Another year of hiking comes to an end. Elizabeth and I spent the spring in the Bay Area, as usual. But with summer came bigger adventures, including two backpacking trips in the Trinity Alps and a vacation to the Olympic Peninsula. We also did our longest backpacking trip yet, the Rae Lakes Loop.
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In the fall of 2009 I made a promise to myself that I would really explore the Trinity Alps for the first time; this summer, I made good on it. This overnight trip had the most spectacular and diverse scenery of the year, and good friends and perfect weather made it even better.
Elizabeth and I spent four days hiking on the Olympic Peninsula in July and, to be honest, every day was great. But this short ridge hike with my brother had not only amazing scenery, but encounters with bears, mountain goats, deer, and snowshoe hares. The best wildlife of the year, by far.
At 46 miles in 4 days, this was the longest backpacking trip Elizabeth and I had ever done. This trip had everything the Sierra has to offer, in massive doses: ancient forests, roaring rivers, alpine meadows, and granite peaks.
Another Olympic Peninsula hike, this one was a wonderful mix of lowland rainforests and wild, open beach. This trip was easy, scenic, and included ancient Indian petroglyphs carved into seaside rocks.
We kicked off the summer hiking season with this Fourth-of-July trip to the most popular part of the Trinity Alps. The popularity is well-deserved: Canyon Creek delivers with stately forests, huge waterfalls, and awesome alpine scenery.