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JeffReigns
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PostMon Dec 10, 2018 7:58 pm 
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Hey guys,

As the title states, I'm looking for off-season conditioning hikes. I know about all the super-common ones(Mt. Peak, Rattlesnake, etc).

I'm looking for the not-so-commonly known ones. Preferably stays out of the snow as much as possible(having a bit isn't so bad, I just want something that isn't dangerous), would prefer 2k+ gain but 1.5 would be okay.

What do you have? If you don't want to share publicly thats fine, a PM would be okay.

Trying to stay in shape for the off season smile.gif
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PostMon Dec 10, 2018 9:49 pm 
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What's an off-season?  Our hikes, so far this year:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nordique/albums/72157664353167668

We long-retired folks aim to hike three times a week, weather-permitting:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nordique/albums/72157664353167668

This time of year, we tend to do hikes closer in and below the snow line--but soon, we will be carrying our traction devices.

Last year:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/nordique/albums/72157675226350024
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PostMon Dec 10, 2018 10:46 pm 
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in a normal year, there is snow at 2500 feet.  sometimes 1000 is common.  So 2000 feet of gain is shot without a lot of snow.

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PostMon Dec 10, 2018 11:13 pm 
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Go halfway up twice.
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PostMon Dec 10, 2018 11:24 pm 
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Its good to keep competing and pushing even harder in the off season!!

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PostTue Dec 11, 2018 7:30 am 
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Good idea to carry traction (microspikes) this time of year.
Some ideas:

1)  Granite Lakes trail (on Snoqualmie Middle Fork road).

2)  Zigzag Trail to a abandoned fuel truck (trailhead at I-90 exit 38)

3)  Last Chance Promontory via Sitka Spruce trial (on Snoqualmie Middle Fork road).

4) Change Creek Pond  (  trailhead at I-90 exit 38)

5)  Dirty Harry Balcony and Abandoned  logging truck (  trailhead at I-90 exit 38)

6)  Holder Ridge in Taylor Forest  (Hobart exit of Hwy 18).

7) Tiger Mt.  starting at summit of Hwy 18.

8)  Teneriffe Falls (aka Kamikaze Falls)

9)  Poo Poo Point
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PostTue Dec 11, 2018 9:21 am 
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Stefan wrote:
in a normal year, there is snow at 2500 feet.  sometimes 1000 is common.  So 2000 feet of gain is shot without a lot of snow.

This.

I hiked the Gold Creek trail Sunday, it was snowing at 1,100 feet.  Was accumulating around 1,400.

If you live in Seattle, there are a lot of staircases.  Honestly they're no more boring than Si or Mailbox, but they save you gas money.

If you have access to a gym, do barbell squats and lunges.  And the stair machine.
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PostTue Dec 11, 2018 9:25 am 
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Heybrook Ridge just outside of Index.  You can throw in the  new 'Erinswood' loop ( which has a whopping 12 feet of gain, but which has lovely second growth cedar forest) for an extra .6 miles of walk at the end.  ( The Heybrook Ridge trail is 1.6 miles each way and gains about 800 feet to an overlook of the Sky valley.)  It's not far either..... cool.gif

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PostTue Dec 11, 2018 1:33 pm 
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Cyclopath wrote:
This.

I hiked the Gold Creek trail Sunday, it was snowing at 1,100 feet.  Was accumulating around 1,400.

If you live in Seattle, there are a lot of staircases.  Honestly they're no more boring than Si or Mailbox, but they save you gas money.

If you have access to a gym, do barbell squats and lunges.  And the stair machine.

Queen Anne hill has lots of stairs going up from all sides of the hill. There are also some trails down to the sound from bluffs above in puget sound area that would be a decent workout, esp if  you did them multiple times
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PostTue Dec 11, 2018 2:56 pm 
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Cable line on tiger is good for uphill training.  2kft gain and often near/below snowline.  Can be muddy.  Don't leave valuables in your car there... some tweakers/homeless nearby.

Failing that poopoo/cougar/si are my winter workouts.  cougar is real boring.
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PostTue Dec 11, 2018 7:08 pm 
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bike commuting 5k miles/yr i hear works somewhat.

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PostTue Dec 11, 2018 8:06 pm 
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thunderhead wrote:
Cable line on tiger is good for uphill training.  2kft gain and often near/below snowline.  Can be muddy.  Don't leave valuables in your car there...

If you go to the new parking lot then up the Tiger 3 trail to the 1.2 mi. mark then cut over to cable line you can avoid most of the mud and tweakers.

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PostTue Dec 11, 2018 8:31 pm 
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Mt Si has over 3,000 ft elevation gain to the base of the rock summit (haystack).  The snow on the trail is usually tramped down by the frequent hikers.  Over the years while hiking Mt Si I have met some interesting people including my catching up with Ome Daiber and hiking uphill with Ome for about a half mile.  During the winter months, I used to hike Mt Si mid week and mid-day about twice a week.
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PostTue Dec 11, 2018 8:34 pm 
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Mikey wrote:
Mt Si has over 3,000 ft elevation gain to the base of the rock summit.  The snow on the trail is usually tramped down by the frequent hikers.

Old trail is a bit more interesting and has less ice in winter.

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PostWed Dec 12, 2018 5:15 am 
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thunderhead wrote:
some tweakers/homeless nearby.

Break ins were common at that trailhead long before tent city 4 and methheads -- yes leave an empty vehicle.
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