since the snow going down to the lake is quite slippery and in the stages of melting. The lake is still completely iced over with snow on top. There is probably a few feet of snow still surrounding the lake as well. The path leading to the lake is semi-packed, but as you get closer, there are definitely air pockets beneath the snow. It was a beautifully clear day when we went and we could see Mt. Rainier, which was quite spectacular.

    Bethany Vandivort saved Hester Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Bethany Vandivort saved Paul Peak Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Bethany Vandivort saved Palisades Lakes Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Bethany Vandivort saved Granite Lakes Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Bethany Vandivort reviewed Annette Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Hiked 12/29/18. First off, I would HIGHLY recommend bringing poles and ice spikes. It will make this hike a lot less strenuous. Snow shoes are not necessary. Secondly, there was snow in the parking lot when we got there, but even if your car doesn’t have AWD, I think it wouldn’t be a problem since the road to the parking lot isn’t very long. There was patchy snow from the very start of the trail. About a mile in, the snow on the trail became much thicker. There was a compact trail all the way to the lake and the path was very clear the entire way as well. The last 3/4ths of a mile to the lake probably had anywhere from 5-7 feet of snow especially in the avalanche chutes. It rained pretty much the entire day and on our way back, the snow was turning pretty slushy/wet. There’s a good chance a lot of that wet snow and all of the slush puddles will freeze over night. There was already some ice on our way up, which was really slippery even for ice spikes. It took us about 2 hours and 15 minutes to get to the lake and then another hour and 45 minutes to get back to the car. Definitely plan ahead as it does get dark very early in the Forest. Nonetheless, it was beautiful at the top! Enjoy :)

    Bethany Vandivort reviewed Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

    6 months ago

    Hiked 12/24/18, it was a surprisingly clear day allowing for a beautiful view. No snow at the top of the trail, but you could see some other mountains in the distance with snow caps. There’s plenty of parking, but I would recommend going in the morning if you can. The trail itself and the peak tends to get pretty crowded by noon.