Mount Walker – Mother’s Day tradition

We hiked up Mt. Walker today for Mother’s Day and had a really nice time! Mom and Richard met us up at the top and then we all went to dinner at a neat place we had not tried before – The Olympic Timberhouse. Mount Walker is a tradition for us – I remember carrying Sam in a carrier when he was a baby. Today I wore the same pants that I wore that day 9 years ago – my favorite hiking pants from Old Navy, the junior boys’ section (good cargo pants!). I remember tearing them when I wiped out on the way down Mt. Walker with Sam on my back. That was the only time I ever wiped out carrying him, so those pants have lots of memories. We were both fine – just ripped the knee of my pants.

Mount Walker is a great hike for families. The trail is well marked, there’s enough parking at the trailhead, it’s not too far away from Poulsbo/Bainbridge area, and the trail is doable for kids. It is 5.0 miles roundtrip with 2000 ft elevation gain. It’s fairly steep – you’ll get a good workout especially if you’re carrying water for everyone. Our kids carry their own water now (unless they’re under the weather as Ben was today). Still, even with a low grade fever and sore throat, Ben (just turned 6) did just fine. Add 1.0 mile (0.5 miles each way) to get to the southern lookout (great views and worth it).

Dave telling the boys a funny story on the way up. :)

Dave telling the boys a funny story on the way up. 🙂

We kept seeing these super cute leaf-faces! I think Ben counted 36 of them. It was so funny! Clever idea!

We kept seeing these super cute leaf-faces! I think Ben counted 36 of them. It was so funny! Clever idea!

Another family tradition - the MOSSTACHE! :) Nicely done, Dave! You look good with a handlebar!

Another family tradition – the MOSSTACHE! 🙂 Nicely done, Dave! You look good with a handlebar!

View of the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the northern lookout on Mt. Walker.

View of the Strait of Juan de Fuca from the northern lookout on Mt. Walker.

Dinner afterwards - yum!!! We also ran into our neighbors here, having dinner after going on a hike, too!

Dinner afterwards – yum!!! We also ran into our neighbors here, having dinner after going on a hike, too!

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