24.2 miles to White Pass
2203 total miles
It rained again most of the night so I just worried again. I also wondered what Atlas thought about me not showing up in White Pass yesterday. It was foggy when I started hiking but then started to clear.
As I got to the open traverse leading to Cispus Pass I saw a herd of mountain goats! Awesome. They knew I was there and stayed just enough ahead of me that I couldn’t get a great photo. But they were there!
The sun was shining thru the clouds and rising over the Goat Rocks. I was feeling pretty good about my decision.
I descended into the fog on the other side of Cispus Pass.
As I climbed up the sun tried mightily to break thru. I could see Mt Rainer! A huge cloud bank sat just below it.
I could see the Knife’s Edge and the trail on top leading out forever.
I checked for cell service. Got it. I texted Atlas to let him know where I was. Then I checked weather. 80% chance of rain today. Yikes. I better hurry. I headed up the trail to Old Snowy and the fog enclosed around me. I walked the whole Knife’s Edge in fog but it stayed dry.
The last 13 miles were in rain. Better than last time when the last 15 were in rain. I guess I am just not supposed to see this part of the trail. I was very cold and wet when I got to White Pass. I had been dreaming of bacon all day. The gas station store was just about to close when I got there but I was able to get hot chocolate and hot fries. Atlas was still there. We bought beer, bacon and eggs. The condos next door have kitchenettes so we could cook. A long hot shower revived me. I washed out my clothes, turned the heat on high and popped open a beer. Then I ate bacon.
What a day! Not the day of my dreams but still great in a different way. You get what you get. I’m satisfied. Except for being cold at the end I had an awesome day.
Amazing pictures! What an epic day!
Epic is a great way to describe it. In many ways it was better than if I had had “perfect” weather.