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    Wally Loucks reviewed Hub Lake and Hazel Lake

    3 months ago

    Scenic trail that wasn't hard even with an overnight pack. I shared the trail with elderly and children.

    The skeeters at Hub Lake are thick and hungry; otherwise a great adventure.

    Wally Loucks completed Beacon Hill Trail

    3 months ago

    Wally Loucks completed Hub Lake and Hazel Lake

    3 months ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Mount Adams: South Spur and Mazama Glacier

    3 months ago

    Calorie burner; for the physically fit folks.

    Wally Loucks reviewed Eldorado Peak East Ridge Trail

    3 months ago

    Rigorous.

    Wally Loucks reviewed Star Peak Lookout

    7 months ago

    Quite the slog in the loose snow and on steep terrain. Not much trail to follow so had the chance to make one of our own.

    Great weather all day; light breeze on top and the lookout was totally encased in windblown snow and ice. A spectacular sight and the views were incredible.

    Don't fast before you go on this adventure...you could end up feeling peeked at the end of the day.

    Wally Loucks completed Star Peak Lookout

    7 months ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Mica Peak

    9 months ago

    JoRayne and I headed out at 9 a.m. encountered snow around 3k ft. Strapped the S-hoes on slogged away for the remainder of the trip which was approximately 3-4 miles.

    The snow pack was crusted over and would give way frequently so that factor really contributed to labor required to reach the top. We were the only ones to do so on shoes but a CC skier had made the journey sometime previously.

    Of course the wind was whippin' on top but it was a clear day to enjoy the views. My GPS confirmed the 15.8 miles and the elevation gain stated above.

    We returned to the truck around 5 p.m.; tired and jonezin for a food reward.

    Wally Loucks completed Mica Peak

    9 months ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Bear Peak Trail

    10 months ago

    A good jaunt: It'll raise your blood pressure and make ya sweat from the climb up to Fern Ridge and then onto the peak. Windy.

    Wally Loucks completed Bear Peak Trail

    10 months ago

    Wally Loucks followed Dan Schaefer

    about 1 year ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Fault Lake

    about 1 year ago

    Scenic once you gain some elevation and break out of the forest. Not overgrown now. A couple nice camp sites and a Bear box.

    We climbed to the saddle and around with the idea of heading to Hunt Peak. There's no trail, of course, and the terrain makes it slow going. Cat II & III on the back side of the left horn of the saddle. Fun but we had a late start from the TH so we turned back before the ridge. Maybe another time.

    Creek was flowing.

    Wally Loucks completed Fault Lake

    about 1 year ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Engle Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    We visited Engle Lake after making the summit of Engle Peak. The summit is 1 mile from the intersection with the trail to the lake. My GPS showed 700+ feet of descent to the lake and 1,000 up to the peak. I was hauling a 35lb pack so this trail made me perspire a bit.

    Wally Loucks completed Engle Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Engle Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Welp, with a 35lb pack this trail up to the peak should be rated no less than difficult; without the pack, yeah, probably moderate but it's still fairly steep.

    The trail is well maintained and simple to follow to the summit. After climbing to the ridge the trail mellows substantially until you reach the Engle Lake spur. From that intersection with the spur trail the peak lies another mile away with another 1,000 of elevation to gain.

    We made the summit but the weather blew in as we drew within 500' of the peak and closed down the views. The wind was wickedly bitter so we only stayed atop for less than 10 minutes before JoRayne and I completed our day with a descent to the lake where we pitched camp for the night.

    The campsite was nice. The weather not so much: rain, snain, fog, and wind. We stayed dry though and hiked out in the morning over the 1"+ of new snow.

    We have to return to get our pics from the top but next trip we'll tackle in one day!

    Wally Loucks completed Engle Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Wanless Lake

    about 1 year ago

    My GPS recorded our journey on this trail (#924) at 10.06 miles from the Mckay Creek Rd. TH to the lake campsite. A demanding 20 miles round trip. The NFS sign at the TH claims it's 9 miles to Wanless Lake.

    The first 2.35 miles will have your heart pumping and then the slope moderates from that point to about the 4 mile mark. From there to Goat Peak and the Ntl Forest boundary for Kanisku and Kootenai (6.6 miles) the trail slope and features are varied. With a 35lb pack and snow coming into play at 5200 ft, reaching a depth of ~6" at 6400 ft, JoRayne and I were on the trail for 7.5 hrs. About an hour of that time was for breaks.

    Once we arrived at Goat Peak we considered climbing the rocky monster but the snow covered slope, mostly boulders and loose rock, would have made the attempt for the summit treacherous so we pushed on toward Wanless Lake.

    We wandered down the snow covered trail to the upper lake and beyond; along the way seeing various animal paw (cat and Bear) and hoof (Moose and deer) prints in the snow. A bear also left its partially digested meal on the trail for us to see...croiky! One enormous windfall tree blocked the trail just short of the camp sites.

