Week 23 – Stevens Pass to Stehekin (mile 2462 to 2569)

I left from Stevens Pass on Saturday afternoon, to get in a few miles before dark. I woke up the next morning to an early season snowstorm, and the next two mornings after that to light rain/drizzle. But the weather generally was dry in the afternoons, and I was able to dry out then. Well, I guess no one really “dries out” in Washington…you just get less wet! :-p

Day 138: (Sept 5th)

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Leaving Stevens Pass
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Mountains are getting bigger again!

Day 139: (Sept 6th)

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Why is it still so dark at 8am??
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Oh, 2 inches of snow...
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Miserable, wet slushy hiking
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Washington has some crazy looking mushrooms. Kinda like the Super Mario ones

Day 140: (Sept 7th)

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Another misty wet day

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The sun is trying to come out
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I found a random locked canister
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The obligatory mileage photo. Only one more to go!
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View from Red Pass
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Must've been a powerful flood thru here!
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More flood effects
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The bridge was still functional at least
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Glacier peak is trying to show itself

Day 141: (Sept 8th)

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Another wet day in Washington
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There used to be a trail here. Its a looong jump now
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I found some enormous trees. Backpack set against the tree for scale.
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Cool glacial river. Not drinkable, but the silt feels neat on the skin

Day 142: (Sept 9th)

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Sunny dry day!
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Nice smooth trail today, no washouts or broken bridges
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Glacier peak view from Suiattle Pass
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Land of the Marmots
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Bridge in need of a tuneup
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Nice lunch break by a waterfall
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I just thought this sign was funny

Day 143: (Sept 10th)

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View from my tent...good morning!
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It was a short 4 mile walk to the Stehekin shuttle bus
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View from our lunch table
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A ham steak as a burger topping?? Yes please
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We tried to hitch a ride on the plane

The hike thru Glacier Peak wilderness was beautiful, when the weather cooperated to allow a view. It was 108 miles of hiking without seeing a road or building, I think this was the most remote section of the whole trail. I’m gonna enjoy civilization in Stehekin for a day, before I get back on trail to hike the final 81 miles!
-R

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