A couple months ago, J planned a super sweet surprise date for me at Glacier View. We made it a mile or so into the hike and to a lake along the way. It was a drier winter here, but there was snow and we weren’t properly dressed. So we hung around the lake snow birds for awhile before turning around and heading home to watch Gonzaga lose the Elite Eight Game. *sigh* I’m still not over it.
A few weeks ago we were itching for an adventure and decided to try to get to the peak of Glacier View. We arrived at the same time as a group of other young people, who had a dog. That dog ran in between us throughout the hike. I’m not a huge dog person (I know) but it was pretty neat to have the company because the dog never let me get too far behind J.
I did two Barre classes the week before the hike, so every incline step I said “ow. ow,” under my breath. We hiked up to the lake and right before we arrived, J told me I was faster than the first time! yay! He must not have heard me struggling behind him haha.
The lake is so gorgeous, but so are the fields. This was all covered in snow before, so it was cool to see what was underneath. It blows my mind that flowers just grow wild around here.
As the hike went on, we had visitors – mosquitos. Lots of mosquitos. And their buddies gnats. We stopped a couple times to catch our breath and drink water, but each time, the bugs swarmed up! I had some homemade bug spray that the mosquitos were not deterred by. Unfortunately, for weight reasons, I left my store bought spray at home. So I binge-sprayed the homemade stuff I had on hand as often as possible.
The incline is pretty steep. But the only escape from the bugs was to hike, fast. So J, the stranger’s dog at times, and I just booked it up the hill. There are no pictures from that portion of the hike because my only thoughts were, “Get away from the mosquitos. OMG I’m thirsty. Wow, J is fast. Where are this dog’s owners? Stop biting me, mosquitos!” And of course, the on going, “ow. ow,” from Barre!
Let me tell you… despite being covered in sweat and a few bug bites, it was worth it. The view from the top is STUNNING. I have a slight obsession with volcanoes. At the top of this peak you can see Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount Saint Helens. I didn’t have my real camera and my iPhone couldn’t capture the other mountains, despite being able to see them clear as day. (Spoiler alert, there’s a video at the end of this post to give you some perspective.)
The group who arrived at the same time as us made it to the top maybe 5 minutes after we did. Thankfully, one of the girls had hard-core bug spray and offered to share. They were super nice and I was jealous of their professional grade cameras. After catching our breath, rehydrating and eating some snacks, the other people at the peak finished taking photos so I snagged one of them to take ours.
Soon enough, everyone left and we were able to enjoy the beauty that is Washington State, just the two of us.
It was so fun and rewarding to conquer this peak with him. The hike down was faster, but obviously used different muscles in our legs. At least it was easier to get past the mosquitos!
And because photos didn’t capture the incredible beauty, I took a video. I hate listening to my voice recorded, and I don’t have a steady hand. You’re welcome.
If you’re looking for a great, western Washington hike to go on this holiday weekend, I’d totally recommend Glacier view!