mambwe wrote:What other mountains would you guys suggest for our longer Sunday hike and also a quick little hike we can do on Monday? I didn't realize how far Mt. Adams was from Seattle.
You have a lot of options within a one to three hour drive of Seattle:
Listed in order of distance from Seattle:
Mt Si (8 miles RT, ~3,800 ft elevation gain
Granite Mt, right off of I-90 near Snoqualmie pass is a really nice 9 mile RT, ~4,500 ft elevaton gain hike with a fire lookout on top that affords nice views.
Mt Stuart via Cascadian Couloir is the easiest route to the top of this incredible peak but still requires 8,000 ft elevation gain RT
Colchuck Lake - simply stunning views and access to really neat peaks
Hannegan Peak (outstanding views of Mt Shuksan, Baker, and the incomparable Picket Range (Feathered Friends uses the Picket Range syline as their logo)
Mt Ruth - While I have seen Corgis (the dogs with short legs) summit this, it does involve easy glacier travel and ice axe and crampons are neccessary. Same views as Hannegan Peak - breathtaking.
FWIW regardless of how many times I have climbed the Big R, it always feels like a big deal and the only hike I want to do afterwards is towards a cold beer, a warm bath, and a soft bed. YMMV.