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williswall
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PostWed May 20, 2020 3:53 pm 
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I've been using the local trails for an outdoors fix along with training. I can walk out my door and be on trail in less than a half mile. Going midweek on cloudy days really cuts down on the crowding; the foot traffic was light. When I got off the main areas around the Red Town trail head, I was alone transiting the De Leo wall and cross town trails, eventually making my way back to Cougar and hitting Wilderness peak before crossing SR900 to enter the Squak complex. I turned around at Central peak after a coffee and snack break and have timed these hikes to be back home at 8 PM. There are so many trails in these parks that the variety of chained hikes possible are numerous....like, I finally saw Coal Creek falls and many of the side trails.

Hanging moss
Hanging moss
Excellent signage
Excellent signage
Curves
Curves
Cross Town trail
Cross Town trail
Cougar:Squak out and back
Cougar:Squak out and back
Coffee break at Central Peak
Coffee break at Central Peak
Coal Creek trail falls
Coal Creek trail falls
Coal Creek falls
Coal Creek falls
Central Peak towers
Central Peak towers
Buttercups
Buttercups
Barn on Coal Creek trail
Barn on Coal Creek trail
Yellow fire, beginning of Squak connector trail
Yellow fire, beginning of Squak connector trail
Serene path
Serene path
Remnants
Remnants
Plankage
Plankage
Peek-a-boo view on the Cross Town trail
Peek-a-boo view on the Cross Town trail
Old growth stump
Old growth stump
Old cedar
Old cedar
Not bad on a Tuesday
Not bad on a Tuesday

I am looking at another 3 day wonderland hike this year and a day like this (27 miles/5500') approximates a typical day on a 4 day hike, so it's getting there. I'm starting to feel it once I get beyond 20 miles but hopefully I can approximate the suffering steely automaton I was 20 years ago now that I have time to train.

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PostWed May 20, 2020 6:53 pm 
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Great stuff.  I have a soft spot in my head for Cougar.  Always have.  Hiked there as a kid in the 70's.  It was all posted No Trespassing and locals gave you the stink eye if you even drove by.  Not getting caught was part of the journey.  The park interior still has the same quiet but steady vibe.
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PostWed May 20, 2020 10:17 pm 
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I can also walk from home. It is getting crowded in the  Covid era. Counted 25 cars at the Mountainside TH last weekend. They were Parked down 900 at Margaret’s  way and Wilderness Peak TH. Yesterday went to Preston and WT1 and only saw two couples in 8+ mi.

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