My first week of WTA Hikeathon 2022 started out with a spectacular hike. I did this one last year and I enjoyed it so much that I just had to do it again! Crystal Mountain near Mt. Rainier is a ski area and you can take the gondola up to the top of the mountain and hike down (or hike up and take the gondola down or just hike the entire thing! I prefer to gondola up and hike down.)
|Do you see the elk? There are actually 2 in this photo|
|If you forgot your hiking poles, they have some for loan|
|Even with the clouds, the views are stellar|
Also at the top of the mountain, besides the restaurant, they had a lot of picnic tables (so bring your own lunch and enjoy the view!) and lounge chairs. Plus there were several interpretive QR codes that you could use your phone to access, explaining everything from the Native American traditions in the region to the damage from the most recent fires. Very interesting.
|A Little Free Library along the sidewalk portion of the trail|
To wrap up the week, I spent Saturday out in Buckley, WA. I hiked 2 miles on the Foothills Trail which is just a rail trail that goes right along HWY 410. But the highlight was that I stopped at Maris Farms for their Sunflowers!!
|Mount Rainier in the distance|
|Here you can see where there used to be a railroad!|
|Veterans Memorial along the Foothills Trail|
I started off Hikeathon this year strong with 11 miles done so far and over $400 raised in donations.
Thanks so much to Kim, Lisa S. and Liz for their donations this week.
If you have not donated yet, you can cut and paste this link to go to my WTA fundraiser page
or you can send me a check (made out to WTA (Washington Trails Association) or just a dollar in the mail would be very welcome. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported this cause in the past and hopefully again this year!
to: Amanda Arkebauer PO Box 16131 Seattle, WA 98116
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