Day 135: Goat Rocks

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.

There are flowers everywhere in Washington.  

I feel like I’m in a Disney movie all the time. 

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 popped over the saddle of a ridge and were greeted with the most amazing view of Goat Rocks. I guess there are lots of goats that live in these rocks, although we couldn’t see any from the trail. 

As we kept hiking we looked up and saw another basalt column rock formation like we saw in the Sierras at the Devil’s Postpile outside of Mammoth. 

Nature is so cool!

We reached Cispus pass and looked back to the valley and the trail where we had come from. 

After we crested the pass, we headed down towards another valley and had yet another incredible mountain view. 

And as we got closer we looked up to what I assume is more of Goat Rocks. 

We cruised through meadows and had the prettiest afternoon. 

I love days like this. I would rather climb all day in order to see awesome views instead of having flat terrain and being stuck in the woods. 

We passed over a cute little waterfall right on the trail. 

And passed through a really rocky section. 

I think it’s funny how we have walked over tons of rocky sections like this, but they randomly decided to wall this one up. 

I love when people make these:

It’s cool to think about how many people have helped contribute to making it. 

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:

We’ll be climbing up there in the morning. 

And here’s the view to the northwest:

It’s pretty hazy from yet another fire up north. But if you look closely you can see a mountain lake in the first one and Mt. Rainer in the background of the second. 

And here’s the view to the west as we were eating dinner:

And then we watched the most epic sunset:

Definitely made carrying that water all the way up here worth it. 

And then Colton decided to be a photographer:

He’s pretty proud of himself.

Another early night to bed for us and tomorrow we hike into Packwood and might even get to sleep in a real bed!


4 thoughts on “Day 135: Goat Rocks

  1. Sorry to hear you got stung. Are you sure it was a bee? If the stinger stayed in your flesh, it was a bee. If there was no stinger at the site of the puncture, it was probably a wasp. Bees have barbed stingers while wasps have smooth stingers. There are very few true bees at the altitude of the Goat Rocks.

    I got my trail name in the Goat Rocks last year explaining that the black and yellow buzzing insects in the wild flowers were bee mimics called hover flies. They look and sound exactly like honey bees and fill the same ecological niche but they do not make honey or have stingers. The really cool thing about the hover flies is that they lay eggs in the soil and their larva eat nematodes and other plant pests. It is a truly elegant symbiotic relationship and they are among the most beneficial insects out there.

    You are lucky to have seen the goats. I looked all over for them and never saw one.

    Old Beekeeper

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