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Day 157 - 9/2/18

September 14, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mile 2147.1 to 2166.2 for 19.1 miles after breakfast and hiking about .5 miles back to the trail. Had an elevation increase of 4932 and decrease of 3666. Hiking at 7:30 and into camp at 5:15 by Rock Creek. Our packs were heavy with the 8 days of food we were carrying to get us to White Pass. The first thing we noticed after crossing the Bridge of Gods (entering Washington) was all the lush green vegetation. At one point a small animal that looked like a mouse but with a pointy nose scurried alongside Jerry. It was about two inches long and amazingly kept up with him for about 10 feet. It didn’t seem afraid of us nor want to leave the trail. Got water at Cedar Creek and then at camp (an 11.5 mile dry stretch). Enjoyed some great views of Mt. Hood, Mt Adams and Mt. St. Helens. The trail was quite rocky at times and it was disappointing to see how badly scarred SW WA is from clear cutting that has not been replanted. We met “Medicine Man”, “Pine Cone”, “Danger Zone”, and “Sharp Shooter”. There were still lots of PCT hikers on the trail so no solitude. Not as many as the freight train of hikers coming out of Timberline Lodge, but still unable to take a break without having several hikers pass by or take their break at the same place and time as us. We saw lots of thimble berry and huckleberry bushes but all were through producing for the season. We also became reacquainted with devils club, ferns, vine maple and slugs. 

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