Saturday morning we debated about which route to hike and settled on Easton/Kachess Ridge, which was listed as 3 of 5 rating in difficulty with great views from the top of the ridge. We set out for our 6-mile RT hike with snacks and energy from a good breakfast and ascended about 2,200 feet over 3 miles.
It was sunny and warm (not hot!) and the route was in the shade of the trees. Along the way, we spent some time following Silver Creek and crossing patches of snow. At one point, we startled a poor garter snake sunning herself. She was quite pretty & large (green & orangey red coloring over brown) compared to most garters I see. On the way back down, we ran into another, much smaller one.
|I didn't catch a photo of the snake but did capture these fun fungi!|
|Looking down from Beacon Tower, great view from atop here!|
There were a lot of wildflowers blooming as well but as soon as I began to take photos, my camera battery died! Grrrr!
On the way down, I really appreciated how steep the climb had been and felt pretty proud of how well I had done*. My calves were thrashed from the route up and my quads were quivering from the trip down.
A day later, and my legs are SO SORE! As I climb the stairs, wincing, here at home, it's great reminder of the hard but rewarding hike with my girlfriends. GOOD MEDICINE!
*GF with whom I went to cross fit regionals with last weekend was carrying the heaviest pack up the mountain and was climbing quickly & easily up ahead of us. She is so fantastically tough & strong from cross fit!