Jefferson Park via Park Ridge

Saturday was going to be the last sunny day in the forecastable future so we woke up at 6am to take advantage of it (Joanna’s first words of protest after the alarm went off: “Weekends are supposed to be nice!”)

We met up with Angela and her coworker, Joe, to hike in the Jefferson Wilderness. Angela had chosen the hike and I kept having feelings of deja-vu until just before we crested the ridge, when I felt very strongly that I knew what the viewpoint would be the on the other side. Sure enough, it turned out that we’d done this same hike a year before (OregonHikers had a different name for it than AllTrails, which is always confusing). What a dramatic landscape. I’ve never had such a complete view of Mt Jefferson and it was no less wonderful than our first go around. We hiked down the ridge to Scout Lake and enjoyed some watermelon that Joe had brought, kept refreshingly chilled in a collapsible cooler (why hadn’t we ever thought of that?!)

A little note to anyone who wants to try this hike. The road is VERY rough. Last year, we had to leave my compact car and hike up the road for two miles to the trailhead. This year, we were in Joe’s SUV, but it was an extremely bumpy ride nonetheless. Still, it’s one of the region’s best hikes and well worth a little extra planning.

Enchantments Thru-Hike

Whenever I start to believe that I'm a real hiker, I come up against a trail like The Enchantments Thru-Hike. The infamous Aasgard Pass certainly put me in my place. But the rewards of this hike are much greater than the price of admission and they are difficult to fully capture or express.

A big thanks to my good friend Angela for sharing her lottery-won Core Zone permits with us and organizing our group for this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

These are the experiences and the friendships that I live for. As long as my days are full of these, I don't think I will ever have any real regrets.

Lake Ingalls


And yet no picture of a lake.

This is Mt Stuart on the way to Lake Ingalls in the Alpine Lakes region of Washington. I hiked this one with new friends Nikki and Rana. It's amazing where a few hours of driving will get you around here.