    The lake was calm and the surrounding mountains make you feel really small. We had the place to ourselves and the night was peaceful and dry.

    **We did not have access to water until we dropped into the canyon from Goat Peak ridge.

    Wally Loucks completed Wanless Lake

    about 1 year ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Stevens Lakes

    about 1 year ago

    JoRayne and I reached the upper lake where we were greeted by 10" of snow that was slowly melting with the above freezing temp. We headed West, through the brush, and up the snow covered West slope (18-24") to the ridge line North of the peak. Crampons were necessary and the ice axe was beneficial.

    The temps were well below freezing with the gusting wind. Great views as the clouds closed over the peak and rim and even more impressive how swiftly they withdrew during the 30 minutes we were on the ridge. Reaching the peak from our location in these weather conditions wasn't safe with the gear we had in our possession so we scoped out some alternate routes and will return another day to see the sights from the very top.

    Wally Loucks reviewed Goat Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    The description of the trail included above is accurate. Plenty of wind-falls across the mid-section of the trial. Yeah, It's a calorie burner. 3.5 hrs in and 2.5 hrs on return to my truck. Bummer, JoRayne couldn't make this trip :(

    No goats at the peak. Some Elk along the way at 5,200 ft. Nice weather and minimal wildfire smoke. Worth your time and energy.

    Wally Loucks completed Goat Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Sourdough Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Offered everything a great hiking trail should: steep ascent to the summit on a root, rock and loose soil trail.

    STEEP from the get-go with switch backs to the 2.5 mile mark at which point the trail straightens out a bit and the grade eases slightly to Sourdough Camp. After crossing the dry creek at the camp, the switchbacks return for the second climb to the summit.

    Great views at the top!!

    Jorayne S. set a great pace that put us at the finish line in 3.5 hrs and 2.7 hrs to descend.

    Wally Loucks completed Sourdough Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Scotchman Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    All uphill from the trail head to the summit. The persistent incline and overall distance will test your conditioning. We made the summit in 2.5 hrs and were down in 2.

    Take a sweatshirt or windbreaker because the temperature difference is quite drastic between the base and summit.

    3 goats wandering the summit. They kept their distance.

    Wally Loucks completed Scotchman Peak Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Trout and Big Fisher Lakes Trail

    about 1 year ago

    In, 3:15; out 3 hrs.

    From the trail head you ascend moderately for approximately 2 miles before you reach some flats along the ridge before the steep descent to Trout Lake. Pushing on to Fisher requires more climbing, sometimes fairly steep, before you reach the bluff overlooking that lake. The trail down to Fisher Lake is quite steep but nothing treacherous.

    I pitched camp at Fisher for the night. The weather was tame but I recommend you take some long pants and a sweatshirt because the breeze is rather chilly at that altitude in the evening and night time hours.

    Wally Loucks completed Liberty Lake Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Stevens Lakes

    about 1 year ago

    A nice jaunt to the lower lake; arrived in an hour. The upper is another ~25 mins.

    The trail is steep in sections and is covered with loose rock. A typical hike in this neck of the woods. Hot today and plenty of folks on the move but an enjoyable 4 hours away from Spokane.

    Wally Loucks completed Stevens Lakes

    about 1 year ago

    Wally Loucks reviewed Green Monarch Ridge Trail: Johnson Saddle to Schafer Peak

    about 1 year ago

    Interval training at its best. A motorcyclist thrashed the trail in the steep sections to increase the challenge but the views at the summit are unmatched at this point in my summer hiking feats.

    Wally Loucks reviewed Green Monarch Ridge Trail: Johnson Saddle to Schafer Peak

    over 1 year ago

    The 7 mile stretch of road 278 to reach the trail head is maintained but narrow in sections and curvy. The drive up is very scenic, however, logging was underway so I passed two fully loaded trucks on the road. The first occurred in a wider section while the second was near the peak where the road narrows so I had to back down 150 yards to facilitate the safe passage between our vehicles.

    The trail is well worn, simple to follow, but multi-use so a motorcyclist had wasted the stretches over the steepest sections thus adding to the challenge given the newly tilled, loose rock and soil. Be prepared the hike is fairly demanding. Inbound was about 2 hours and an hour to return to my truck.

    There isn't much to see along the way but the view at the top is outstanding.

    Wally Loucks reviewed Lone Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    A scenic hike; moderate to steep trail that is camouflaged in areas by the lush plant life but be patient and you will find your way. Plenty of wild flowers in bloom today.

    The lake and surrounding mountain tops, forest and thick, green under growth combine for a picturesque setting that makes this trek worth your time. I spent another fantastic day on this trail with my MM.

    Wally Loucks completed Lone Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago