Hiking Mount Pilchuck
Since Nate took a few vacation days during our recent trek up to visit his parents, we decided we needed to treat it like a mini vacation. We have yet to take Caleb on vacation since he’s a punk (read: still takes two naps a day which keeps us from being out all day) but during fake vacation we’re staying with grandma and grandpa who don’t mind babysitting the dude for the day!
It was Nate’s turn to plan our adventure for the day and he decided Mt. Pilchuck needed to be hiked! It’s a hike with intermediate difficulty but after hiking at the Ape Caves Nate and I thought we were ready… Um… Let’s all start laughing right now.
My wonderful husband last hiked Mt. Pilchuck back when he was 19. Looking back at his 19 year old self, he told me that it was a fairly easy hike. I believed him and failed to look up any info on the mountain. Come to find out it’s a 5.8 mile hike (2.9 miles each way) with a 2300 ft change in elevation and is 5327 ft at its highest point. Most of the terrain is pretty rocky too. Not easy in general and definitely not easy for a couple who hasn’t gone on a true hike in a long time!
From the beginning the hike was difficult, but at about 2 miles in the hike really stopped being fun anymore. A part of me just wanted to throw in the towel and head back down but my stubborn side reared its head and I decided that I absolutely needed to complete the hike! We may have had to take quite a few breaks during the last mile but we made it to the top!
The 360 degree view at the top of the mountain was gorgeous! I was so thankful that I persevered and it made me feel so proud that I accomplished so much!
Then we had to hike down… Let’s not talk about that. 😉
I’m so thankful for another day to be out in the sunshine with my love! This has shaped up to be a pretty fantastic summer!