Day 76, 8/10, Piped Spring Camp, M-2331, 29mi

Another fantastic day!

There was a 2000′ climb in the AM with great views of lakes…

and the many ranges to the South we had already hiked through.

And then…Mt Rainier!

The haze and finally lifted and we were the closest we will get to this big one on the PCT, cutting through a corner of Mt Rainier National Park.

Darth Vada hiking through the wildflowers.

These remind me of Dr Seuss characters.
Hot Fudge and Darth Vada enjoying a lunch time dip and a siesta at Anderson Lake.

We ran into lots of day hikers enjoying the many lakes on our descent to Chinook Pass.

On our way up to Sheep Lake we passed by three dads with their 7 kids (ages 4-9) and grandma and grandpa doing a 2 night camping trip.

We renamed the lake Chaos Lake…it was a gear explosion with kids running everywhere.
Two of the four year olds excited to go swimming.

A very quiet campsite next to the spring.

Day 75, 8/9, Snow Lake, M-2302, 19mi

The day started with a moonrise over Old Snowy Mtn.

After hiking up and out of the woods we had great views looking back from the direction we had come from.

To the north we had one of the clearest views yet of Mt. Rainier.

After crossing a divide we started our descent toward White Pass. You can just make out Mt. Rainier popping up on the horizon.

We made it to the highway and the Kracker Barrel convenience store by 9am. There was a small collection of hikers there. We spent half the day eating, charging batteries, organizing resupplies for the next 100 mile stretch.

This is Hot Fudge showing off her resupply goodies.

Around 3:00 we headed back out and made a short stop at Sandy Lake for a swim. The water was wonderfully warm.

This is a pic from the other day on the Knifes Edge…I’m in the front. .

We got into camp at Snow Lake around 7:00…not bad considering we hung out for 6 hours doing chores then went for a swim.

Snow Lake 🙂