Saturday, April 20, 2013
We hiked at Mount Rose in the Olympics, for the first time, today. The first 1.8 miles to the JCT at Horsecamp the trail is in great shape and easy to follow though steep.
After that it gets STEEPer and snow makes it hard to follow the trail.
After post-holing deep a few times I was ready to turn back about 3/4 mile before the summit. I hate giving up but it was the smart thing for us to do. We will go back when the snow melts and make it all the way.
Gaining so much elevation made it feel like the first training hike for the season. It felt great! It was some serious cardio going up and a bit painful for our old knees and feet going down.
On the way down we took a side trail to a waterfall and another one on a huge bolder that was steep and a little slippery. I see why the main trail goes around this but it's so interesting with all the moss that we just had to explore.
We were tired and starving after six hours of hiking and stopped at the first food place we came to and enjoyed burgers and milkshakes.
It was a fun day!
Here are some of the best shots:
This is Lake Cushman from the road near the trailhead.
I've been playing with My Tracks on my phone and this shows our whole hike: