Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pacific Crest Trail 2009 ~ Part 29



From just below Mount Adams, we got our first great views of Mount Rainier in the near distance.




We would be later be hiking along Mount Rainier National Park's eastern boundary.




Fields of lupine adorned Mount Adams.




We crossed this raging creek on a make shift bridge that often gets swept away. (below)




No matter the angle, Mount Adams truly shined with its Majesty.




Stacey and I continued our daily feast on Huckleberries and Blueberries.  It was a bumper crop year. We must have eaten many thousands of them over a few weeks time.




After Mount Adams we entered into the Goat Rocks Wilderness.




In the bottom photo we saw a group of over 80 Mountain Goats grazing upon these expansive meadows near Cispus Pass.




Washington's Central and North Cascades are known for their rugged scenic and sculpted beauty.




I personally never tired over the views of Mount Adams.




Where were all the people who were missing out on this magnificence.  We did see a handful of hiking and camping parties in this area though, but nothing compared to the time I hiked through here in 2001.  There must have been hundreds of people scattered everywhere that particular year. 




The next morning we had to walk over the very icy Packwood Glacier.  The ice proved to be hard as a rock and very steep.  So we descended below and around it to spare ourselves from a potential accident. 




 A lone Mountain Goat crossed our path just ahead presenting us with the symbol that this wilderness represented, showing us a sign that we were truly welcome here.




With simply awesome views of Mount Rainer, we traversed The Knife's Edge, which was so perfectly and aptly named.







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