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    Mick O'Leary saved Bean Creek Basin Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Golden Gate Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Cheam Peak

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Mount Catherine (#1348)

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Vesper Peak Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Kachess Ridge Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Dorothy Lake Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Glacier Basin Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Bagley Creek Loop Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Ptarmigan Ridge Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Lake Ann

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary followed Adam Stielstra

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Chain Lakes Loop Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Mount Walker

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Ramona Falls Loop Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Dog Mountain Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary followed Jason Mcclary

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Heybrook Lookout Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary reviewed Poo Poo Point Trail

    over 4 years ago

    The trail itself it beautifully maintained and great for all skill levels. The trail was only 3.8 miles roundtrip not 8… unless there is a secret passage way I didn’t know about (???). The weather was perfect for a fall hike, however when upon reaching the top there was absolutely no visibility due to thick fog. There was a couple Para gliders up there waiting for it to clear… I would like to come back on a clear day to be able to enjoy the view and watching the para gliders take off. A great spot to enjoy a picnic and over all get in a decent (but not hard) hike.

    Mick O'Leary completed Poo Poo Point Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Thunder Knob Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Spider Meadow Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Maple Pass Trail (#740)

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Railroad Grade Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary followed Mitch Campbell

    over 4 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Johnson Ridge Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Johnson Ridge Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Beckler Peak

    almost 5 years ago

    Mick O'Leary reviewed Mallardy Ridge/walt Bailey Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Mick O'Leary reviewed Cutthroat Lakes Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    So this is my overview of Mallardy Ridge/Walt Bailey Trail and Cutthroat Lakes. My overall destination was Bald Mountain Summit, however I did not make it this trip. Thanks to a friends recommendation and directions I was treated to a place that's seemingly not well known (apparently). Maybe it's the confusion of how many different names this place has. Maybe I can shed some light or confuse you more. The trail to Cutthroat Lakes was named after its trail builder, Walt Bailey. Bailey built the trails between Mallardy Ridge and Bald Mountain.
    And as I paraphrase parts of PNWHIKES: "The Walt Bailey Trails begins along the steep West side of Mallardy Ridge. The trail ascends the hillside with occasional breaks in the firs and hemlocks to reveal views down into Boardman Creek valley. At 1.0 mile the trail will level and cross Boardman Creek. The trail becomes meadow-like here. The trail will begin to ascend again before entering a second meadow and will repeat this process a few more times. At 2.5 miles you will climb a steep (500 feet in less than a half mile) ridge over that holds Cutthroat Lakes. From here the trail winds down through meadows. Views of Big Four Mountain, Sperry and Vesper Peaks can be seen to the east. The second Cutthroat Lake will be reached after 3.4 miles."
    Upon arriving to the meadow of Cutthroat Lakes, it's easy to get confused on which way to go. There are trails that lead all around the various tarns. When coming into the meadow the main trail will lead you around to the right. If you want to go to Bald Mountain, just remember one thing (up and left). There are tons of trails that lead all over, but just keep going up and left. There is a small lake with a little island in the middle that sits directly below the base of Bald Mountain. That's where you want to end up to find the trail to lead you up the summit. I only wish I had more time to reach the summit AND to take more pictures of Cutthroat Lakes. It was absolutely stunning and the pictures I did take did no justice to how beautiful it was. I can't wait to go back.

    Mick O'Leary reviewed Sauk Mountain Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Sauk instantly became a favorite. I only wished I lived a bit closer, I’d easily make this a weekly hike otherwise. The trail is well maintained and overall an excellent trek. The 5 mile drive up to the trailhead from WA-20 does most of the elevation as others stated, but the multiple switchbacks do give you a nice workout from the go. It was a nice warm morning the day I went and there was literally little to no shade shield you from the heat has you hiked (so be prepared). The sun and heat can be relentless and unforgiving. Shortly before reaching the summit there's a few trails that zig around. It's not hard to figure out which way to go. But there is a post that many missed that tells you how to get to Sauk Lake. If you want to go to Sauk Lake and you find yourself climbing up and toward the summit, you pretty much are going the wrong way… you'll need to following the trail that leads you down and away from the summit to get to the lake. When we first arrived to the trailhead there was Stratus clouds covering the land below… and to already be 4,000 feet up it was a magnificent site to be above the clouds to only see mountain peaks and sky. Absolutely stunning. By the time we reached the summit the clouds were mostly burned off so we were able to get a full 360 degree view of the mountains and surrounding areas.

    Mick O'Leary saved Sauk Mountain Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Mick O'Leary saved Gothic Basin Trail

    almost 5 years ago