Dakota still wants to hike, so yesterday we were off for another easy adventure: Tecumseh. She wanted to hike it from the ski area side, so that’s what we did.
The trail is the same as always, although it looked like some rock work had been done in the first section of trail for drainage and erosion purposes. I hadn’t been on this side of the mountain for a couple of months, so it was hard to remember, but the work looked recent.
We crossed the stream, hiked up the hill, and through the flatter sections, getting near the large log and when we got the large log, it was gone! Well, not exactly gone, but rather it had been cut into sections and moved off the trail. That was a large tree, and a lot of work must have gone into the removal of the section over the trail.
We continued on and up to the outlook. Dakota had skied the slope that the trail lead to, and was surprised to see how deep the grasses and ferns were on the slope. After investigating the slope and getting a snack, it was time for the long haul up hill.
This section always seems the longest to me, but in the end, it levels out and the Sosman Trail junction appears. She decided she wanted to continue ahead on the Mt. Tecumseh Trail, so we kept to the right and headed up to the summit that way. Once at the summit, we tried to get some views, but it was too hazy and even the Tripyramids were not clear.
When it was time to descend, she decided she wanted to try to the Sosman Trail down to the junction with a Tripyramid Trail, so off we went down the other side of the summit cone.
Then came the long descent. Almost at the bottom she wanted to explore another, unmarked side trail out to the ski slopes that she had seen on the way up. I knew it was there, but had never followed it, so off we went to check that out. The trail leads to a small lift and then out onto the slopes.
She wanted to walk down the slopes, so I said we could and then get back on the trail at the short outlook trail. She thought it might be easier to descend the ski slopes. In reality, it is just different than the trail filled with rocks. The ski trails have tall vegetation, and hidden rocks and streams, and are not as smooth and manicured as they look from a distance. Undeterred, she wanted to keep going, so down we went, ducking back into the woods at the right place and back to the car.
We had a fun morning and she’s got one more peak on her list. I think Hale is next on her list!