Bandara Mountain and Sleeping Lady
Aug 2-4 2007
random trip report
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I fly up to Seattle to attend RosettaCon in Leavenworth, and arrange to meet Dave Gedye at the Tiger Mountain trailhead at 4:30, for a quick hike before my drive. We both get there at 4:00 and decide to continue up I-90 a bit and do a longer hike, namely Bandara Mountain, a 7 mile round trip with 2,850' vertical.
We drive to the end of a 3-mile dirt road and are walking at 4:45. The first mile or two is in forest.
We emerge from the forest and get a nice view of Mt. Rainier.
The main trail continues to a lake; we take a small trail that goes up a steep slope towards the summit.
The light begins to fade.
We reach the parking lot. I change into my jeans, locking my shorts (which have the car keys) in the trunk. Panic sets in. Fortuntately Dave has cell-phone signal and we manage to get a tow truck from North Bend to come out. The driver (another Dave) complains good-naturedly about the dust from the dirt road getting all over his truck (a giant diesel rig, overkill for this application) which he washed the day before.
At 9:30 I say goodbye to Dave and drive on to Leavenworth, stopping in Cle Elum for food. I get to the Sleeping Lady at 11:30. It's a sprawling Asilomar-type resort in the middle of the forest. The office is still open; the attendees are all either drinking or in the hot tub.
The next day I chat with various people. The resort is a cool place - lots of sculpture, a music center with a little concert hall and a Steinway B in the closet (which I play a bit). Also the food (which is part of the deal for ~$200 a day) is great.
I decide to start the drive early, and head back after dinner, stopping at a motel in Cle Elum.