Barb’s birthday hike

Barb decided she wanted to go on a hike for her birthday. She spent a lot of time trying to find just the right hike. Not too short, not too long, not too long of a drive, not too much elevation gain, and absolutely required was “a nice view”.

She settled on Cedar Butte. It was only 30 minutes away from home, 900 feet of elevation gain, and 3.8 miles round trip. It seemed pretty reasonable. But what about the view? I’ll let you decide.

The “trail” started as something which was suitable for vehicles. But then we took a turn up the mountain for a much better experience.







That’s a very creative spelling of Cedar Butte.


On the way back we took an alternate route that added another 0.5 miles to the trip. Barb asked me which way I wanted to go. I opted for the alternate route and said, “I like variety.” She countered with, “I’m going to get you a shirt that says, ‘I like variety.’” I don’t know what she is talking about but we went on the alternate route.

The alternate route was called “Blowout” because of a logging camp which was destroyed when a dam burst. We didn’t see anything that suggested such a disaster but it was nice hike with a lot of trees with interesting moss formations. With the right lighting and mood music it could be pretty spooky there:





9 thoughts on “Barb’s birthday hike

  1. Ceder Butts hold up pretty well in Western Washington weather.

  2. looks like you only took pictures on the flat parts of the trail.

    That elevation and that distance sounds like a rough slog to me.

    I’ve conned myself into hikes like that before….the hike is nice, the view spectacular, the next week of achy muscles….not so much…

    • It wasn’t really that steep. There was a fair amount of uphill walking but I think we only stopped to rest twice.

      The muscles were a little bit sore when we got out of the car after coming home, but not bad. After an afternoon nap I was feeling fine as I am today.

      Perhaps you need to be 20 or 30 years older like Barb and I. 🙂

  3. I guess spelling is not a job requirement for USGS surveyors?

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