Yesterday we went on a hike to Red Top Lookout. Our goal was to get here:
It was about an hour’s drive from our house, but much of the drive was the climb up a winding dirt road to about 5,000 feet. Once we got there, the hike was not even a mile long, but it was a steep climb up.
Red Top Lookout is a fire watch tower and is apparently staffed by volunteers in the summer. They weren’t there yet, so I don’t know what the current status is of that. When we got to the top, it was locked up.
There were wildflowers in abundance on this hike.
I also thought this orange moss was pretty cool.
This hike goes through a beautiful wooded forest for a little while.
Then it went up steeply along a rather slippery rocky slope.
There is a cute little outhouse located near the lookout.
The top is a little scary. If you are afraid of heights, you might feel a little nervous. If you are afraid of heights + a slippery steep rock-riddled slope then you might feel more nervous. This is me B.F. (before fall).
Immediately after this, Davey and David started heading down while I was taking a few pictures. Then I started heading down. Well I slipped and landed on a sharp rock. Fortunately, I didn’t almost fall off the mountain or anything, but I fell hard. Ow. I was ok (although today I am a little beat up and also have a bruised gluteus maximus).
After that, I went down very gingerly and slowly (probably too gingerly and slowly), but I made it! The hike up was worth it for this amazing view.
It was a little cloudy. We had a 360 degree view, and on a really clear day we would have seen Mt. Rainier and I think Mt. Adams.
This was a beautiful, short, fun, steep and slightly terrifying hike!