McClellan Butte – May 2015

In late May I hiked McClellan Butte on a dray and dreary day. This is a belated blog post, written two months later. I’m hazy on pretty much all of the details. Apologies if it’s a tad boring!

Trailhead
Trailhead

Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Hike: McClellan Butte. Distance: 9 miles. Elevation gain: 3700 feet. High point: 5162 feet.

Big ol slug
Big ol slug

I have a physical therapy appointment in the morning (I’m trying to get both of my legs working and functioning equally. I was in a car accident almost 15 years ago and I broke my femur, etc, etc. An old injury, something I’m revisiting recently, kind of in prep for hiking the Long Trail in June/July). After PT I leave from the city and drive out to the Snoqualmie Pass area. The drive takes probably an hour with traffic. It’s a grayish day but I want to get my hike on since it’s my only day off from work this week. So I do.

All roads lead to McClellan Butte
All roads lead to McClellan Butte

The clouds are low so I wont get much of a view today, but it feels good to be moving. I see a gigantic slug, the highlight of wildlife on this trip.

Scree
Scree

I cross powerlines, a trail, a forest road. At some point the clouds sort of part and there are partial valley/hillside views. Not bad. The trillium are out. Snow still clings to the mountain, especially near the top of the mountain. Near the top there are a few nice switchbacks, then to the ridgeline where the summit scramble starts. It’s super exposed, meaning I could easily fall if I lost my footing, so I stay on the safety of the ridge, just below the top of the butte.

Clouds kinda sorta part for a partial view
Clouds kinda sorta part for a partial view

I eat a snack at the summit ridge and look off into the thick mass of clouds that is the view today. Pretty anticlimactic. The view is supposed to be down to I-90 anyhow. I’m not really disappointed. After a few minutes, I turn around and go back down the mountain on the same trail. I’m feeling good and the trail gets monotonous, so I run in places.

Best view yet
Best view yet

I eventually make it back down to the trailhead, hop in my car, drive back to Seattle. The end.

Trillium
Trillium
Snow patches
Snow patches
Summit view
Summit view
The butte!
The butte!
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Mount Si – May 2015

Still catching up on super late blog posts, folks! This one is also from a few months ago. It’s also a pretty boring – sorry!

Sunshine and greenery on the trail
Sunshine and greenery on the trail

Monday. May 18, 2015. Hike: Mount Si. Mileage: 8 miles. Elevation gain: 3150 feet. High point: 3900 feet.

Views from the top
Views from the top

I want to get my hike on, and I have limited time, so I hike Mount Si again (what is this 4th or 5th time?). It’s not a very exciting trail. Well, maybe the first time. But after the second time it gets kinda boring. I like the constant change of scenery that goes along with hiking new trails. Yet, the draw for Si is that it’s a good workout and it’s absurdly close to Seattle – only 45 minutes by car.

So Si it is! I hike! I run down! I think I remember using the pit toilets in the parking lot at one point. I’m also pretty sure I hiked in my red hiking dress – I amuse myself when I run by other hikers in a red dress and pink shoes, it just seems so silly. The sun is out and the weather is nice.

Downhike in the trees
Downhike in the trees

My knees do not hurt at the end! I’m conditioning my knees into submission – it’s working! The end!

Blurry selfie
Blurry selfie

Stay tuned, next time I hike Si I’m going to check out the old trail that starts out in the Boulder Garden Loop. When? Who knows!