used bergen as a way to stretch our legs on a super-crappy weather day up high, yet still get our legs moving towards rainier. nice hike with great views in between the trees. not much snow until the final 1000' vertical.
I did a loop: I took the Sleepy S trail to the Meadow View Trail, then took the Bergen Peak Trail the rest of the way. There was still a lot of snow near the top. On the way down, I took the Too Long, Founders and Painters Pause trails to the parking lot. I looks like the mileage is about the same either way.
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