We made it! Those three words are pretty important to hiker and backpackers the world over. Being able to take on a challenge, and conquer it, is the whole point of this lifestyle. Below, I have a picture from each hike, typically the end goal, such as a scenic view or an important spot, or something that shows we made it to our goal. Each hike will have a picture and a small description below it.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Soundview/Grandview Trails

Training Hike #13: "52 Hikes in 52 Weeks"; Soundview/Grandview Trails; University Place, WA. Hiked on April 1, 2012 by myself. Loop Distance: 3.25 miles; 200 feet elevation loss and gain. Total Distance Hiked: 3.19 miles (GPS Verified). Most memorable moment: Chuckling at a sign warning of stray golf balls.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Gold Creek Trail at Green Mountain

Training Hike #12: "52 Hikes in 52 Weeks"; Gold Creek Trail; Belfair, WA. Hiked on March 25, 2012 with my family. Distance to top: 2.5 miles; 1000 feet elevation gain. Total Distance Hiked: 5 miles round trip. Most memorable moment: Sharing a perfect picnic at the top with my family.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Manstash Hike (Manastash Ridge)

Training Hike #11: "52 Hikes in 52 Weeks"; Manastash Ridge; Thorp, WA. Hiked on March 18, 2012 with Jeff and me. Distance: 2 miles; 2038 feet elevation gain. Total Distance Hiked: 4 miles round trip. Most memorable moment: MUD!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Training Hike #10: "52 Hikes in 52 Weeks"; Tacoma Narrows Bridge; Tacoma, WA. Walked on March 11, 2012 by myself. Distance: 1.69 miles; nominal elevation gain; Total Distance Hiked: 3.4 miles round trip. Most memorable moment: Looking over to the west and seeing a giant rain cloud looming over and getting caught in a combination of wind, rain, sleet, hail, ice and whatever else Mother Nature was in the mood to hit me with.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Gold Creek Trail Fail

Makeup Hike for Feb 18, 2012; Training Hike #9: "52 Hikes in 52 Weeks"; Gold Creek Trail; Belfair, WA. Hiked on March 7, 2012 by myself. Distance: 4.5 miles; No elevation gain; Total Distance Hiked: 4.5 miles. Most memorable moment: Realizing I missed the turn and walked off 2 miles in the wrong direction before coming to the end of the road and realizing I messed up. Better luck next time.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Dry Creek Hike

Training Hike #8: "52 Hikes in 52 Weeks"; Dry Creek Trail; Hoodsport, WA. Hiked on February 11, 2012 by myself. Distance: 4.2 miles, plus .3 miles to access; 800 feet elevation gain; Total Distance hiked: 9 miles round trip. Most memorable moment: enjoying the peace and quiet of not seeing a single person from the time I got out of the car to the time I got back.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Penrose Point State Park Hike

Training Hike #7: "52 Hikes in 52 Weeks"; Penrose Point State Park Trail; Lakebay, WA. Hiked on February 5, 2012 with Lindsay, Michael, Rory, Kobun and me. Distance: 2 miles; 170 ft elevation gain; Total Distance hiked: 2 miles. Most memorable moment: enjoying the first picnic of the year with my family.