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    Tex Mercer added Great beginner hike

    6 months ago

    Tex Mercer completed Arthur's Seat

    11 months ago

    Tex Mercer added Diamond Head

    12 months ago

    Tex Mercer reviewed Ka'au Crater

    12 months ago

    This was one of my top 3 favorite hikes ever. Incredibly punishing so be prepared. Alltrails lists this as 4.7 miles but it was actually over 6 miles round trip and took about 5.5 hours. Be prepared to use ropes to climb super sketchy spots, 600 feet up a waterfall and muddy rocks at the summit. This hike is not for the faint of heart or for anyone with a fear of heights.

    At the summit, the trail down is easy to miss. We actually kept going up past it since we missed it and ended up in some overgrown trail super close to the crater edge until we turned around after realizing we missed the trail. No ropes on the way down either makes for some pretty sketchy parts, so having friends alongside you definitely helps.

    This trail is super challenging but has an amazing payoff at the top. Absolutely worth it.

    Bring LOTS of water!

    Tex Mercer added Ka'au Crater

    12 months ago

    Tex Mercer added Track - Jul 08, 02:42 PM

    about 1 year ago

    Tex Mercer reviewed Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Great even on a gloomy day. Super popular hike so get here early!

    Tex Mercer added Rattlesnake

    over 1 year ago

    Tex Mercer added Track - Feb 18, 09:59AM

    over 1 year ago

    Tex Mercer completed Thurston Lava Tube Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tex Mercer added Track - Feb 18, 12:18 PM

    over 1 year ago

    Tex Mercer completed Castle Dome Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tex Mercer completed Mount Si Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Tex Mercer added Track - Aug 26, 02:54 PM

    almost 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer added Nice easy Sunday stroll

    almost 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer reviewed Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    We decided to take a nice short and easy hike for a change, so we ended up at Rattlesnake. We got to the trailhead at about 0745 and there were already a good number of people there, even on an overcast and slightly wet day. We decided to go up and back as fast as we could without running to increase the difficulty for us, but were slowed up a bit on the way down due to the volume of people on the trail. Beautiful payoff view at the top. Kid and dog friendly. Trail is very well maintained. It's a bit disappointing at the top to see so many inconsiderate people just dump trash everywhere. Overall this hike is a great intro to anyone just starting out, but for more experienced hikers I wouldn't suggest it more than for a casual stroll on your rest day.

    Tex Mercer completed Rattlesnake Ledge Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer added Great as always

    about 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer saved Shi Shi Beach Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer reviewed Shi Shi Beach Trail

    about 2 years ago

    This beach is absolutely stunning and is now my favorite spot. We camped here the entire weekend for 4th of July and it was surprisingly not crowded at all. Make sure you get all of your permits at the WIC and the reservation recreational pass at the Washburn General Store before heading out. Park at one of the private lots for $10/day (don't park overnight at the trailhead.) then walk half a mile down the road to begin your journey.

    The trail is super muddy the entire way so waterproof shoes are a must if you don't want cold and wet feet. The trail itself is pretty flat and easy and offers some beautiful scenery. Just before you get to the beach be prepared to scale down a very steep and slippery hillside with some provided rope.

    The beach reveal is stunning. Keep walking though down the beach about 2 miles to get to the really good camp spots. Go past Petroleum Creek before you Scott a good spot, because there you'll find nice forested camp sites ticket away in private areas where it's quiet and away from foot traffic. There you can fill up water in the creek (bring a filter!)

    We found a fantastic spot near the Point of Arches. Bring a camera and go check out the tidepools for awesome sea life. You have an option of day hiking toward Lake Odette during lie tide, or you can head back toward the trailhead just past it to climb up high to take some great photos. We chose the latter since the tide wasn't cooperating with our timeframe.

    This is by far one of the most beautiful places I've been. We definitely will be back again.

    Tex Mercer completed Shi Shi Beach Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer added Fantastic morning run

    about 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer reviewed Dorothy Lake Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer completed Lake Dorothy Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer reviewed Lake Dorothy Trail

    about 2 years ago

    We went here this weekend with the plan of staying until Sunday, but ended up coming home tonight due to weather conditions. The original plan was to camp at Dorothy, then pick up camp and head to Snoqualmie Lake and stay there, but we ended up hanging out at Dorothy since it was so wet and muddy. The trail up to Dorothy Lake was alright with some pretty views. Lots of stairs here. Camping at the lake was gorgeous though, except the site we ended up at was terribly hard to access due to lots of downed trees, but we were right next to a beautiful flowing stream and right on the beach of the lake. The only reason it only got 4* was because lots of downed trees on the trail and some areas were difficult to maneuver around. We day hiked to Bear Lake, then to Deer Lake, and finally to Snoqualmie Lake. All of them were beautiful but the closer we got to Snoqualmie the worse the trail got. Tons of freshly downed trees and maneuvering that probably was pretty dangerous when looking back with hindsight. Could definitely use some maintenance. Would definitely come back here on a much less rainy weekend.

    Tex Mercer completed Dorothy Lake Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer reviewed Dorothy Lake Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer completed Dorothy Lake Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer added Out of State To-Do

    about 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer reviewed Teneriffe Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer reviewed Teneriffe Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    I absolutely loved this hike and the trail is very well kept. I'd like to consider ourselves moderately skilled hikers and go at least once every weekend. I checked the reviews and trail reports on this hike before heading out, and chose this one due to WTA saying this was only 1400 ft since my boyfriend's knee was bothering him throughout the week. We originally were going to do Mailbox Peak, but chose this one instead.

    This is a far cry from the 1420ft WTA claims, probably only listing the time it takes to get to the falls. You can continue past this area and climb more, waaaay more. We had no idea what we were getting ourselves into, especially on such a hot weekend. We got to the trailhead at around 0730 and there was only one spot left for us, so get there early and bring tons of water, especially to beat the heat. (Yesterday topped out at 93*) We ended up going through about 4L of water and still ended up running out.

    There is a ton of rocks and scrambles up incredibly steep and narrow ways, so bring really good shoes and poles if you have them. We ended up taking the difficult way up and then taking the newer, longer and much easier trail down (adds another couple miles), as it meets up with an old logging trail and the descent is much easier on tired legs. The non-logging trail is not a beginner trail by any means, as it's almost 4 miles up and gains 1500ft on the last mile alone. Total elevation gain is about 4000ft, tops out at 4500ft at the vista point at the top. That said, it's so much fun and incredibly satisfying when you get to the top, because the 360* view is spectacular (I won't spoil it for any newcomers). Be prepared to scramble to get there, though.

    I recorded our route, but had to kill it about 3/4 of the way in due to phone battery dying, but the total loop was about 10 miles and ~6 hours with stops for photos, lunch, and just enjoying our view at the top.

    We're definitely going to head here again.

    Tex Mercer reviewed Teneriffe Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Tex Mercer added Track - Jun 05, 12:53 PM

    about 2 years ago