Eric and I followed the weather to the Mount St. Helens area for a few peaks. First we hiked the Goat Mountain trail to Middle and Main Goat. Next Eric suggested Bismarck, a nice quick peak near the junction of NF-99 and NF-26. We thought Bismarck had better views than Goat. On the way out we walked the road up Huffaker and made it back to Randle before dark. Overall, not a bad day for late November.
I climbed Goat a few years back. It was memorable for a couple reasons. First, I was wearing a new pair of boots straight out of the box. You know how that can go. But more significantly, on the way down from the summit I ran into a young couple on horseback. We exchanged greetings the guy cracks open a beer and asks me if I would like one. I turned him down thinking, dude it's like 9 in the morning. Not five minutes down the trail and I was wishing I'd have said yes to the beer.
Looks like you made the best of the crummy weather this weekend. Nice trip, thanks for posting!
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