I’ve shared a bit about our hiking in the month of June in my weekly workout recaps, but a short snippet and a single photo barely captures why Ryan and I love hiking so much. We enjoyed some fun, challenging, and incredibly beautiful hikes over the past month that were too great not to share.
Our backpacking trip to Goat Lake marked my return to hiking after nearly a month off when I sprained my foot. Since I sprained my foot while hiking, I wanted us to start back with an easy hike – although to my distance runner brain “easy” means “not crazy elevation” rather than “short.” Yeah, that was not an accurate assessment.
You have to hike 5.2 miles (but “only” 1400 feet elevation gain) from the trailhead to reach the lake, but 5 miles of hiking becomes exponentially more strenuous when you strap a 15 or 20 pound backpack to your bake…oh and expect your hiking fitness to still be able to knock out 10 mile hikes no problem after a month of training on the elliptical.
The hike up to Goat Lake proved quite challenging for me and inspired my resolution to lift heavier weights – both for my sake and Ryan’s, so he doesn’t have to listen to me bitch and moan when he’s carrying a heavier pack than I am.
Goat Lake is striking and serene, and if you ever have the chance to camp at an alpine lake I highly recommend it. I recounted our camping trip in this post at the start of the month.
We have hiked Annette Lake in three seasons: twice in fall (day hike and camping), once in winter (and only made it halfway due to very deep snow), and now again in late spring/early summer. Annette Lake is in one of my favorite hikes, along with Snow Lake, Mount Washington, and Goat Lake, even though it attracts what feels like half of Seattle metro on a nice day.
We arrived at the trailhead early (around 7AM) to avoid the crowds and have a quiet, scenic hike all to ourselves. The hike totals 7.5 miles round trip with about 1400 feet elevation gain (steeper grade than Goat Lake), which is the perfect distance for a fun hike that strikes the ideal balance between challenging enough but also refreshing to legs fatigued from a week of running.
It was cold on this hike! Even though we hiked the whole time in shorts, we wore fleeces, hats, and gloves at the top. This, my friends, is why Ryan and I moved to the Pacific Northwest.
Charlie enjoys climbing all over the rocks along the lake, but he refused to open water swim in the clear alpine waters.
Barclay Lake was a milestone hike for Charlie: we let him do almost the entire 5 mile hike off-leash. He frolicked in the creek and ran back and forth so many times that I’m tempted to attach my Garmin to him next time to see how many extra miles he added. He had to have hiked at least a mile more!
Hiking off-leash also allowed Charlie to accomplish what seems to be his goal on each hike: running through as much mud as possible so that his whole little puggle self is covered in dirt by the time we return to the car.
The elevation gain on Barclay Lake is only 500 feet, which means it’s a quick hike (we made it to the lake in under an hour) that makes you wish you brought trail running shoes.
Ryan, Charlie, and I attempted to take family selfies at the top of lake. Although we eventually took a good photo, our outtakes are too funny not to share.
We hiked part of this trail again when my mom and sister were in town a couple weekends ago.
And of course, don’t forget the best part of hiking: post hike beers.
Marathon training for CIM begins the first in August, so needless to say I’m extra eager to try some harder hikes this month!
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