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    Member Since March 2019

    Corey Owens Pro-red@3x

    Washington, District of Columbia 

    Favorite Activities

    backpackinghikingrock climbing

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    Corey Owens completed Deer Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Corey Owens added Deer Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Corey Owens reviewed Prospect Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Fantastic training route for quick elevation gain and a wonderful trail run on the way down. Do a couple of laps for a nice hour and half workout.

    Corey Owens completed Prospect Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

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    Corey Owens reviewed Twin Sisters Peak Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Really nice straightforward hike. Good elevation gain, so perfect for training. Leave TH by 7a to avoid the crowds. About 3.5 hrs TH to TH. As of 8 June still enough snow at treeline I was glad to have poles, but spikes weren't needed.

    Corey Owens completed Twin Sisters Peak Trail

    about 1 month ago

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    Corey Owens reviewed Gem Trail to Balanced Rock

    about 1 month ago

    Left TH a little before 7a and was first person up to Gem Lake, so if you prefer to avoid the hordes that's a good time to get going. Up to the Lake is a very developed trail, good ascent rate if you're doing hill training or the like. Some nice views down the valley. The Lake itself is nice, but later in the morning just swarming with tourists.

    Past Gem Lake the trail is less developed but still very easily followed. As of 6 June no snow at all on the trail, some muddy spots but nothing you can't hop over. A nice enough hike, if Balanced Rock itself is a little underwhelming.

    A good hike for load training, or hill laps, or a weekend jaunt.

    Corey Owens completed Gem Trail to Balanced Rock

    about 1 month ago

    Corey Owens added Gem Trail to Balanced Rock

    about 1 month ago

    Corey Owens reviewed Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge Trail

    about 1 month ago

    As of June 4 I strongly recommend spikes, poles, and gaiters. The trail from Lake of Glass to Sky Pond is likely a no-go for most. More below.

    Left TH at 600a. Some snowpack here and there in early miles, increasing to more snow than dry trail by the switchbacks. Hike to Loch you'll want spikes and a pole, but probably not 100% necessary if you're careful.

    Once at the Loch things change. The trail is partially obscured, and you have four or five major divergences where hikers and snowshoers have taken different routes. Sticking to the GPS doesn't always help, so use your brain and stay uphill from the ice. Post-holing up to knees from time to time on the way up as things melt out.

    Ascent to Lake of Glass is mushy by 800a, so that hill is a bit of a gutbuster as you plunge each step, and telescoping poles and/or ice axe are very useful.

    At Lake of Glass by 830a (2.5 hrs from TH). Established trail on the near side (to the right) is rotten snowpack, and I fell in up to my hips twice before abandoning ship. For solo hikers, Lake of Glass is probably your last stop; possible for a team to do it, and I did see snowshoe tracks on the far (to the left) side of the Lake; unknown if that goes.

    On the way down the steep hill from the Lake of Glass, I used both an ice axe and pole and still made an "unplanned rapid descent." Just sit down and go, it preserves more dignity than my way of doing it unintentionally.

    Lots of post-holing up to knees going back down by Loch, things getting really mushy by 930a.

    World-class hike, and the shoulder season makes it much more interesting. Go early, go with proper kit, and know when to turn around, and you'll have a great time. And then go to Poppy's for pizza.

    Corey Owens completed Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge Trail

    about 1 month ago

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