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Survival Mode: Mt. Dickerman
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That's right: in the morning, I will be hiking up Mt. Dickerman with L and G. These are the women who are older than I am, and in considerably better shape. The hike is described thus
(at http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/MtDickerman_7602.asp):

Highlights: Steep trail, fantastic views from [Mt.] Baker to [Mt.] Rainier and all points in between.
Near: Granite Falls, WA
Scenery: [Five stars]
Distance: 8.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 3800 ft
Hike Time: 5.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Condition: OK, but a few difficult spots
Hike Type: Out and Back

Summary: This trail has a big elevation gain, but there are many switchbacks, so the grade doesn't feel nearly as bad as the 3800 feet suggests. It's tough, but the end result is amazing. Forget Mt. Si. Here you get the same elevation gain in a similar distance, but the 360 degree views make this far superior to the forest and highway views from the more popular Si.

Climb through the forest for about 2 miles. The trail will open up a bit at this point. The trail evens out in a short while for about a mile. Look back for views. Then, back to the uphill. You'll see your destination far uphill as you look out over Perry Creek.

The views are absolutely incredible. I've done probably 40 hikes in the Seattle area, and this is one of the tops for views. As long as you are in good shape, you'll be fine.

Here are the photos I found, so I know what I'm in for if I just tough it out:



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