August 27, 2017: Hiked Miles 2246.9 to 2273.8 (26.9 total)
We had a nice mild morning. It’s so nice to be able to eat breakfast without freezing your butt off.
The morning hiking consisted of walking through lots of trees. I couldn’t see much besides my little trail and occasionally, a small pond wound emerge. The only exciting thing that happened all morning was getting stung by a bee. It happened only a mile or two into the day. I stopped to put shorts on and take my sweater off and this big old bee stung the back of my knee, all the way through my knee brace. I yelled a little and got the heck out of there. I ended up seeing bees all day today. Not my favorite of animals.
Before lunch the trail emerged from the trees and started climbing a ridge. And we started to get some better views.
We stopped for a quick lunch break on our way up the hill at the only water source for miles. It was just barely trickling, but it was ice cold and so refreshing. Since it was the only water around, it was a popular spot to stop. We chatted with a bunch of new people and then moved on after eating to make room for others.
After lunch we zigzagged our way up the rest of the mountain.
We reached Cispus pass and looked back to the valley and the trail where we had come from.
I love when people make these:
We stopped to get water and then made the last mile and a half up a ridiculously steep hill to our campsite. I hate carrying extra water uphill, but you gotta do what you gotta do to get the views.
Here’s the view to the east of our campsite:
And here’s the view to the northwest:
And here’s the view to the west as we were eating dinner:
And then Colton decided to be a photographer:
Another early night to bed for us and tomorrow we hike into Packwood and might even get to sleep in a real bed!