Summers in Seattle get busy. The weather is only sunny from about July 5 through my birthday (mid-September) every year, and so everything interesting gets crammed into those ~12 weeks. When you’re talking about a couple of music festivals, a handful of inevitable weddings, two holidays, and at least one or two weekends consumed by vacation, half your summer is already gone.
And yet, Seattle is at the heart of what I consider the most beautiful region of the country, and just screams to be explored. The Puget Sound, the coastal ocean beaches, the thousands of rivers and lakes. The Cascades, Snoqualmie Region, Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St Helens, Mt. Hood. The forests & rainforests! The peninsulas and islands!
So a goal was set last year — put a dedicated effort into hiking every Sunday possible. Last year was kicked off by a 12-miler at Tiger Mountain, and followed by 6 or 7 additional hikes that year. But to me, that wasn’t enough. There is so much more to see, and I want to experience it all!
Long story short, I went on a hike yesterday. While it’s easiest to drive the 30 minutes out to the Issaquah region, where you can find hundreds of trails, I instead decided to trek out the 2 hours into the North Cascades for a 10-mile hike on the Elliot Trail loop up to Goat Lake; and it was stunning. Above are a few shots of the mountains, which turn jagged, steep, and perpetually snowy in that region. Just gorgeous.