Sunday, September 19, 2010

Lundin Peak, Red Pass, Commonwealth Basin, Red Pond, and Mick

Lundin Peak, Red Pass

I-90 East, Exit 52 (Snoqualmie Pass West).  At the end of the ramp, turn left (north) and go under freeway.  In about 100yeards, take the first right to the PCT trailhead.  25 yards past the outhouse, take the second left trail which is unmarked and brushy.  This part of the trail is unmaintained but is in great shape.  Most people will go straight to go to the crowded Kendall Katwalk.  Today, we are headed to the Red Pass and Lundin Peak.  7.65 miles RT, elevation gain 2732'.  Vey nice maintained trail with switch backs was luxurious compared to the straight-up trails we did last 3 hikes.   Ran into a few people but not too crowded.  Did meet a ranger who threatened to fine $125 per dog. 

Blue at Lundin Peak

Fearless Mick, our new foster boy, is in leash because he might jump off the cliff.  Isn't he handsome?

Blue and Mick

Handsome Mick with the Red Mountain behind.

Mick is 2.9137-year-old high energy real deal border collie.  He came from a Spokane shelter because his time was up and no one came for him. 

On the way back, we stopped at the Red Pond for hydration. 

Blue at the Red Pond.

I feel so lucky because we evaded rain.  I was prepared with a refuse collection bag (improvised raincoat), umbrella, and waterproof jacket.  But sun was out most of the time, and I wished I had sunscreen.  It was a luxurous hike compared to the Kaleetan Peak, Alta Mountain, and Rampart Ridge/Lakes.  Maintained switchbacks are so kind to the knees.  Other than being scolded by a ranger, it was a pleasant hike, and as usual dogs were quiet after the hike.