We were FINALLY able to get outside after the most recent curse 2020 put on Pacific Northwesterners (Did anybody have wildfires on their 2020 bingo list? Anybody?? ) We had two weeks of heavy, dangerous smoke and were highly advised to not go outside. (Granted, we are near Seattle and it wasn't nearly as bad as some places, and we are very aware that so many people have lost their homes and all their valuables so we definitely kept our good fortune in perspective.)
On Saturday afternoon we headed over towards Plain, Washington which is just north of Leavenworth in the center of the State. Plain is a place we have been thinking about for our next home choice so it was about time we did some reconnaissance and, there just so happened to be a big ol'mountain that Rich had had on this "must climb" list for years- Mount David.
I have a good friend from my previous place of work that recently built a home with her husband and two kids right in the center of Plain (really the whole town is the " Center of Plain", blink and you miss it). I contacted her on the way out and lucky for us, they were home and ready for a visit! It was great to see her, and pick their brains about living in Plain. After dinner we headed up the road just a few miles to the trailhead, set the alarm for 5:30 am and slept in the 4Runner. (We have a mattress in the back, it's not like we just recline the front seats and say g'night! It's really quite cozy.)
At 5:30 am we downed some coffee and oatmeal and began our 14 mile hike with 5700 feet of gain (Similar to Mount St. Helens) Mount David is the highest peak in the Wenatchee Ridge at 7,420 feet. It once had a fire lookout on the top and the trail was built for mules to travel on with supplies for the lookout. This made me think, oh so easy-peasy! As we neared the summit there were some places that made us VERY aware of the consequences of a mis-step, but we reached the summit early, had some snacks and did some bargaining with God on the first 20 feet back down from the summit. The majority of the hike really was an wide and steady-uphill mule path. Here is some photo evidence of our survival (and the amazing non-smokey views)
(This is our view from the summit)
Just for fun, here is what the summit used to look like! Now it is it's original slab of rock married up with sheer 1000 drops on all side.
Enjoy the outdoors, ragamuffins.