I went on my first serious hike yesterday and it may have been a little premature. It kinda kicked my butt...wait, my butt was fine but my knees felt like I just had a run in with Jeff Gillooly.
Anyway...I decided to hike to the Tatoosh Wilderness, a place that I had not been before. The trail starts in dense forest at an elevation of about 2300 ft. and rises steeply for about 3 miles. At this point you transition to subalpine terrain and then along Tatoosh Ridge.
My first pic features the Sage 4.
There was still quite a bit of snow on some portions of the trail. You can see some of it here looking back at the trail with Goat Rocks, Packwood Lake and Mt. Adams in the background. At this point I was at an elevation of about 5000 ft.
Here's a shot from the same location looking the opposite direction.
The trail goes through a small gap and then heads up the other side of the ridge. Here I got a glimpse of Mt. Rainier.
And then Mt. St. Helens.
The last part of this trail follows the ridge line to Tatoosh Peak.
Here's a shot further up the ridge looking toward the top. I decided to stop here (at about 6100 ft. elevation and 6.8 miles in) because I had already taken much longer than I expected and the snow covered trail did not look inviting.
Here's a couple of shots looking back down the ridge.
On my way down and back in the forest I stopped to cool off at Hinkle Tinkle Creek. The lighting wasn't good but I needed another knife pic.
Overall I did 11.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 3800 ft. I hope you enjoyed the pics!