It’s like you’re a God atop Mt. Olympus. The clouds are at your feet, the wind whispers in your ear, and the cold bites like sharp teeth. It’s quiet, and still – it feels like the edge between earth and the heavens – like the stars are within your grasp – like you could just float away…
You can see the people below, filling the cities to overflowing. And it makes you feel very small, and the world very big.
For like 5 years I wondered what 4th of July would like like from the top of Mt. Pilchuck, where you can see the entire Puget Sound. This last summer I finally got to find out.
The day started a little late. I was supposed to meet up with my friends Margarita and Elina. But there was a little miscommunication. And they actually drove all the way up the mountain, then came back down to get me.
The hike was nice. It’s one of my favorites. It starts in an old forest, passes some streams along the way, goes up some steep switch backs, through some rock fields, over some snow, and finally ends with one of the best views you’ll ever see in your life.
It’s a little over 5 miles long and 2,000 feet elevation gain. Just perfect.
Luckily we still made it for sunset.
There was a decent amount of people at the top. More than I expected there to be, but not too much to the point where it felt overcrowded. Everyone was super chill and friendly.
The fireworks were pretty rad. Not much of like a showbut it was such a crazy different perspective. It was very calm and serene.
We stayed up to watch the stars for a bit, then slept on top of the peak.
Mt. Pilchuck is also one of my favorite spots for sunrise.
We spent the morning taking some photos. Went back to my place. Had some breakfast with my pregnant wife. Then we all went to the river to chill.
Talk about a perfect summer day✌🏼💫