What ensued over the next hour was pure perfection for a hike for our family as it is now.
The trail was well-maintained and easy to walk. The inclines were not too steep nor too boring. Jonas felt challenged, but also rode in the backpack for about half of it. It wasn’t too strenuous with a baby on my back.
We saw a deer and picked and ate blackberries, both going and coming.
At the top, there was a beautiful bench carved in memory of a young lady who died a couple of years ago.We sat a while and drank water and ate our granola bars and persuaded Jonas not to go too close to the edge of the incline and entertained Maggie without letting her down to crawl.
And the vista—this is the reason I climb.
The exercise and fresh air are nice, the wildlife interesting, the fresh air invigorating, but being able to see the Cascades from the top in one direction and the lake about 15 miles away in the other made every step worthwhile. Can’t wait to go again—highly recommend this as a hike for families with small children.
On the trail and at the end with the babe on my back.