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Mount Rose 4.19.13

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:

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HIKETOHEIGHTS 5/14/2013 2:01PM

    This place looks amazing! Your hiking spots are so beautiful, but I imagine you know that. I have a bunch of family stuff going on so I won't get much hiking done so I will have to live vicariously through you Wendy.

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1BEACHWALKER 5/13/2013 12:20AM

    Wow!! Another gorgeous hike! You are a true mountain woman-doing hours of hiking! emoticon The link didn't work, said there was an error for me.
Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to your next one! We had a nice vacation and you might enjoy my latest blog! Thanks for stopping by the last two!
Have a great week! emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 5/5/2013 12:11AM

    Beautiful hike as usual. Love the 3rd picture, and the Mushroom is interesting!

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KAYOTIC 4/30/2013 11:01PM

    Great pics, it looks nothing like the Mt Rose here in Reno, which I look at every day out my window....much more lush and green forests...mine is sage and rock, but mine still has the snow too.

Hope you get to summit when conditions are better!

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SUNNYARIZONA 4/30/2013 10:18PM

    That link doesn't work.....Have to say MT. ROSE! Ha. My Mom was a ROSE!
Have missed seeing blogs from you. Hope all is ok!

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TMCLEOD4 4/27/2013 9:07PM

    You always pick hikes I've never heard of or, at least, never been to. Looks like a great place. Thanks for sharing.

By the way, I don't know how I missed this post. Sorry for the late reply.

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FLORIDAGHOST 4/26/2013 12:13PM

    Great shots! Wish I were coming back to WA so I could go on a hike with you. I know I'd slow you down for more than out of shape for hiking, as I'd be taking pictures and looking at so many things and for me, it's smarter to stop walking to look rather than continue on and fall flat on my face after tripping over a rock or chipmonk!

Loved the trail up through the woods. WA has some of the prettiest forests and if you really look you can find so many interesting things about the way it grows, survives, falls down and starts again.

I'll make it back some day. Bob is going in for surgery (Lithotripsie) on May 6th. He won't be doing too much for about a week after. Let Dan know, will you? Have a great one!

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LINDAKAY228 4/22/2013 11:26AM

    You always have such amazing hikes! Sounds like for safety it was wise to turn around before reaching the top but there will be another day!

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FRENCHTOSD 4/21/2013 2:46PM

    That is amazing, Wendy. You are such an adventurer!

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OUTDOORGIRL71 4/20/2013 10:21PM

    Always love your pictures. Thanks

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SUSUSUZZZIE 4/20/2013 3:17PM

    Wow! Looks like a wonderful hike and very deserving of burgers and shakes! Can't wait to see pics of what it looks like for your return visit!

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