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    Lynne McNaught saved Skyline Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Lynne McNaught saved Howard Amon Park

    4 months ago

    Lynne McNaught saved Candy Mountain

    4 months ago

    Lynne McNaught saved Coal Creek Trail

    5 months ago

    Lynne McNaught saved Mount Storm King

    7 months ago

    Lynne McNaught saved Gothic Basin Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Lynne McNaught reviewed Mount Saint Helens Summit via Ptarmigan Trail

    about 1 year ago

    This is such an amazing climb. I trained for this all year pretty much and it was so worth it. I started at 5:40am. I wanted to give myself a full 12 hours to experience this. I wasn't going to rush to the top or break any records here. My husband walked me through the forest to as far as he could go then from there I was solo - only there are plenty of other people climbing it! The first part is easy as it's extremely level but after that it's pretty much straight up through a combination of rocks and ash. Then you hit the boulder field. What a work out. This made me wish I'd done more of an effort to lift weights or do more push ups in preparation for it but I managed through it just fine. The ash field is walking through sand up a steep hill. I found this the hardest part of the climb, mostly because it's frustrating. One step up, two steps back. Then there's the summit. It takes your breath away. The day I did it (Sept 3rd) the forest fires in Oregon had just started more or less and the smoke covered both Mt Adams and Rainier. We could also see smoke from the start of the eagle creek fire too. I sat and admired my view for about 25 minutes before heading back down. Took me about 7 hours to summit and 4 to get back down.

    I took 6 liters of water with me plus an extra liter I hid in the tree line near the last toilet. Helped a lot on the way down
    Also had gloves for the boulder fields as it's pumice and can cut up your hands.
    Salt tablets helped too plus lots of snacks. I had so many I was able to share with a bunch of people too. Took 2 sandwiches and only ate one. I also drank a liter of water with nun before starting the hike.
    Sunscreen. Lots of it.
    Shorts to change into. Got so hot on the way down.
    Hat!!!
    Sunglasses for sure.
    It's a bucket list hike. Highly recommended!!

    Lynne McNaught followed Karin Deti

    about 1 year ago

    Lynne McNaught reviewed Mailbox Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    HOLY CRAP!!!! I'm also giving myself 5 stars. Amazed I did this and could still walk! I never even took a nap once I got home!!! This was my last big hike before Mt St Helens and it was a doozy!!!!! We started at 7:30am and almost got on the newer trail but luckily a guy passing corrected us and showed us where the old trail starts. It's pretty much straight up the entire way. You need to take special care the whole way. Not only your footing but the white diamond markers on the tree. They can be hard to see. It's absolutely exhausting the whole way and you feel you're never going to get there. Once you get through the trees you're met with a boulder field. This part was seriously cool!!!!!!! Amazing views all around of the I-90 corridor. Too smoky to see Rainier though. After the boulder field come the gates of hell. Up up up false summit (WTF??). Up more then finally the MAILBOX! Please make sure
    You take enough water (I did not). Amazing views at the top. Sign the ledger, eat lunch, soak it all in. I came back down the new way because the old way would have KILLED my knees. 8 hours total including breaks and lunch. It's a must for a hikers bucket list.

    Lynne McNaught completed Mailbox Peak (New) Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Lynne McNaught reviewed Grouse Grind Trail

    about 1 year ago

    It was hard. I knew it was going to be hard. It's classed as Vancouver's ugliest Hike but I didn't see it that way. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You really need to just stop, look up and look around. The smells of the forest too. Plus the sound of the gondola when you're almost at the top is a sweet reward. It is what you make it. Will be back to do this again in October.

    Lynne McNaught completed Grouse Grind Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Lynne McNaught completed Margaret's Way Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Lynne McNaught reviewed Margaret's Way Trail

    about 1 year ago

    There's really no trail I don't like. This one I love. Right off of 900 with stunning views. It's not an easy hike by any means and you can get an excellent workout with rewarding views. There are 3 view points on this hike. The first one being just a little ways from the start, it's actually a better view on a sunny day in winter as the tree growth in summer blocks most of the sights. The 2nd one is fairly new and obvious with the new sign and gravel trail to the right. It offers a wonderful view of the valley and the Olympics on a clear day with a very nice large bench to sit down on and soak it all in. The 3rd and most impressive view is at the top; Debbie's view. On a crystal clear day you get the most amazing view of Mt Rainier and the surrounding valley. It's a small viewpoint however and can be crammed on a warm, sunny day. There are other options from Margaret's Way that you can take once you reach the top of the trail at the intersection. There's the Chibinski loop that no matter which you take brings you right back to the sign marking the trail. You can also reach the Bullit Fireplace from this point too. Both of which I highly recommend. If you're into geocaching there's lots in this area!

    Lynne McNaught saved Grouse Grind Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Lynne McNaught reviewed Rachel Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This is an absolute butt kicker but totally worth it. You meander for about 2.5 miles through the beautiful valley along creeks and through wild plants and flowers. The bugs are INSANE so bring bug spray!! I'd highly recommend poles for both up and down. Lots of giant boulders and tree roots. Plenty of stunning views along the way and the Lake is beautiful too. If you go a little further up you can get a birds eye view of the trail. Still some patches of snow (7/20/17) along bits of the Lake. Great hike all in all. I think this is one and done for me.

    Lynne McNaught completed Rachel Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Lynne McNaught reviewed Naches Peak Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Is there anything this trail doesn't have? It was outstanding!!! We started the trail counter clockwise which I guess is considered the "wrong way" but it was just absolutely beautiful. Lots of wildflowers and wildlife. Views of Mt Rainier as well as Mt Adams and the surroundings valley. We took our time on the loop as there were so many picture opportunities!!! The PCT side still has a lot of snow. Highly recommend good traction shoes as well as poles for stability. Most of the snow is packed down but it's still melting obviously so just be wary. Great places to stop for lunch on this loop. I do think going clockwise would be the most impressive heading towards Rainier but either way is stunning.

    Lynne McNaught completed Naches Peak Loop Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Lynne McNaught saved Spray Park Trail

    over 1 year ago