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    OT: OC Hiking Trip?

    Hey all, I know it's getting annoying with me posting Off-Topic threads and all, but I was just thinking, with May just around the corner, how about a nice hike in the woods? And here comes the next part, is OC in the Woods/Hiking trails a good thing? like is it Ok, or do folks prefer to CC up there?

    I went for a drive out on the Mountain Loop Highway, and discovered several trails I want to try out. I need to form a group to get the most out of it(and for safety!). Even if just one other person joins me on the trek. They're not long & grueling trails, just short day hikes, that's all.
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    Of course it's a good idea...there are cougar's, after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jt59 View Post
    Of course it's a good idea...there are cougar's, after all.
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    Of course it's a good idea...there are cougar's, after all.
    I have hiked many a mile in the Issaquah Alps, the only cougar I have seen so far walk on two legs. I keep my 45 on my side just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jt59 View Post
    Of course it's a good idea...there are cougar's, after all.
    I like cougars......lol.....
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    There does look like some good stuff up the Mtn Loop. I just went on a short evening hike on Monday up to Heather Lake to get a few turns in (skis)...no skiing happened though. The place sounded like a warzone...BIG avy's on the next drainage over. Wish I was up on the ridge to see em. Oh and I wasn't OCing on the way up (still haven't figured out my MINI chest rig setup yet)...but after passing by three creepy teenagers (prob Granite Fall-ites), I decided to attach the holster to my waistbelt for the trip back down. Figures, the hour or so I take off my gun during that day, I come across creepers.

    Three Fingers Lookout would be cool before it fully melts out (so it's not a zoo up there and you could even spend the night).

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    If it is not raining then I will always OC on a hike. Also, I actually have seen a cougar (4-legged kind) while grouse hunting outside of Ashford. Figures I left my rifle at home that day.
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    plenty of cougars out there. If you see one its because it made a mistake and you got lucky, otherwise they are watching you. here kitty kitty. Don't worry they usually let you pass, but just to be safe... stop look and listen. I love the woods

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    I would be down for a hike depending on day and location. Wallace Falls out by Gold Bar hike is always fun too
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    I'd be up for hiking, but my May (after 19th) work schedule has me off Wed and Thursday.
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    I love to hike...getting a bit slow these days, but I love to hike...I have always OCd when hiking. The only conversations I have had with other people on the trail have been positive. German tourists especially interested in being able to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FMJ 911 View Post
    Hey all, I know it's getting annoying with me posting Off-Topic threads and all, but I was just thinking, with May just around the corner, how about a nice hike in the woods? And here comes the next part, is OC in the Woods/Hiking trails a good thing? like is it Ok, or do folks prefer to CC up there?

    I went for a drive out on the Mountain Loop Highway, and discovered several trails I want to try out. I need to form a group to get the most out of it(and for safety!). Even if just one other person joins me on the trek. They're not long & grueling trails, just short day hikes, that's all.
    I'm definitely up for it. Just make sure you let me know what days you're Planning as soon as you can so I can get the days off. My work schedule is done by the month.

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    I was thinking sometime around Late-May or Early-June. That's when most of the trails officially open, and some of the snow has melted. Some places, like Mount Pilchuck, can retain snow into July or even later.

    Has anyone been up to Glaicer Basin or Lake 22?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FMJ 911 View Post
    I was thinking sometime around Late-May or Early-June. That's when most of the trails officially open, and some of the snow has melted. Some places, like Mount Pilchuck, can retain snow into July or even later.

    Has anyone been up to Glaicer Basin or Lake 22?
    Haven't been up either of those yet. Will probably head up to Lake 22 soon...if only to see the avy's come down that headwall on the other side of the lake. Supposedly though, there's some good fishing to be had there. And what may be an issue, it's an easier hike than Glacier Basin (half the elevation gain). Although Glacier Basin also sounds like a cool area.

