They brought their energetic 9-month-old puppy along for his first real hike also.
Due to his age they were worried about the distance so we limited the trip to visiting the Railroad Grade instead of the Park Butte Lookout.
Round Trip for our route was almost exactly 6 miles and just shy of 1,800 feet of elevation gain.
The 'Railroad Grade' trail is a great trail because of its varied terrain and fantastic mountain views. Here is a short video of what hikers see as they first gain the 'Railroad Grade':
We also crossed paths with Slugman and Daisy the Wonder Dog. It was great to meet you Slugman and we hope you had a comfortable night on the mountain.
More of the Black Buttes (did you say "enough already"?)
I'm really glad that my brother-in-law drove today because when we returned home we found that my car had a flat tire.
Thanks everyone for making this another enjoyable and memorable day in the North Cascades!
My next outing is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, 2008.