100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest
by Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers (The Mountaineers Books)
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I had no idea what I was getting into on this one, but this was the mountain that changed my life. The first four miles are hard, just kept going up. After another mile, I turned around, went home and swore I would never do it again. This was my first real hike, but I want to try it again. The trail is well marked, easy to find, and just go up. Be sure you have the right gear - don't underestimate this.
I backpacked from Noisy Creek Campground to Hall Mtn summit. Strenuous 14 mile roundtrip hike but doable for a weekend with large pack. After you get to around the 4 mile mark after you leave the creek behind there are two nice grassy areas with good spot for tent. Before that point there is not a suitable place to pitch a tent and it is mostly deep into valley by a stream, very wet, not where I wanted to stop. I hiked to the summit after spending the night at about the 4 mile mark. the next morning from here then back to camp and all the way down. Views are grat the last 2 miles, all meadow, saw no sheep or other wildlife. Very cool night, 30's , lots of dew. tons of stars , saw no one except for at beginning of trail going out and back. 40000 foot elevation gain is rough going up, but no problems on trail.
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