So this was my starter hike for 2013, since I hadn’t hiked up Saddle Rock since I was about 12 years old (I grew up in Wenatchee). I remember as a kid me and my friends would run straight up the middle of the mountain without having to slow down. Well… times have changed. I much fatter, and in far worse shape. Not only that, but my old man knees have a hard time with all of the hard rock.
That being said, my very in shape friend actually ran most of the way up the mountain while I was struggling not to puke from pure exhaustion. Even though this is a very short hike it is VERY steep with very few leveling out points until you reach the top. I probably can’t even count high enough to tell you how many times I had to stop and rest on the way up. Next time I tackle this mountain I’ll make sure I haven’t been eating Dairy Queen and sitting on my ass the previous 12 months.
Needless to say, after almost dying on the side of the mountain, I did make it to the top in time to watch the sun rise. Was definitely worth the effort!