Here is a peak I have been trying to get to for a very long time. Pictures of the Pickets sat in my head year after year but finding others to go seemed nearly impossible. So I decide to meetup group in which I met a lot of good hikers, scramblers, and climbers. Through the group I met Steve and before this hike we did a couple of other great hikes. But this one was special. In fact out of all of the hiking I did in 2017 this would rank as the number #1 most scenic hike of the year.
We met early in the morning at the Lynnwood Transit Center and then headed to the trailhead. After passing a number of people who could continue driving up the rough road we ended up at the parking area. From there we started up the trail. The first the part of this trail is flat with very little elevation gain honest we cruised through this less then desirable section. Once though the road ran out this trail steepened its grade and along with that became far more challenging for a now much larger EastKing. I slowed up on this section as we rose through the trees. The trail continued up at a moderate grade. Without a decent spring and summer I don't know if I would have hung in as well as I did, but despite the heavy sweating, I fought through this section.
First views from Trappers Peak
From their I powered on all the way to turnoff. Steve and I took a break at the turnoff in which I needed more than he did. From there we began up the ridgeline to the summit of Trappers. A crux of the trip started early. It was nice short easy 200 foot Class 3 scramble followed by a trail followed again by more lighter scrambling. There is one very short walking knife section but to be honest this section was not that bad and this is coming from someone who is not the strongest scrambler in the world. As we rose up Trappers I took some break along the way. Every foot we went up resulted in better and better views. The landscape was downright stunning and captivating. We though kept going and going though I was going slower as we approach the summit. After about 3 hours from the trailhead we made it to the summit.
On the summit
Despair and Triumph
Trappers Peak lived up to its reputation. The views from the summit were downright stunning with Triumph and Despair right in my eyes. Looking south from the summit rocks we could see over a hundred different summits. I can only I pray that I hike one tenth of the mountains that I saw on this day. This was the prettiest mountain I have done and years. The stunning fall colors just accentuated the beauty that we saw from this trip. It clearly ignited a new passion for hiking with Steve who quickly started asking me about different mountains we should hike before the end of the year. We went on to do 10 more hikes in 2017.
Stunning fall views
Fall colors near the summit
Looking over the summit rocks
Time to head down the ridge
After spending almost 2 hours staring at the stunning views it was time for us to get off the mountain because sunset was going to happen in 3 hours. With the changing light it was very hard to leave because every step was a picture perfect moment but after slowly making our way through the scramble we found ourselves back to the trail. The last scramble required a little bit of cautious downclimbing. From there it was the long downhill hike followed by what was now becoming a grueling slog to the trailhead the car.
Steve going down the scramble
This was the most scenic hike/scramble I did in 2017. Will this lead to a great 2018 only time will tell. One thing is that I got a great hiking and climbing partner from this climb. Hopefully that will result in many more awesome trips. There was one time in early 2017 in which I began to wonder if I would be hiking much anymore. Thankfully I found this group and I am ready to rock it in 2018.