I had first attempted this mountain with few inters on 4th of July – 2015 and this was my first hike in the Pacific North West region. We were hardly prepared for this hike and couldn’t summit that day.
Someone recently posted on the meetup about this hike and I took it as an opportunity to take another shot and glad I did. We summited it quite comfortably(cold was a slight issue) this time but clouds blocked the views at the summit. It was amazing that I could remember the trail from my previous attempt so much and I enjoyed retracing it. The trail gains 3000ft elevation in the first 2 miles and that was what we had completed during the first attempt. We had done the steepest and toughest part but it was still 3 miles more to the summit.
While coming down, at places I could slide just on my shoes which was fun. There was a creek to be crossed and I was almost crushed by the loose stones while stepping on the bank. It didn’t take too long for the descent and it was a good hike.