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    I'd definitely be up to a hike, schedule permitting of course.
    I'll be done with my spring quarter June 14th, I know it's not "early June". Perhaps on a weekend before that I could squeeze in a hike.
    Last edited by Knowledge; 04-06-2012 at 05:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knowledge View Post
    I'd definitely be up to a hike, schedule permitting of course.
    I'll be done with my spring quarter June 14th, I know it's not "early June". Perhaps on a weekend before that I could squeeze in a hike.
    Depending on the weather, June 14th might be how long we'll have to wait. I know the snow in the mountains can linger late into the season.
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    The Heather Lake trail or Lake Twentytwo probably won't take very long, since they're fairly low (~2500ft). Glacier Basin one might take longer...looks like the TH is at that elevation and it gains another 2k or more. Kind of hard to avoid snow in the mountains...either have a couple month hiking season, or ya deal. Besides, now that it's pretty much stopped snowing, you definitely won't be breaking trail, it'll all be compact snow.

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    Get over to North Mason county. Try theMildred lakes trio. 1000' gain in 2 1/2 miles, but most of the gain is in a mile stretch. Fishing is good in the middle lake.

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    Wink OC Hike

    Did a nice OC hike today (see Whatcom County OC). I'd be up for a hike down Mountain Loop Highway area. Or anywhere else for that matter.

    Only hike I've done in that area is Goat Lake, but I know there's a pretty good selection of trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FMJ 911 View Post
    Hey all, I know it's getting annoying with me posting Off-Topic threads and all, but I was just thinking, with May just around the corner, how about a nice hike in the woods? And here comes the next part, is OC in the Woods/Hiking trails a good thing? like is it Ok, or do folks prefer to CC up there?

    I went for a drive out on the Mountain Loop Highway, and discovered several trails I want to try out. I need to form a group to get the most out of it(and for safety!). Even if just one other person joins me on the trek. They're not long & grueling trails, just short day hikes, that's all.
    I Oc'ied last Sunday on a trail on MLH, on lake twenty-two. Snow just started to melt, last sunday(4/22/12) there was snow on the path about 3/4 of the hike in, the week before it was 1/2 way in and 2 more feet so I'm guessing most of the snow melted but on top which has a beautiful lake and scenery.

    Although it is nearly a 3 mile hike up, if you have the time take it's worth it. If anyone is interested maybe we can set up a date and a carpool and head out there. Also I had no confrontations about OC but a few parents with kids either let us pass or held back until we past (when we were going off trails to take photos)

    Here are some photos

    Less than 1/4 way you start seeing streams like this flowing at good paces and continues for about 1/2 of the way up


    Little more than 3/4 you run into snow and some of the streams melt the snow way, leaving gaps that you either have to climb down or jump it like my friend did lol (the gap is about 1-3 feet wide and 5 feet deep) wish I had better photos of the gap he jumped


    When you almost get to the top you start seeing a lake like this, this is when you know you are very close


    Then you get to this!!!!


    Sit down and enjoy it there is a bridge over a lake and after all the snow melts there is a path around the lake. if there is snow surrounding the lake be careful as whats under that snow is the lake lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapmonkay View Post
    I would be down for a hike depending on day and location. Wallace Falls out by Gold Bar hike is always fun too
    Sounds like a plan.

    I could meet up with you and car pool to.
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    Oh yeah! Now that's cool!

    I'd be up for a carpool! Anyone else interested?
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    Thumbs up

    I'm good for a hike and wouldn't mind a little carpooling if that works for me coming from Bellingham.

    I'm free most any time with a couple of days notice so I'll just keep tabs on what gets set up.

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    Oh, yeah I'm super cheap so carpooling works for me. Got a date set for this yet?

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    I have been getting into some moderate hiking this year with my weight loss its amazing how much easier a climb is when you are not carrying a bunch of extra weight. I have stuck to more local trails due to time constraints but I have always open carried and have not had a problem. I have had a few sideways looks and heads turns but I never stop to take questions and no one has chased me down. I prefer to open carry on hikes not just because it think it is the most comfortable way to carry or to guard against the wild life but for the weird people you can come across in remote areas. You never know how many felons are hiding in the woods or how many drug traffickers are out there. And actually I do not think this is OT at all I think its perfectly on topic
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