After spending the past five years constantly in search of new trails to explore, new lakes to see, and new mountain peaks to summit, the list of new options within a drive from Seattle start looking slim.
Two new trails topped my list this year – mt pilchuck and mt dickerman on the mountain loop highway. And with a forecast of sun and high 70s, yesterday was the perfect day to start tackling that list. First up: Mt Dickerman.
The drive alone is enough to wake up the senses — mountain peaks, crystal blue creeks, endless trees. The hike, with a tough 4.3 mile trek to the top, starts with constant switchbacks and a teasing view of distant peaks. But halfway through the trail opens up and the scenery is awe inspiring. On a clear day, you cannot beat the 360 views of glacier peak, mount baker and endless small peaks of the north cascades. A view that truly drives home why the NW is best.
It’s hard to do the views justice. Take a tour with this short video.