Rock Candy Mountain Trail
Super wet trail. Main parking lot was still closed, so there's limited parking on the road. Unfortunately, it's right next to the gun range, so there's lots of noise on this one. Pretty muddy throughout. Signage could be better, as there's no distances and it's confusing. No views here, and no real good spots for lunch, so we went off-trail and carved out our own.
Did this a little backwards. Took the main entrance from the small creek, up via Red Creek trail and military road to the damn. The falls were awesome due to the ice. We climbed up right next to the falls and went pretty far up the creek, crossing several times over the large fallen timbers. Had lunch at the top of the falls, and got back on the main trail to finish the loop. Took a bit of a side trip becuse we turned the wrong way on Coal Creek trail.
Rattlesnake Mountain - from the back
Tried a different trail to Rattlesnake. This is a new trailhead, and very well groomed. Pretty steep from this side, but well worth it because there are WAY fewer hikers here (than the main trailhead). Great views of Mt. Si & Mailbox from the top. Lots of snow and ice past Stan's Overlook, so microspikes are recommended. Would be a good hike to leave a car at the main entrance and complete the trail over to the other side. Good run down.
Mt. Washington UnMaintained Trail
One of our favorite hikes, and we made it even BETTER by starting at a different spot. Just after the first climb up from the trailhead, turn right onto the dirt road towards Twin Falls, and go directly into the forest to the left (at the trap camera).
It's a great scramble up. Some people tried following us, thinking that this was the trail, but quickly turned around once they saw what they were in to.
We met the trail about a mile up.
This trail is littered with tins if great stuff - waterfalls, caves, ans cool viewpoints.
Always a great run - pretty technical because of the rocky terrain.
Dirty Harry's Balcony and Museum
2nd time doing ths one, but we didn't plan on hitting the peak. Got to the balcony and it just seemed too short, so we hit the Museum area (ofcourse, you don't actually SEE anything), and went off-trail to find a lunch spot.
This is an awesome hike, with a very challenging run down due to the rocks. The trail is pretty much entirely covered in little boulders. Lots of elevation, and never much of a crowd.
Tiger Mountain - High Point Trail via Dwight's Way
Lots of decent elevation for a small hike. Not a lot to look at, as it's pretty much all enclosed, but still a nice hike. Good run down, and good if you're limited for time.
Denny Creek Trail 1014 to Snowshoe Falls
Epic snow battle past Snowshoe Falls - really deep powder made this a tough climb. All streams and falls looked AMAZING in the ice and snow.
GPS within Everytrail screwed up again (what's new), so this was more like a 10mile hike than what it shows here. Seemed like 20.
Stopped just short of Melakwa lake under a large pine for lunch, and turned around due to time. Super run down in the snow. We still ended up coming down in the dark (last picture) using our headlamps.
2nd time on Cedar Butte. Good elevation and a good running trail down. We took a different way down to explore, but it turned out to be a shortcut, so the run down was too short (although still eealy good). We took a side-trip down the trail next to the bridge, which turned out to be a great little scramble - took a nice break on a log crossing the stream. It was a nice addition.
Little Si - Boulder Loop Trail
Started a new tradition - Xmas morning hike ! Very surprised to see a bunch of hikers doing the same thing... figured we'd have the place to ourselves.
This is one of the most popular local hikes, so I guess we should've known.
Always a great little hike, with an awesome run down. We elected to go off-trail a bit to explore some of the rocks/caves and have lunch in solitude up on the cliffs, so we didn't end up going to the top today... the kids wanted to get home and unwrap presents :0)
Bandera Mountain via Ira Spring Trail No. 1038
2nd time here, but we went to Mason lake the first time. This was all about going up to Bandera.
The access road has been patched, and is WAAAAY better now.
Great hike up to the fork, and then she gets steeeeeeep. Definitely needed the MicroSpikes in the snow. A couple of people didn't have them, and you could see where they'd fallen (everywhere).
It's almost harder coming down.