My second and third days in Seattle were much different than the first. I spent most of Friday walking around Queen Anne Hill and then down by Lake Union to see the houseboats and seaplanes there. Since I really want to discuss the hike (that was the best part of the trip by far), I’ll just link you to the custom Google map I made of my travels, embedded below- that way, you can see where I ambled throughout Queen Anne Hill on the second day! Don’t forget to zoom in and scroll around, and hover over the little pin-points – I left some recommendations for you!
Sarah was kind enough to take me on a trail at Mt. Ranier National Park that she had done previously and deal with my huffing and puffing up the mountain. Altitude change is no joke! We hiked the Summerland Trail toward the Panhandle Gap and it had, aside from a great lower body workout, amazing views of Little Tahoma, Mt. Ranier, and Fryingpan Creek.
We started out really early (7AM?) after breakfast and brought fruit, sandwiches, granola bars, and a lot of water. It was pretty brisk out, so we both brought lighter, warm outer layers to take off once the day heated up.
The trail ended just underneath Mt. Ranier, but this is facing the opposite direction – the white clouds you see near the horizon are actually wildfire smoke.
Views from the trail!
This is Fryingpan Creek, which swells from a nice trickle at the start of the trail to a roaring river near the top of the trailhead.
Would not recommend the trail if you don’t like log bridges over rivers!
At the top!
Sweaty but victorious.
Happy, not yet realizing how tough the trail would be. We definitely ended up sweaty and out of breath – I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re not familiar with hiking or long walks, especially uphill.
At the top of the hike, I turned to Sarah and said something like “When I move here…”; It was a turn of phrase, and I was mostly kidding, but I loved my time on the West coast. Everyone I met was warm, and I felt right at home in Seattle in a way that felt very rare. I will definitely be coming back to this beautiful part of the country.