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Rob "El Hefe" Widmer
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Date: Thu, Aug 15th, 2019
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Snoqualmie to Stevens Pass
Subject: Snoqualmie to Stevens Pass
I left Snoqualmie Pass with my good friend Jeff. We took Amtrak from Portland to Tukwila where Dan and Sandee (SoCal trail family) picked us up and took us to the trailhead. This was awesome of them and saved us a long Lyft fare. We hit the trail around 2 PM and hiked up into the clouds. It was all up from the pass and so we only made 6 miles before making camp at Ridge Lake. It was so foggy it was difficult to see any distance. There were lots and lots of other campers so we thought about pushing on but given that daylight was running out we settled on a spot. Rain began about 3 AM but stopped in the morning. In the morning I discovered that a critter had chewed a hole in my tent and attacked my roll of tp. Food was left untouched. Hmmm. After packing up our wet gear we hiked through clouds and fog that forced us into our raingear. We could tell from the terrain that we were missing nice views. Around noon we began to descend out of the clouds and fog and ended up camping on a feeder stream for Pete Lk. As a precaution against critters (little ones, not bears) we hung our food. I woke up around 3 AM and discovered that my tp had been ravaged once again. I thought I had blocked the hole but apparently not! Monday the weather was perfect for hiking and we really enjoyed the views and vistas. Tonight we are camped on Waptus Lake and are about 35 miles from Stevens Pass. On the descent to the lake I experienced some popping in my left knee. I've experienced this before so its not a complete surprise. Hopefully some vitamin I and rest will do the trick.
Overnight I was once again attacked by mice but this time they stayed out of my tent. At one point I woke because my mosquito net brushed my face and found myself eye to eye with a mouse on the outside of the net! They played around with my stove and water bottles but finally gave up. In all my years of backpacking Ive never had any problem with mice or squirrels.
Tonight (Tues) were camped at crowded Deception Lake. I'm really wavering about continuing north. Hiking into one of the most remote and challenging sections with a sore knee doesn't seem like the best idea. And frankly, I'm not sure I'm up for it. I should be excited but I'm more anxious. I'd hate to slow Dan and Sandee down or worse.
Wednesday we had some significant climbs and descents but really spectacular scenery. Both Jeff and I were a bit gimpy so we stopped early at Mig Lake. Because we were early we found a really nice spot to camp. Over the next few hours hikers rolled in and filled every flat spot. My friends Dan and Sandee came in late but were able to pitch their tent next to us. They hiked big miles to catch us! Today, Thurs we had a very pleasant and short hike to Stevens Pass. After coffee and bite D & S took me to Skykomish to pick up my resupply and brought me back. Awesome! That saves me who knows how long hitching a ride. Thanks D & S and daughter! Now, Jeff and I are spending the night at the Mountaineers Lodge with our new friend Ed. A bunk, shower, laundry, dinner and breakfast for $ 45. What hospitality!
After much deliberation Ive decided to continue north. My knee is feeling better and D & S seem willing to slow up a bit so I can hike with them. I'm very sorry that Jeff has to return to work. I really couldn't ask for a better friend and hiking buddy! I've told him to consider my hiking north a scouting mission in preparation for the time when he and I can hike to the border. Next stop is Stehekin in about a week.
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more: www.pcta.org
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