Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Miller Peak Iron Bear Loop

From reading, Miller Peak loop is one of his favorite hike.  So I decided to do the loop.  We have a new foster, Champ.  He has been hiking last 2 weeks, and hopefully he would enjoy the hike.

Blue at the Miller Peak

Champ and Blue at the Miller Peak

Champ an Sly at the Miller Peak

Champ and Sly want me to throw a stick.
Trio at the Iron Bear Peak
Champ at the Iron Bear Peak

Champ had a wonderful time.  He relied on Blue's lead.  He will be a fine hiker.

I checked off the Miller Peak and moved it to the Do Not Repeat list.  The trail is shared by humans, horses, motor cycles, and cattle.  There were so many piles of big dark green pudgy piles of cattle poop up to about 5000 ft high.  It is unavoidable to step on the poop. No wonder there were no hikers.  On the way back, 2 herds of black cattle were ahead of us.  So Blue had to stay behind me, and of course Champ was in leash but trying to herd the cattle.  

Kendall Peak, Katwalk, and Toru on September 4, 2011

Toru came to visit from Yokohama.  This is his first visit to the United States.  We took him to a tourist attraction.  

Going to Kendall Peak.  Toru is down there making his way up to the Kendall Peak.

Almost at the Peak

Toru made it!

Toru holding Mountaineers' Registry.  Mount Thomson behind.

Toru resting at the top  with Mount Rainier in the back ground

Mountaineer's Registry

Blue at the top

Blue investigating the Peak

What's down there?

This is Blue's second hike to the  Kendall Peak

Blue is happy

Toru and Blue at the Peak

Toru on Kendall Katwalk.  We did the Peak first and then the Katwalk, just about a mile from the Peak.

Finished the hike.  Toru at the trail head.  Toru will work on his endurance and strength.  Next year, I want to take him to another tourist attraction, Rampart Lakes through Rocky Run.  


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Beverly-Bean Creek Loop

We did this hike on August 14, 2011.  It turned out to be a bigger hike than I planned.  I usually plan a hike from looking at maps and reading trip reports from,, and  Sometimes my plan is accurate.  Other times I am off.  This hike, I was off by 2 miles and whopping 2000 ft.  We went over 4 passes, 16 miles, and 5600 feet in 10 hours.

 I-90 East to Cle Elum, off exit 85. Cross over the freeway overpass and turn north on 970.  Cross the Teanaway River bridge.  In about a mile, turn left (North) onto Teanaway Road.  It becomes North Fork Teanaway Road.  Pass the campground on the left and continue on the  unpaved Forest Road 9737.  Continue another 4 miles, then turn right (East) onto 9737-112 Beverly Creek.  The road ends in about 1.4 miles which is the Beverly Creek trail head.  2 hours drive from Issaquah.  There was a warning sign at the trail head about ornery goats blocking the trail.  I have only seen them from a distance and hope to meet them close by.

Blue on his way to the Bean Peak
Elcee on her way to the Bean Peak

At the Bean Peak with Navaho Peak in the back ground.  We will be going through the Navaho Pass.
In front of the Volcanic Neck
Elcee found snow 
She eats it, slides it, and rubs on it.  
Blue and Elcee on a patch of snow

Saddle between Bean Peak and Volcanic Neck
We have to go down the slippery sandy down hill

High tech communication in the back country.  A hiker left a message for his/her party.
Without the cairns, it is hard to find a boot path.  It was a pleasant walk in the meadows until another slippery steep hike up to the second pass 

Sly and Blue at the second pass.  We went down the hill on the right to go through the Navaho Pass
Navaho Pass and County Line Trail

Blue taking a break, a rare sight.  He never takes a break during hikes

At the Bean Pass.  Elcee too is tired.

This is Elcee's last hike with us.
Elcee went home the next day on Sunday.  She now lives in Spokane with her new humans.   She has a very good life there.  We miss her a lot.    

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kendall Peak

On October 3rd, 2010, we finally went to Kendall Peak.  I hiked the Kendall Katwalk many times but this was the first time for the Peak.  I-90 east, exit 52.  At the end of the ramp, turn left and go under the freeway.  In 100 yards, turn right into the PCT parking lot.  Kendall Katwalk is very crowded during summer and well hiked even in winter.  At 5200 ft, look for a big tree stump on the left and on the right is a faint boot path.  The turn off to the peak is easily missed.  Car to car:  6 hours.  Total miles:  11.6.  Grade 2 scramble.  Elevation gain: 2797 ft.  High point:  5784 ft. 

Blue at the peak with Mt. Rainier behind.
 Blue looking down.  Lundin Peak on the left and Red Mountain in the middle. 


Sly and Mount Thomson behind

 Lundin Peak

Blue in the cloud

It was a decent hike.  Gradual ascent, well maintained trail, and some rocky areas.  It is a part of the Pacific Crest Trail.  You can continue to the Kendall Katwalk and to the Ridge Lake and beyone.  I have done up to the Ridge Lake (16+ miles RT).  But I avoid this hike during summer becasue it is very popular.  On this day, I only saw a few people.  It was windy and cloudy with sprinkles.  Wind moved the thick cloud so fast that view changed every minute.  Peaks hid under the cloud in one moment and poking out in another.  Kendall Peak so reachable and views so grand, it was an awesome hike.