Tomorrow we start our weekly after-work hikes. Our first hike will be to the summit of West Tiger 3 Mountain with modest 30 lb packs. As our training progresses our loads will get heavier: 50-60 lb by May. Our hiking destination has been selected based on convenience. The Cable Line Trail has lots of elevation gain (2,000′ vertical) and is easy to access from Seattle.
The mossy chia-pet like forest on the lower part of the trail is kind of pretty, especially at sunset. However, there are no views this time of year (for after work hikes). You start in the dark and end in the dark. Bring a good headlamp – better yet, bring two.I’ve hiked the Cable Line trail many times, day and night, weekday and weekend. Night hiking in the rain builds character. Night hiking in the rain with heavy packs will build extra character. The weather tomorrow is supposed to be dry (but breezy), so we’re off to an easy start (maybe), at least as long as we’re not dodging any falling trees 🙂
Below are the two gallons of water I’ll be carrying in my pack.