Tiny Hikes: Squak Mountain Central Peak

January 4, 2017 in Outdoors / PNW / Travel

My family didn’t have a lot of traditions when I was growing up. Sometimes my mom would try to get us to go around the table at Thanksgiving and say one thing we were grateful for, which nobody took very seriously (sorry, mom). The traditions Daniel and I have created so far have sprung up organically from things that we loved doing last year and want to do again, like our snowy New Year’s Day hike up Squak Mountain.

We picked the Central Peak trail last year because of the lack of high snow drifts and the avalanche danger that comes with it. There was a bit more snow at the peak this year, about 3-4 inches, which made the trek even more fun.

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It wouldn’t be a snow hike without my Texan husband getting overdressed for the cold in his ski pants and multiple layers of shirts.

Also, I’m still basking in amount of trunk space our new (used) CR-V has compared to the old Mini Cooper. It might not be as fun to drive, but there’s plenty of space for boots, jackets, towels, and everything the dog needs.

 

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Speaking of the dog, Charlie came along with us as usual. Seeing him run through a few inches of the fluffy white stuff at the peak pretty much solidified that the only way he’s coming snowshoeing with us is if we carry him.

Charlie is sporting a gray Ruffwear fleece with his Ruffwear harness and plaid collar by RC Pet Products. On our next winter hike, he’ll be outfitted with red boots (surprisingly, not by Ruffwear!)

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It’s tough to put into words exactly how beautiful this hike was. The recent snow was still clinging to tree branches and the trail was covered in a thin layer of fresh powder, perfect for hiking with just a pair of well-tractioned boots.

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Take a moment and bask in the glory that is both the husband and the dog looking at the camera at the exact same time. It’s a Squak Mountain Miracle.

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I’m already looking forward to doing the same hike for the third time next January 1st. It’s a great workout and a perfect way to start our year off on the right foot.

In addition to all the benefits of physically dragging my body up a trail, hiking has always been a great way to connect with my husband. We’re both usually in good moods, without the distraction of our phones since there’s often no service, and almost totally alone.

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What are some things you do at the beginning of every year to reset your life? I’m always on the lookout for new, positive traditions!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Elise January 4, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Ahh looks magical! And this is pretty near me, I’m based in Vancouver! I need to get a little dog to accompany me though I think!

    • Reply kathie January 4, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Little dogs make the best hiking companions, in my very biased opinion 😉 And I bet you have some beautiful hikes up in Vancouver, I’ve been meaning to drive up and check it out!

  • Reply Jacqueline January 4, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    I’m in a winter wonderland in Toronto 🙂 Well not like you because it’s melted. But more snow is expected tonight 🙂

  • Reply Yanet January 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    That is beautiful! Totally makes me miss having any kind of weather other then summer all year long.

  • Reply Kateria Wynn January 4, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Those were some beautiful pictures! I’m from Florida so it’s hard to imagine smiling in the middle of snow! lol You have a beautiful dog and glad you were able to spend some quality adventure time with your husband 🙂

  • Reply Sandy January 4, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    What an awesome tradition!! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful and looks as though that hike was breathtaking in more ways than one. I love the dog!! He is adorable ! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Samantha Sophia January 4, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    I love your photos, they are beautiful.

  • Reply Julia January 22, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks for this! I move to Seattle in March – I can’t wait to explore! I think we might start a similar tradition, it looks wonderful. Also, Charlie is the cutest.

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