Wednesday, September 23, 2009

George, Noble, and Kelly

I think after the weather we had on Monday hiking in the area NE of Mount Rainier, I'm thinking we will have a wonderful fall of weather before El Nino kicks in for a great winter of hiking! The day couldn't have been any more perfect - sunny and "hot" but not overly warm and a nice breeze. No bugs either now that they have had a few bad bouts of weather to fight.

I headed back out with good friend Dennis as we explored two areas off of FR 70 just south of Greenwater east of SR 410. First up was a backdoor way in to the Noble Knob area yielding the most amazing huckleberry feasting I’ve ever seen! Then we hiked around George Lake, up and over Noble Knob to complete a loop back. Still having a good part of the afternoon left we headed across the valley to zip up to check on the progress with the Kelly Butte lookout restoration. Another grand 3.5 mile hike with fall colors, light winds, and views galore!

I think it’s time to head out again tomorrow – likely more under appreciated peaks in this same FR 70 area. Not only has this all been a lot of fun, but it is all great new data and photographs for me to use in upcoming future new editions of the Day Hiking books.

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