My one goal this past weekend was just to make it above 9000Ft on our hike. I had wanted to hit a new trail and then we got on I70 going west on a Saturday morning. It was a parking lot even before Evergreen which is pretty bad. With the traffic nightmare ahead of us, I just pulled off at Evergreen and hit Bergen Peak( Hike details here). It gets above 9500Ft and is an excellent workout. Can I tell you how nice it was to have the knowledge to switch hikes at the drop of a hat! It was a proud moment for me.
The trail wasn’t too bad at all, yes there was snow and ice but not near the levels it was last spring or even this past fall. In fact, it had less snow than Evergreen Mt the weekend before, which is just down the road from it. It did still slow us down, that and hiking with our new backpacks on with some added weight made the whole hike take about 5 hours. It felt great! I was exhausted from the added intensity that snow brings to a hike. Plus the day was almost perfect with beautiful blue skies and almost no wind.
Oh and everyone must have been skiing, because we practically had it to ourselves until the last mile down. A great day of hiking for sure.
We felt very good Sunday morning and so suited back up and hit an easy 5 miles at South Valley Ranch. I felt so good, in fact, I added 5 lbs to my backpack for Sunday’s hike which effectively made it suck. Who knew 5 lbs would kill me like that!?!?! I was like the little kid being dragged along with my head and shoulders hanging down the whole way. And while Aaron was sweet enough to offer to take my extra weight, I refused because how else am I going to get used to it if I just throw stuff in his pack when it starts to feel hard. It made our quick 5 miles take a little longer then we hoped.
The day itself was AMAZING – 63 and sunny. We were hiking in shorts and just our shirt. Being on this trail on a nice day showed how insanely busy it gets. We were hiking with 100 or more other people, while more were showing up all the time.
Last Thursday I got to go to Seattle for a weekend of fun with my bestie Jason and his fiancé Molly, so no hike last weekend, but we plan to make up for it with 2 hikes again this weekend. I need to get my altitude lungs back quick because on 2/8 is our all day guided snow shoe and I am crazy excited for it.
I am itching to get out and hike now, it is going to be a long week of work!
Get out there and hike if you can!