Sauer’s Mountain Hike, May 2016

Sauer’s Mountain
Date: May 14, 2016
Difficulty: 5 out of 10
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Location: Near Leavenworth, Washington
Users Group: Hikers & Dogs Only
Permits: None
Trail Conditions: Dry To The Summit
Hiking With: Emelie and Eric Espling, Craig, Tao, Bill and Mae Yoke, Linna and Rick Freeman & my wonder dog Macho

My wife Linna and I have been doing a lot hikes that either start in snow or at least have some snow on the trail this year and we were due for an arid type hike. Usually the hikes on the Eastside of the Cascade Mountains provide a whole different environment…more pine like trees and no snow in the late spring. I found Sauer’s Mountain goo.gl/fzh3xz on Washington Trails Association and after reading a couple of trip reports it was exactly what I was looking for. No snow, dry with spring green and tons of flowers for Linna to photograph. We also invited a group friends to come along…Emelie and Eric Espling, Craig, Tao, Bill and Mae.

I had a funny feeling that we would see old man Sauer and when we pulled up to the trailhead there he was out in the open ready to direct us where to park. Old man Sauer is in his eighties and you can tell he loves people. This hike actually starts on his land and according to Sauer he built the trail…so I guess you can name the hike and mountain after yourself.

The hike is filled with carved totems, groovy art things and tons of flowers all the way to the summit. There was steepness to this hike but it’s short so it’s relatively easy. The old man will try to sell you some wine when you come back down to the trailhead. This wine is actually comes from his son Steve Sauer winery, Farmhand Winery. I think the old man built the trail so he could push wine sales, I bought one…small price to pay for a beautiful hike.

Mason Lake Hike, July 2013

Mason Lake
Date:
July 7, 2013
Difficulty: 5 out of 10
Distance: 7 Miles / 11 Kilometers Roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 2,550 Feet / 777 Meters
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Location: Exit 45, I-90
Users Group: Hikers & Dogs Only
Permits: Northwest Forest Pass
Trail Conditions: Dry
Hiking with: Linna Freeman & Macho the dog wonder.

With all of this warm and sunny weather Seattle has been blessed with, it was time for a lake hike in the mountains. We decided on Mason Lake goo.gl/sc171 off of I-90, exit 45 because it provides an assortment of vitality. You start off with an easy ascent in a cool canopy of young forest followed by a fairly steep traverse in the open for great views and wild flowers. Then an easy descent to a pristine lake just waiting for you.

Annette Lake Hike, June 2013

Annette Lake
Date:
June 15, 2013
Difficulty: 4 out of 10
Distance: 7.5 Miles / 12 Kilometers Roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,400 Feet / 427 Meters
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Location: Exit 47, I-90
Users Group: Hikers & Dogs Only
Permits: Discovery Pass
Trail Conditions: Dry to Packed Snow At The Lake
Hiking with: Linna Freeman, Shudan Zhu, Steve Machin and my wonder dog Macho

I was in charge of picking out today’s hike for my wife and a couple of friends Steve Machin and Shudan Zhu. I chose Annette Lake for its tranquil stroll through the dense forest to the beautiful lake at the base of Abiel and Silver Peak.

I was not the only one that decided on Annette Lake today because the parking lot was so full that people were parking along the road. Even with a full parking lot, the trail didn’t seem that busy. I actually thought about taking a quick dip in the icy waters, but it was more fun to throw snowballs in the slushy waters for Macho to chase.

We ended our day at the Little Sheep Hot Pot in Bellevue…perfect way to end a perfect day.

Lake 22 Hike, May 2013

Lake 22
Date:
May 19, 2013
Difficulty: 3 out of 10
Distance: 5.4 Miles / 8.7 Kilometers Roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet / 457 meters
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Location: Verlot, Washington
Users Group: Hikers & Leashed Dogs Only
Permits: Northwest Forest Pass Required
Trail Conditions: Wet to Snowpacked
Hiking With: Rick Massie, Jacky Cao, Linna Freeman & Macho the Wonder Dog.

I hardly ever do the same hike back to back, but we had a good friend from China that we wanted to share this beautiful hike with.

Lake 22 Hike, April 2013

Lake 22
Date:
April 27, 2013
Difficulty: 3 out of 10
Distance: 5.4 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet / 457 meters
Time: 3 to 4 hours
Location: Verlot, Washington
Users Group: Hikers & Leashed Dogs Only
Permits: Northwest Forest Pass Required
Trail Conditions: Wet to Snowpacked
Hiking With: Linna Freeman and my fearless dog Macho

I forgot to bring the Nikon camera and we just had the iPhone which didn’t give this beautiful lake justice. This was my first time on this trail and I will be back on a sunny day with a real camera to capture the real beauty of Lake 22.

Most of my hikes this year have been in rain…and this hike like many others I want to make sure I hike them on a summer day; especially when the snow has melted off this lake and trail. More to come….