Progressive Hiking Schedule Snoqualmie Region


Mailbox Peak Summit September 2019

Training helps you enjoy the hike, backpacking or summit climb. You are more relaxed and fully present to appreciate your surroundings if you are not under the physical and psychological stress of being overwhelmed with the effort of hiking.

I suggest progressively increasing the difficulty of your hikes. If you are training for a backpacking trip or a mountain summit, it is best to start training in earnest at least 8 weeks before a backpack trip or 6-8 months before a summit.  Prior to that, it really helps to start with a good base of cardiovascular exercise such as moderate walking, jogging, biking and thus already have basic conditioning. If you do not have this base, a 12-16 week progressive build-up to pre-trip hiking fitness is more appropriate.

Some of these hikes are not accessible during the winter season. Check WTA.Org for trail reports, weather reports, directions and pass requirements.

Maria Faires’ Progressive Hike Schedule Snoqualmie Region

Hike Mileage RT elevation gain Feet/mile elevation gain High Point Difficulty Rating
Rattlesnake Ledge 4 1160 580 2,078 16
Margaret’s Way 5.5 1500 545 1,730 17
Tiger 3 5 2,100 840 2,525 22
Poo Poo via Chirico 3.8 1,760 926 1,850 23
Talapus/Ollallie Lake Exit 45 6.2 1220 394 3780 12
Annette Lake 7.5 1400 373 3600 15
Olallie Lake via Pratt Lake Trail Exit 47 6 na na na 15
Poo Poo Via High School 8 1700 425 na 15
Kamikaze Falls 6 1420 473 2370 16
Little Si 4.7 1,300 553 1,550 16
Snow Lake 7.2 1700 472 1830 17
Cable Line- West Tiger 3 3.0 2022 1348 2522 31
Twin Lakes & Lillian Lake 9 2000 445 5300 18
Pratt Lake Basin 11 2300 418 4100 19
Melakwa Lake 8.5 2500 589 4600 21
Mason Lake 6.5 2420 744 4320 22
West Tiger Four-Summit Loop 9.6 2830 na 2948 22
Mt. Si 8 3150 787 3900 24
Bandera 8 3400 850 5240 26
Mt. Washington Exit 38 Ollalie 8.5 3250 764 4450 24
McClellan Butte 9 3700 822 5162 26
New Mailbox 9.4 4,000 851 4,822 27
Granite Mountain 7.6 3,658 962 5629 28
Old Mailbox 5.2 4000 1538 4882 37
Camp Muir Mt. Rainier 8 4,600 920 10,080 32
Camp Muir to Summit   4,330      
Paradise to Mt. Rainier Summit (although typically done in 2 parts) 16 9010 1126 14,411 39

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Anti-Aging Skin Care


Full disclosure, I am not a dermatologist or aesthetician. I do have a background in chemistry and am a beauty enthusiast. At 57, I am frequently asked what I do for my skin and am writing this blog to share with friends or those interested.

Everyone’s skin is different. So I advise you to see a dermatologist or master esthetician to further guide in in choosing the routine that is best for you.

These are the steps I follow morning and evening. I even keep this list in my bathroom for reference:

In my research I have found that there are key ingredients that should be part of an overall skin care routine. My personal goals are to prevent acne, improve skin texture, discourage whiteheads and blackheads, get rid of and prevent hyperpigmentation and age spots, minimize wrinkles, reduce pore size and prevent further aging.  

So here are some of the key ingredients that can help with those goals.

Proven acne treatment ingredients include: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, retinol, and zinc pyrithione.

Ingredients that help fight skin aging include: retinol, glycolic acid, green tea antioxidants and vitamin C, and broad spectrum sunscreens.

Ingredients that work for hyperpigmentation include: broad spectrum sunscreens, retinol, vitamin C, glycolic acid, hydroquinone, and some botanical lighteners such as kojic acid.

Moisturizers. The ingredients to look for: hyaluronic acid, ceramides, sodium PCA, glycerin, glycerol, silicones, petrolatum, salicylic acid, and alpha hydroxy acids.

Hydroxy Acids are compounds that exfoliate surface cells and encourage cell turnover, helping skin to look and feel younger. There are 2 main types: Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs). Salicylic is a BHA. Beta hydroxy acid penetrates into the pore which contains sebum and exfoliate the dead skin cells that are built up inside the pore. This helps minimize clogged pores. AHAs exfoliate surface cells and encourage cell turnover. The AHA Glycolic acid is small and get into the skin. It boosts collagen production and elastin production; also removes waste and dead skin cells. AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin. Sunscreen MUST be applied when using an alpha hydroxy acid product.

Just like we need to eat antioxidants to defend our bodies against free radicals we need antioxidants in skin care products to help protect the skin from deterioration and defend against environmental assaults that lead to signs of aging. Antioxidants: Green tea extract, ferulic acid, grape extract, resveratrol, quercetin, vitamin C, vitamin E, epigallocatechin-3 gallate, superoxide dismutase, willow herb) extract, feverfew extract, and licorice extract.

These are the products I am currently using. There are lots of great products and even more worthless ones. I trust for their reviews. Look there for recommendations or to research what you are currently using. Don’t rely on Amazon’s reviews which are just users and not skin experts. Look the product up on Beautypedia and there you will find expert reviews.

  • Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser, Sensitive Skin
  • Clarisonic’s Smart Profile Sonic Brush (This is their latest version. Mine shown here is an older, not as good version)
  • Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-reducing Toner
  • Thomas Roth 10% Glycolic Solutions Moisturizer AHA
  • Paula’s Choice RESIST Advanced Pore-refining Treatment 4% BHA
  • Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum: large list of antioxidants, 15% vitamin C packaged in a way to keep ingredients stable.
  • Algenist’s ELEVATE Advanced Retinol Serum: contains a mix of retinol and other beneficial anti-aging ingredients such as cell-communicating, antioxidant and replenishing ingredients.
  • Kiss My Face Face + Neck Face Factor 30 Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Not the 50): Inexpensive, broad-spectrum, mix of antioxidants, anti-irritants and emollients, cell-communicating ingredients.
  • La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Inexpensive.
  • Paulas’ Choice DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30.  Antioxidants, mineral titanium and zinc, based sunscreen, hydrating
  • Clinique Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer for Dry to Combination Skin
  • Paula’s CLEAR Oil-Free Moisturizer






I alternate between these three face sunscreens. Use on face, neck and chest. All have zinc without the chemical sunscreens that can cause cancer. Zinc acts as a physical shield between skin and the sun. That should be in all sunscreen. DO NOT USE the chemical sunscreen ingredient oxybenzone. For more info research that on EWG.Org. Okay chemicals to use are: octinoxate and octisalate.  Zinc PLUS Titanium can cause breakouts.  I also apply a lip sunscreen with SPF all day long. I also use a body sunscreen on hands and any other exposed skin during the day even if I am not going outside.
Wear sunscreen even if you are not planning on going outside. UVA rays inside a building cause wrinkles and UVB (B for beach or burn) causes skin cancer and wrinkles. So yes, you do want to use a sunscreen even if you are not going to the beach.
I use a Bufpuf twice a week to gently exfoliate my skin. This removes some of the unhealthy, built-up skin cells on top of the surface. The Bufpuf has to be kept exceptionally clean.
Links to the products I mention are below if Amazon has them for sale.