Jul 31, 2009 at 9:53 pm #1238255
This was my first long distance solo trip and luckily all wen't well. Temps were definitely warmer, both night and day, then I was used to with highs close to 90 and lows in the 60s. My total pack weight was just under 20 lbs with 7 lbs of food, 2L of water and a 8.5 pound base pack weight. I averaged about 19 miles a day over 4 days and gained a lot of much needed knowledge.
Met my first group of hikers on top of Stevens pass ski resort. One of them snapped the only picture I have of myself from the whole trip.
Very early on I was longing for a Tenkara setup with the abundance of beautiful lakes.
Spent my first night here at Deception lakes.
The Mount Daniel stream crossing.
Deep lake, Buggiest place I've ever been.
My favorite camp was at Waptus lake. I found a secluded Island camp site with beautiful views in every direction.
I slept in and took my time at Waptus lake in the morning finally leaving around 11.
The most scenic section on the trail IMHO was Escondido ridge.
A thunder storm was rolling in and just after I took this picture a bolt of lightning struck right in my frame about a mile away.
On the way down I crossed paths with some backpackers going the opposite way. They warned me that the Lemah creek bridge was out but there was a short detour with a calf high ford. Shortly after I talked to them It started to rain and I could tell by the increase in mountain runoff that I was going straight to the ford.
By the time I got there it had been raining steadily for over 3 hours and the stream was now definitely deeper than calf deep. I scouted around and found the washed out bridge.
I used my brunton ADC pro to measure the now thigh high water temp and speed at 51.3F and 6.4 MPH.
Due to my late start I came into Spectacle lake at 9:30 and wen't straight to bed.
It was dark when I came in, so when I woke up in the morning I was stunned by the scenery around me.
Looking back at Kendall catwalk
All in all I had a great trip. Luckily water was plentiful on the trail and I even drank some untreated water for the first time on my last day out totaling about 4 liters. I haven't started to pee out my butt yet so thats a good sign. My only injuries were sun burned/bug bitten arms and 2 small blisters on my toes so I'm going to try some Injinji socks and a long sleeve shirt. There was a good amount of overgrowth and tons of biting bugs but only a little snow on trail and a few blowdowns.Aug 1, 2009 at 4:09 am #1518081
@thomdarrahLocale: Southern Oregon
Very nice trip and great pictures. Thanks!Aug 1, 2009 at 12:20 pm #1518137
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Brings back fond memories. Wish I could take pictures like yours.Aug 1, 2009 at 2:25 pm #1518156
Thanks guys. My secret to getting a good photo is taking 10 bad ones first.Aug 1, 2009 at 5:28 pm #1518176
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
Great trip report and photos Matthew, and a classic Cascade route. Nineteen miles/day—you were flying. Well done!
(I've hiked all that trail, but never strung together.)
RickAug 1, 2009 at 9:09 pm #1518205
Thanks for the pics to fuel the fire. I'm headed out that way in a couple weeks. We'll be taking 5 days or so to do that section northbound (I'm bringing fishing gear), Than with luck I'll be headed solo past stevens to rainy pass. Great pics and thanks for the trip report!Aug 1, 2009 at 9:31 pm #1518208
The fish were really active at the Waptus Lake island with room to cast all around. I could also count the amount of biting bugs I saw while I was there on 1 hand too which was a nice change. You'll have to post some fly fishing photos for us when you get back. Good luck.Aug 2, 2009 at 9:19 pm #1518366
I'll try to get the group to get plenty of fly fishing pics to share. I've been collecting all my flies, and need to refill my fly box with extras of all the ones that have been working in the alpine lakes so far.Aug 13, 2009 at 9:39 pm #1520771
Great pictures and report. I am doing this leg north bound leaving 08/29. Can't hardly wait to get their. HondoAug 16, 2009 at 12:06 pm #1521247
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
You have some great photos. I especially liked the thunderclouds and trail through the woods.Sep 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm #1528116
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Awesome Pics! Gotta say….that sunset was one of the greatest I've ever seen.
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