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Gold Creek Trail #1314

Gold Creek Trail #1314

The trail then climbs over rocky outcroppings and through thick forests, offering numerous small creek crossings. The trail ends with a sign that marks the unmaintained trail to Joe Lake and Alaska Lake. Glimpse the beautiful mountain meadow before adventuring onward or following the trail home.

by November 10, 2011 0 comments Trail of the Week
Trail above Sunrise campsite, the morning started hot with temperatures reaching the 90s.  The next day brought thunder and lightning showers.  Photo by Sheri Goodwin.

Shades of Mount Rainier on the Wonderland Trail

I felt fortunate when I won the National Park Service lottery to hike the 90-miles (plus) around Mount Rainier on the Wonderland Trail. However, by[Read More…]

by August 3, 2015 0 comments Community, Trails
In Search of Gold – Traversing the Chilkoot Trail

In Search of Gold – Traversing the Chilkoot Trail

It was 1897 in a creek three hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle in the heart of Canada’s Yukon Territory, when gold was discovered[Read More…]

by September 11, 2014 0 comments Community, Trails
The Golden Horn

The Land of the Golden Larches

Like the prospectors of old, I lust after gold. I leave everything behind in the endless hunt for “all that glitters”. But my treasure is[Read More…]

by May 29, 2014 0 comments Trails
Umtanum Creek Falls

Umtanum Creek Falls

There’s still time to scurry to the east side where fall color is making its last stand at Umtanum Falls and other trails in the region. The transitional seasons, spring and fall, are my favorites for this short but spectacular hike.

by December 18, 2013 0 comments Trails
John Muir Trail 5: Thousand Island Lakes to Happy Isles

John Muir Trail 5: Thousand Island Lakes to Happy Isles

The morning sun was warm on our backs as we stood high in the sky atop the aptly named, huge stacked-granite mound called Cloud’s Rest at 9926’ and looked down 1100 feet to the top of Half Dome and over a mile down to the Yosemite Valley floor below. Today we would finish our journey along the northern John Muir Trail among the masses of humanity in the Valley, having started 13 days and 144 miles earlier in Bishop.

by February 19, 2013 0 comments Fireside, Trail of the Week, Trails
John Muir Trail Part 4: Piute Creek to Red’s Meadow

John Muir Trail Part 4: Piute Creek to Red’s Meadow

If the song of the southern John Muir Trail was a Wagner opera, starkly beautiful and moving with long buildups to dramatic crescendos, then the song of the northern Muir Trail was a lilting Vivaldi symphony: many changes of tempo, full of bright loveliness and depth, but sometimes also inspiring tears of pain.

by February 16, 2013 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
Gold Creek Pond Snowshoe

Gold Creek Pond Snowshoe

Gold Creek Pond is one of the easiest snowshoe hikes near Snoqualmie Pass with great views to the head of Gold Creek valley. The valley is situated below the formidable cliffs of Rampart Ridge, Chikamin Ridge and other Snoqualmie peaks. The loop around Gold Creek Pond is suitable for snowshoers and cross-country skiers of all ages and abilities.

by February 12, 2013 0 comments Trail of the Week, Trails
John Muir Trail Part III: Golden Staircase to Evolution Basin

John Muir Trail Part III: Golden Staircase to Evolution Basin

From where we sat with our backs against a white-speckled granite rock on the top of Mather Pass at 12,100 feet in the southern Sierra, the view could have fit with any good post-apocalyptic science fiction novel: bare jumbled rock spreading away to the horizon south and north, rimmed by the next column of stark dry peaks, sparse alpine plants clinging to fragile rootholds, scattered tarns reflecting the striking blue sky above, and not another soul in sight for miles. It would be easy to imagine that something big went “BOOM!” here and the lifeless land had not yet healed its scars.

by February 4, 2013 0 comments Fireside, Trail of the Week, Trails
John Muir Trail Part II: Forester Pass to Rae Lakes

John Muir Trail Part II: Forester Pass to Rae Lakes

The John Muir Trail’s narrow tread stretched ahead across the flatland as far as our eyes could see, with ghostly grey-blue peaks framing the vista from southeast to northwest in the far distance, and the shadows of fast-scudding clouds zipping quickly westward across the flat lands in front of us.

by January 17, 2013 0 comments Fireside, Trail of the Week, Trails