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Tagged With: Snoqualamie Pass

Day 134: We Can See Clearly Now

September 11, 2015
Snoqualamie Pass (2401.9) to Seasonal stream past Lemah Meadow trail junction (2424.7)
22.8 PCT miles today
2459.3 miles total
Today’s Elevation Gain/Loss: + 6,180 ft, – 6,029 ft

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For Pickles and I, there’s no better morale booster than above-tree line trails and epic mountain vistas. It felt like Washington changed drastically as soon as we crossed over Hwy 90. Instead of walking through hundreds of miles of tree tunnels (not to mention thick grey clouds and fog), today we found ourselves scaling up the sides of mountains, skirting along narrow traverses, plowing through rock fields, photographing crystal clear alpine lakes, and of course, staring out at seemingly endless ranges of craggy mountains. This is our kind of hiking, and it has gotten us quite excited about what else this state might have in store, especially if it chooses to stay clear.

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Day 128: Are We There Yet?

September 5, 2015 (24th Re-Ration – White Pass)
Tentsite before Hidden Spring (2293.1) to Hwy 12 – White Pass (2303.0)
9.9 PCT miles today
2337.6 miles total
Today’s Elevation Gain/Loss: + 1,574 ft, – 2,334 ft

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We assumed that when we finally got to camp last night we were out of the worst of it and that the 10 remaining miles that we needed to hike into town today would be on standard downhill dirt trail. Instead, the morning held yet another adventure in snow, ridge-lines, ice and mud. By the time we finally got to White Pass at 11am we were haggard, wet, freezing cold and forming that obnoxious, futile question in our minds and on our lips: “Are we there yet?” We know that we’re supposed to be enjoying every moment of this experience, but sometimes enough is enough, and today we felt more than just a little ready to reach that Canadian border and be done with all the daily discomforts and seemingly endless miles.

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