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Snow Lake, Washington

The Nitty Gritty: 6 miles round trip, 1800 feet in elevation gain, Northwest Forest Pass required Sometimes my excitement is too much to contain, and I let it bubble over to the people around me. A couple weeks ago, the weather here in Seattle was b-e-a-utiful. I think I invited most of the people I know to go on a hike. I ended up with three fabulous friends from three completely different social circles. Thankfully everyone seemed to get along well, and if they thought the group was strange, they haven’t mentioned it to me. The weather was about as close to perfect as could be, and the hike was stunning. There were beautiful views of changing fall colors and nearby peaks as we hiked, and Snow Lake was stunning at the top. Helpful hints: If you’re into camping, there are a number of beautiful camping sites around the lake. &nbsp…

Tunnel Falls – Portland, Oregon

Nitty Gritty: 12 miles with 1640 feet gain in elevation. This hike was one of those adventures that you realize you were in no way prepared for. I went to Portland a couple of weeks ago, and my one request was that I be required to make no decisions all weekend. It was a brilliant request, but definitely required a go-with-the-flow attitude. And so I started this hike with no knowledge of what was ahead. What was ahead was a 12 mile hike that turned into a 13 mile hike when we parked in the wrong lot which turned into at 13+ mile hike when we took a detour at each of the waterfalls to get to the fall’s base and then back up to the trail. The scenery and my grumbling stomach made me feel a little bit like Frodo on his way to Mordor. Fortunately, I was with a fabulous group of guys that would have put to Sam to shame with their cheerful rambunctiousness. I also didn’t have a ring slowly driving me insane or evil wraiths and orcs chasing me. So really the only thing that this trail kind…