Today was a long day both in miles, time and all the different terrain and views.
I was on trail by 5:45am and got to enjoy a great sunrise.
Most of the day afforded fantastic views of big peaks.
There was a lot of snow in places but only a couple patches we needed to hike through.
In several areas of Qwest hiked through old lava flows. Not the easiest hiking underfoot.
Brilliant wildflowers !
Peaceful ponds (North Sister in background).
Even Trail Magic…
Their son hiked the PCT last year and since they live in the area (Eugene) they like to come out to help out the hikers. They helped me out with a pint of Haagen Daz (gone in 60 seconds), as well as coke, chips and Oreos!
Mt Washington with more lava fields (5 mile section).
Selfie in the middle of the lava field with Middle Sister and North Sister on horizon.
Mt Washington again.
Home for the night was Big Lake Youth Camp…they are very Hiker friendly !
I camped next to the lake and cant wait to go to sleep!