Week 22 – White’s Pass to Stevens Pass (mile 2292 to 2462)

This was the week of rain. Washington normally gets less than an inch of rain in August, and we got 4-5″ of rain in the last week of the month. We were trying to be optimistic, and telling each other that the wildfires further north would surely be fixed by all the rain. And on Friday afternoon, the USFS announced that they reopened the PCT near Stehekin! So I suppose it was worth it to get a little wet. 🙂

When the clouds and fog did clear up for a few hours, the scenery was splendid. Deep gorges, alpine lakes, and even some fall colors in a state dominated by evergreen trees!

Day 130: (August 28th)

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Rainy day
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2300 miles, 350 to go!
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Autumn is coming, the shrub maples say so
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Marmots are everywhere
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PCT bridge by Mt. Rainier NP

Day 131: (August 29th)

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A very windy, and intermittently rainy, day

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Mountain lions or people?
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The scenery is nice when the rain/fog clears
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A cabin! We packed 8 hikers into it, for our only dry night this week
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Local trail angels made a sign from a Rainier beer box, and left us the beer (and cookies!)

Day 132: (August 30th)

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We hike a mile from the cabin, and found trail angels with a grill and a dry tent!
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Omelettes, burgers, hot cocoa & cider...yum
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A temporary break in the rain!
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And the rainclouds come back...

Day 133: (August 31st)

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Eerie forest in the fog
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Ski lifts always look creepy in summer

Day 134: (Sept 1st)
Zero day in Snoqualmie Pass Inn. No pictures, since my phone was drying out. And nothing photo-worthy, just hot-tubbing and eating 5000 calories!

Day 135: (Sept 2nd)

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It never rains in Washington in summer, they say....hah!
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A mile down the trail...
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The unplanned rest stops are the best
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This bird kept "leading" me down the trail
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Alpine lakes are back!

Day 136: (Sept 3rd)

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This waterfall was really loud, I think it was carrying some large rocks among all the rain runoff
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The weather can be guessed from the blue rainshell

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Day 137: (Sept 4th)

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Woke up in camp, and it wasnt raining! But there was a dusting of white stuff
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Yup, its cold. My camelbak hose had slush-water in it
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Cathedral peak
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Lots of snow up high
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This is Surprise Mtn. Seems pretty obvious to me.

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Cool reflection lake. It was also ice cold

From Stevens Pass, I went in to Skykomish for the night…its nice to be dry & warm. Plus I needed to get to the Post office to get my passport; its hard to believe Canada is only 188 miles away! 
Inside the package with my passport, my parents also included lots of wonderful treats! It’s always nice to have a variety of snacks and a taste of home (the west coast needs Wegmans)

In future hiking news, I see the mountain I intend to climb in a few years was finally conferred the official name of ‘Denali’, a name which hikers/climbers and Alaskans have always used. Yay!

Looking forward to my final week on the trail!
-Recon

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