The plan was to snowshoe Mt. Catherine today. Our problem was that our plan didn’t consider what we would do if the road to Mt. Catherine was impassable. Yep.
According to the maps our smartphones could find, there was another spur road that would hook up with the road we needed, so we figured we’d drive over there, park, and then see about hiking back toward our goal. We climbed almost 509 feet up a very steep, very icy area next to one of the main ski runs at Hyak before the husband of 7-month-pregnant-Andrea decided we (she) weren’t going any further. Boyfriend and I really struggled with our snowshoes; we found out later that the kind of snowshoes I own were for long rambles without a lot of elevation gain. After we turned back, we found an area of soft, pillowy snow outside of the ski area boundaries, so we stopped to play and enjoy ourselves for a while. Although we didn’t accomplish what we set out to do, we all had a good time.
Since we had driven to the top of the pass and had only clocked 1.16 miles, I really wanted to get some more mileage and elevation in. Everyone else decided to bail, but David and Boyfriend agreed that we should get another hike in, so we drove 20 miles back down the pass to go and hike the Twin Falls trail. According to my watch, we ended up hiking another 5.14 miles and climbed an additional 1,811 feet of elevation, bringing our daily totals to 6.3 miles and 2,320 feet of elevation gain.
After our multiple outings, we were famished and decided to go try out the grub at the Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company. Although I was a bit taken aback that the restaurant doesn’t serve fries (What is it about breweries serving commercially produced potato chips instead of fries? The Redhook Brewery is the same way!) I pretty much wanted to order one of everything on the menu.
We ordered beers and an order of their Garlic Cheese Bread to tide us over while we decided on our entrees. Once we finally decided on what we wanted to eat, it didn’t take long for the food to arrive. The food was hot, the service was friendly, and the portions were reasonable for the prices. Still, dinner for the three of us topped $75 before tip, so be prepared!