Many, many moons ago, I hiked a trail called Old Logger's Path, which I completed in 2.5 days and three nights. Around when I was leaving, I said, somewhat in passing to my mom, that she should feel welcome to come with me on some other backpacking trip if she was interested.
And guess what. She was interested.
We had discussed maybe doing an overnighter on a section of the Appalachian Trail, but we never got around to it. I was busy that summer, visiting my old haunts of Pittsburgh and New York, apartment hunting in Seattle, and eventually moving there. In fact, I had would up only deciding on one backpacking trip in all of 2021, and I bailed on that trip pretty darn early.
So, when my parents finally came out to visit me in July for the first time and enjoy Seattle's lovely, lovely, lovely temperate summer weather, backpacking with me was one of the top things on my mom's to-do list.
The goal then was to pick something relatively moderate, without too much elevation gain, but something still substantial enough for my mom not to feel like she had wussed out.
Eventually, I settled on the Thunder Creek trail in North Cascades National Park, which seemed pretty flat and easy. I was able to score a permit for two campers in the Tricouni Campground, located at mile marker 7.
Seven flat easy miles of forests and creek. A hiking companion that was somewhat dependant on my expertise.
Would it be as easy as I hoped?