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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-09-2012, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Sat Sep 8, 2012
My second time doing this fabulous trail. Definitely popular, but for good reason. The weather was perfect, the alpine flowers still in bloom.


As we came out of the forest, our two friends who had never been here before were hit full force by the awesome beauty of this place. There may have been some singing and dancing...

I can't begin to describe how funny it was to see this muscular 6'4" viking dude dancing like a ballerina!
<sung in falsetto> "The hills are alive with the sound of muuuusic!"
Some other hikers arrive.
<voices all switch to baritone> "Oh hey" "Howdy" "How's it going?" "Beautiful day."

We headed along the ridge and stopped for lunch at the high point of the trail. This seems to be the turnaround spot for most people.


The trail carries on for a bit, so we thought we'd check out the "next rise". Okay, maybe just one more. Aw hell, this is great! We kept going all the way to Chowder Ridge. I stopped to give my daughter a break and Maria and Trev zipped up to the top of the ridge to have a look around. Looks like you can just walk right on over to Hadley Peak. Distance is the only limiting factor.


Alas, it was finally time to go. Our water actually ran out just before we re-entered the forest. But, in true mountain style, we snacked on Baby Bels and juicy apples for nourishment, and washed it down with trail dust.
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Haha great dancing shots!
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The hills are alive! Fun report and stunning pictures! Drove to the TH last week to check it out hoping for some views but only caught a glimpse of the ridge. Will most definately be back to hike this one after reading your report and seeing your pics. Thanks for sharing!
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After a fogged in trip to Mt. Baker Yellow Aster Bute, really appreciate your report and photos. Heard more about Skyline Divide, and your photos have strongly re-inforced my interest in this area.

Hope next time, we skip the clouds.

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How's the road? We did it this time last year and it was mostly fine for 2wd.
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We did this hike the exact same day and had no problems with our very low clearance Mazda5.

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quoteavid and Karen Posted - 09/27/2012 : 12:11 PM
We did this hike the exact same day and had no problems with our very low clearance Mazda5.
You were on the trail the same day? I'm trying to remember if I ran into you. We were a group of 3 guys, 1 woman, 1 toddler.
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How's the road? We did it this time last year and it was mostly fine for 2wd.
The road is well maintained, but there are bumpy spots and occasional ninja-like potholes so you don't want to go too fast.
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We saw quite a few toddlers that day so I don't specifically remember seeing you. Did you go up in the afternoon? I recall a couple packing a toddler up in a backpack in the parking lot as we got back to the trailhead. Our report is here, we had our 7 year old daughter and 4 year old son along, they did great! http://www.nwhikers.net/forums/viewt...156&highlight=
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