Dec 1, 2016 Hit it perfect today! It was kind of a mix of sun and cloud when Zeus and I set off this morning but by the time we reached the top the sun was shining and we were rewarded with a perfect view. :)
We parked at the first parking lot where I met a new friend and her daughter. We ended up hiking up together and sharing stories. She had hiked this one before and mentioned she didn't bring her dog because she felt it was to steep for her dog's personality. Well...I discovered the same. Lol. I didn't think much of it when she was talking about it but when nearing the top...Zeus acted out terribly.
OK...so it's really not all that steep of a trek until you near the top so maybe an hour and a half into it. I don't think it helped having only microspikes with us...others we saw on the trail prepared with snowshoes. Not us. Nope. Keep in mind it took us longer as we stopped many times to unlayer, take pics, put spikes on and fight with Zeus...:) The snow actually gets pretty deep near the top. At first I thought Zeus was just wanting to play in it but he was trying to run down the snow covered cliff. Not cool. Bugger! And it was super slippery in spots as well. I feared the 2 of us might slide down together...lol. ug! So we finally got this dog up...and we were trying to take pics and relax. However Zeus...was not so relaxed. All he wanted to do was get down. Apparently, he didn't like the view. Lol. I however loved it! And the snow was beautiful! After 20 mins or so the clouds rolled in and our view window passed.
Going down...yep...more fun with Zeus. :) I decided to put my rain pants on as I thought I would probably be spending more time on my ass than my feet...this was true. Really assess your dogs abilities though as I'm not certain this one is dog safe. Definitely not Zeus safe. :) I actually intended on going to Thurston today but due to his behavior I had to turn back :(
Super day though. Easy directions to follow to get to the trailhead. The drive in was fun. It's full of snake like turns. I enjoyed it. I guess there are 2 parking spots. If you park at the higher one you can bypass the first bit of your trek. I saw a couple trucks there....those cheaters! ;)
In any event, had a lot of fun today although Zeus tried to kill us. :)
Oh, and you might want to consider bringing your snowshoes!
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