Sunday, September 18, 2011

September 12, 2011

Start: 2249
End: 2280

We made our way today from the west side of Mt Adams up into the Goat Rocks Wilderness today. We had some nice views of Mt Adams in the morning, and could even just make out the faint silhouette of Mt Rainier through the smokey haze. Soon after, we entered some dense forest and didn't have much variation in hiking other than trees which had fallen across the trail that we had to climb over, duck under, or walk around.

Just at the end of this section we passed a trail junction to Wahtum Lake, and then began to climb up toward Nannie Ridge and into the heart of the Goat Rocks Wilderness.

I have been eager to get to the Goat Rocks for a while now. For a couple years I have been wanting to get up here to see a part of the GP that people rave about. It is also one of the favorite places on the entire trail for PCT thru-hikers. As soon as we crossed over the next ridge I could see why.

The last few miles were almost magical as we made our way over Cispus Pass by moonlight and found a soft grassy place to camp in a meadow. Can't wait to see the rest of Goat Rocks tomorrow!

Sent from the PCT

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