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    Jeremy Garrett reviewed Mount Scott Trail

    3 months ago

    Given this is the highest spot in which to view Crater Lake and the surrounding peaks, it’s a no brainer to put on your to-do-list! However, do keep in mind exposure here is pronounced so happy helpings of sunscreen is highly recommended—I personally had to apply SPF 50 twice and I’m not that big of a stranger to the sun.

    Additionally, the hike is pretty much a constant trek uphill, so be prepared for the lovely calf burn. Also, for whatever reason, the fire lookout was swarming with buzzing bees on the day that I went.

    If you can get out to the trail early in the AM, there’s a good chance you can circumvent a large amount of crowds. On the holiday weekend I went, I really didn’t run into many hikers until I was descending the trail around 11 AM.

    Jeremy Garrett completed Mount Scott Trail

    3 months ago

    Jeremy Garrett reviewed Tamanawas Falls Trail

    3 months ago

    There’s just something about hearing the roar of the falls as you get closer and closer. And then when you finally spot it—you’ll be smiling. The day I went, the sun was shining brightly behind the falls which gave the mist created a scintillating sight. And while the trail isn’t very challenging overall except for some rock scrambling mid-way and at the very end, that mist is such a fantastic reward!

    I highly recommend continuing to climb up and around the falls so that you get behind them for some amazing views of the rushing water and tree-scape complimented by mossy rocks.

    This is a wonderful spot. It was a bit busy when I went due mostly in part by the approaching holiday weekend, I’m sure!

    Jeremy Garrett completed Tamanawas Falls Trail

    3 months ago

    Jeremy Garrett reviewed Tom Dick and Harry Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Spoiler alert: not so much a mountain like you might traditionally expect it to be: more like a large pile of rocks encircled by gorgeous trees wrapped in fog, especially if you get to the top in the AM. Visibility at the end can depend on this fog as well. If nothing else this is a nice challenge to add into your Mirror Lake Trail since you can access this trailhead from that loop around the lake. I highly recommend giving it a shot while you’re there for a nice workout and some scrambling at the very end to get that heart rate up!

    Jeremy Garrett reviewed Mirror Lake Loop Trail

    3 months ago

    Not a particularly challenging hike; however, I will say if you can get to the lake early perhaps around 9:00 AM at the latest and catch the fog hanging out around the trees, it is truly magical. Oh and if you want while you’re here, you should really take the Tom Dick and Harry Mountain trail for a little more challenging hike (although not too much!).

    Jeremy Garrett completed Mirror Lake Loop Trail

    3 months ago

    Jeremy Garrett reviewed Mount Saint Helens Summit via Ptarmigan Trail

    3 months ago

    Obviously, you’ll need a permit so secure one in advance (https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/giffordpinchot/passes-permits/recreation/?cid=fseprd528670) or you can get lucky by posting on purmit.com which is what I did!

    My hike began early around 8:00 AM where I got to enjoy the gorgeous fog amongst the forest that starts out the climb. From there, once the trees break away a bit, you’ll soon be climbing boulder “stairs”. Just follow the wooden pylons wedged between the rocks.

    After that, prepare for a nonstop, strenuous climb with brief (and I mean VERY brief) moments of respite from verticality. Take it slow and double-down on water. You will also need some sort of hand coverings to help you climb. The rocks are sharp and I could see signs of shreddage on the gloves I had on me (not proper climbing gloves).

    The final section is nothing but “sand” aka ash and small rocks. Highly advise you to bring hiking poles of some sort—I did not and paid dearly for it. Without them, you will be taking one step forward and sliding two steps back which can become very frustrating and defeating quickly. Also, at this point, the wind will also be working against you, so be sure to wear a shell of some sort.

    Unfortunately, once I had reached the summit, it was far too foggy to see inside :( However, the climb itself is definitely worth it.

    Overall, I had not hiked for 9 months and am about 20 lbs overweight and was able to do it within less than 7 hours. I packed ~100 ounces of water, and 4 RX Bars for the trek and used nearly all of it up.

    Jeremy Garrett reviewed Tolmie Peak Trail

    3 months ago

    This trail was amazing. Once you reach the opening through the trees and can see the fire lookout, be sure to back track and find a path breaking into the field to work your way closer to the lake before the ascent to Tolmie Peak. It is 100% worth it!

    This trek starts out relatively simple and only becomes more strenuous at the very end; however, the view of Mt. Rainier from Tolmie Peak is definitely worth it. Even if you wanted to slow down, the bees will keep you hustling to escape their buzzing roar. I in fact did get stung on the nose during the trek up so prepare yourself mentally before you set out—and this was in the AM. Have fun regardless!

    Jeremy Garrett completed Tolmie Peak Trail

    3 months ago

    Jeremy Garrett saved Tunxis Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jeremy Garrett saved Tent Rocks Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jeremy Garrett saved Upper Falls Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jeremy Garrett saved Tsankawi Ruins Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jeremy Garrett saved Main Ruin Loop Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Jeremy Garrett saved Hamilton Greenbelt

    almost 2 years ago

    Jeremy Garrett saved The Lighthouse Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Jeremy Garrett saved Rock Garden Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Jeremy Garrett saved The Incline Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Jeremy Garrett saved Seven Bridges Trail

    over 2 years ago