… makes you stronger
Posted by joeabbott on July 28, 2013
A couple weeks back a friend invited me to climb Eldorado and so I’m on a training hike rampage. Last week I did Mt. Pugh on a solo venture and I did surprisingly well. Yes, I did lay down on the trail about 10 minutes off the top and went to sleep (more like “passed out”), but I finally made it and the next day I was still feeling fine. A little tired the day after that, but I was still in pretty good shape.
So it was with an avid interest that I took a buddy of mine up on getting out for another outing; this time we went to Mt. Dickerman.
Mt. Dickerman is off the Mount Loop Highway, which in the picture to the right is approximately along the red line.
The map itself represents a portion of Washington state NE of Seattle some 50-ish miles. Dickerman lies in the SE section, just across the red line from Big Four Mountain. In an earlier post, I talked about climbing Mt. Pugh … which is due south from White Chuck Mountain (just within the east edge of the map).
So, I headed out to Heath’s house and he drove that familiar route: north on Hwy 9 to Hwy 92, through Granite Falls to the Mt. Loop Highway, and out the 30 miles or so and, just before Barlow Pass, on the north side of the road, we found the parking area for Mt. Dickerman.
The trip itself is just under 4.5 miles and almost 3900’, so it’s a good, if unremarkable outing. With a partner, it took on the aspect of a leisurely and genial stroll to a high place wherein I took in the sights, took a few pictures and, yes, I took a nap, too.
While Dickerman gives you a workout similar to what many a closer hike might, you’re typically not heading up Dickerman purely for the exercise: it’s for the view.
I’ve been up Dickerman a time or two, and this time the trip was improved by the good company of my friend, Heath. He’s a solid hiker, a good partner, and kept a steady stream of conversation going even while I was tuckering out and finding it hard to keep up the pace.
If you’re in the vicinity of the Mt. Loop Highway and have the time for a nice hike, consider Dickerman. The views are impressive and, as I found out this past weekend, your journey will be much improved with the right company. Thanks for dropping in and have safe travels.