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Hike to Hidden Lake Lookout

It had been a while since I last hiked and I wanted to do one even though there was widespread smoke from Canadian fires. The destination being Hidden Lake Lookout was one other reason. We started at 6:05 AM from Park and Ride and reached trailhead around 8:30 AM. Last few miles trailhead was not paved had many potholes. The organizer didn’t make it to trailhead even after 30 mins, so we left a note and started with the hike. After a mile of shade, the trail is exposed the entire way. Snow made a lot of difference wrt views and we couldn’t see the surrounding mountains much. Bugs troubled us a lot for the first couple of miles. I kept a good pace and hiked conversing with a fellow hiker. We made it the base of the lookout and then something unexpected happened.

A fellow hiker had made it to the lookout and we saw him from the base. We thought he said come straight up scrambling and we started with the scramble. I had heard that there was another route around but I chose scrambling. After few distance everyone except a girl and I chose to take the trail around. I still chose to scramble as I was already half way up. The last 100 feet of the scramble looked doable and I started with it. I got to know the difficulty only when I got close to it. I was climbing on near vertical sections. I was not wearing my usual hiking pants, so that too troubled me a bit. Also, the rocks didn’t look that stable, so I was constantly worried. The girl chose to follow me and I ensured I didn’t launch any rocks over her. I dislodged one huge rock but fortunately, it didn’t start rolling down. I was so glad I made it to the top in one piece. It was extremely scary and stupid of me.

The views from the top was much better than expected with Hidden lake, rocky and snow covered mountains around. The lookout was interesting too. It had a nice bed, books, cards, games and many other stuff. It’s first come first serve and a couple had already claimed it. We spent ample time at the summit and started the descent. I took off and ran most of the switchbacks since I was getting uncomfortable from the heat. Due to a variety of exercises over last few weeks I didn’t get knee pain this time. We then drove to Cascadian farm for ice cream. I chose to Espresso flavor hoping that it would keep me awake for the rest of the drive. But fellow passengers and I had healthy conversations throughout which made it a lot easier to stay awake.

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Hike to Mt Pilchuk

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Clouds had covered most of the places around the Mountain loop highway and we had almost no expectations for the views from the summit. I had heard that views from the summit are great. A Russian lady in our group told that she is a weather talker and asked the Universe for views from the top. It was encouraging but without resting my hopes on it, I started hiking with a fast pace.

It was quite cold at the trailhead and we started hiking in the clouds on rocky terrain when trees opened up. It kinda reminded me of few mountains in India where there are huge rocks. Mathew, the organizer pointed me to the blast holes in the rocks caused due to the dynamites. When asked a group who were descending about the views from the top, they said that we would be above the clouds at the summit and it was great. But I didn’t expect such spectacle from the top.

The lookout was hidden till the very end and I was above the cloud layer. A ridge ran along and there were people all along. It’s a popular mountain and it was sunny which brought many people. After a short scramble to the lookout, I made it to the top and was surprised at the beauty. I was impressed at the lookout which was quite spacious and sturdy atop the cocks. I went to the rocks beside the lookout and waited there for the rest of the group.It was amazing up there and I imagined swimming in the clouds below me. A guy came and he pointed a pointy rock near me and said that its the rock on which usually people post pictures with. He hopped on to it and then i realized how awesome the pictures were. Soon everyone started doing it and I got my own. Once our group joined, Mathew started pointing out the mountains. We could see Mt Rainier, Glacier Peak, Three Fingers, Mt Baker, etc.

The cloud layer had gone down a bit while descending. The hike turned out exactly what the Russian lady had asked for. Clouds while ascending since its much comfortable hiking in the shade and clear views from the top.

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