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    Nicolya Hargrove reviewed Whittier Ridge Lakes Trail

    2 months ago

    Hiked this on August 5, 2018. Started at Norway Pass trailhead at 9:45am. It is a gradual ascent. Not difficult, but can be tiring. Very little shade and it was a hot day. Stayed on the Boundary Trail #1 until we got to Whittier Ridge Trail #214. There were a few people on the trail as well. All but one were headed to the easier Mt. Margaret. Wildflowers were in bloom, berries were abundant...so were the bugs...bring bug spray!

    The views were amazing! Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adam's and Mt. St. Helen's were in full view for most of the hike. Along with some lakes, including Spirit Lake. We spent a lot of time stopping for pictures and just enjoying the view. There are campsites along the route and saw just a single camper. (jealous)

    We could see the jagged peak of Whitier from a distance, but did not think twice about what was to come until we were upon it. We reached the ridge about 1pm. I would be lying if said I wasnt nervous. the rock faces and scrambles looked difficult. But we pushed on.

    The climb wasn't that bad. Not technical. Can be a bit unnerving though. There is no definite trail, but was easy to find the best path over and around rocks. Took an hour to make it to the top! I think a mile or less. So take it nice and slow. You can do it! We enjoyed our lunch, sitting on the the top of Mt. Whittier, enjoying the view, in complete silence. What an incredible landscape! We didn't want to leave, but the clock was ticking and we still had a 2.5 hour drive afterwards. Going down was a little tricky, but much faster than going up.

    Since the trail leading there was mostly uphill, it was a nice fast-paced hike downhill, all the way to the trailhead where we started.

    Total time: 7 hours
    Total miles: 13

    This was a nice leisurely pace and enjoyed taking my time and soaking in the scenery.

    Nicolya Hargrove reviewed Loowit Falls from Johnson Ridge Trail

    3 months ago

    Did this hike a few weeks ago with a family member. Was our longest day hike to date at 15 miles. I wouldn't say the hike is strenuous, the elevation gain is gradual. The length of the hike can be difficult though and we were definitely tired at the end of the day. We were lucky that the day started out foggy and rainy so the heat was not a factor until the end of the day. Temps at the falls were chilly, we had to put on layers to sit and enjoy our lunch. There were mountain goats to right of the falls. Trail was mostly empty, except a few backpackers tackling the Loowit Trail, since Windy Ridge was not open yet. Make sure to bring plenty of water. There are several creek crossings about halfway to the falls to collect water from if you choose. There was some new signage in the first few miles from Johnston Ridge. Might be best to double check your route with forest service or volunteer if you aren't familiar with the area. I highly recommend this hike! What a treat to be able to say that you ate your lunch at the base of a glacier which is the entrance to the crater of an active volcano! The entire hike back to Johnston Ridge you will continuously look behind you, staring at the mountain and how far you have come. It is surreal. It really does blow your mind!

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