Hiking, Top Trips

Skyline *Fridge*

In early December the doom and gloom of our traditional Pacific Northwest winter weather finally lifted, and on a weekend day no less!

Skyline Lake

Head for the golden trees

Unfortunately this was also the day we had to stay home in the morning for a fire inspection, so after noon we got in the car and drove to our favorite short snowshoe destination, Skyline Ridge.


I think this was my fourth visit to the Ridge and the cool rock garden, and this was the best trip yet. Blue skies, sunshine, fresh snow on the trees…I was in heaven.

Stevens Pass ski area It's the most wonderful time of the year Skyline Lake at sunset

Since we got such a late start and the days are agonizingly short this time of year, we had planned on staying up on the ridge for sunset…

Let's get out of here

…but unfortunately the clear skies and impressive gusts of wind made this the coldest hike I’ve ever been on. Brrr!

Frosty skies

We had a quick lunch, then decided that getting back to the car (and the butt heaters!) was more tempting than alpenglow.

Pastel painting

We hurried down just as the mountain gods started painting the sky with pastel colors, and were treated to a surprising splash of hot pink on the way back to the parking lot.

Hot pink

These three miles equaled at least three months of therapy.

Skyline Ridge | 3 miles | 1300 feet elevation gain –

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  • Reply Lisa December 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Wow….those photos look like something out of a movie! Gorgeous hike. We are planning (and hoping) to snowshoe this weekend up on Hood. If it looks like this, it’s worth the drive!

  • Reply Ingunn December 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Have fun Lisa, looks like the weather is going to be on your side! :D

  • Reply Libby December 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Simply stunning :-).

  • Reply Andra December 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    OMG! Your photos are absolutely stunning! The second last photo is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen! I’m envious that you got to experience a sky like that!

  • Reply Laurel December 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Wow, beautiful! I was there early Dec too, but it was a little more gloomy than that. It’s cool to see what the views under the clouds look like.

  • Reply Wendy January 3, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Oh Man……Such beautiful photos!!! Love the snow. Don’t see any of that white stuff here in the desert.

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