Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pacific Crest Trail 2009 ~ Part 31

We followed the eastern border of Mount Rainier National Park.

Mount Rainier actually has a trail circling it called the Wonderland Trail.  It's about 95 miles long ~  if any of you are interested in a lengthy, but not too lengthy adventure.

It felt like we had the entire mountain chain to ourselves.  Where were all the adventurers?

Crystal Mountain Ski Area was to be seen in this section.  It is very accessible to Tacoma and Seattle, Washington.

Mount Rainier is a whopping 14,411 Feet tall.

...Just Incredible...

Here in the Norse Peak Wilderness we were only up 6,000 feet in elevation.

We ran into the coldest spring of the trail at Crow Basin which gave us brain freeze.

At government meadow there is a free snowmobiler's cabin that hikers and recreational enthusiasts can stay in.  But we kept on trekking towards Canada.

We camped at a small pass and it seemed to rain on us all night long.  However, when we broke camp we walked around the corner and everything was dry.  The trees were only ringing out the moisture from the clouds that streamed through the pass.

As you can see, we were leaving National Forest Land into an area that has been heavily logged.  But we never really saw much of it because we were always walking in the clouds.  

We did, however, continue to eat 1000's of blueberries.  We also ran into a special Ultra Running event where participants ran/hiked one hundred miles in something like 32 hours.  They had field stations set up every seven to 10 miles.  They were so excited to see us.  They gifted us all the food we could eat which included fruits and vegetables, energy drinks, and just about any power food you can think of.  We were awed by their generosity and vigor to explore the great outdoors both through the day and the night.

At Mirror Lake, the skies opened up in time for us to enjoy our approach towards Interstate 90 and Snoqualmie Pass.


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