Day 107 (20180715): 2312-2359.4

Today was a longer day than I particularly wanted because at the time I wanted to camp there were no good campsites. I did not have issues with mosquitos today which was really nice.

 Early morning beauty
Early morning beauty
 Sun just peeking out
Sun just peeking out

I started earlier than usual at 0532 because another hiker started packing and I could not get back to sleep. One advantage of the early start is that I get to enjoy the beautiful morning colors and cool temperatures.

 Mount Rainer in sunrise colors
Mount Rainer in sunrise colors
 Big lake
Big lake

Most of the day I had decent views of Mt Rainier. Early in the day I passed Chinook Pass which meant I saw a lot of day hikers.

 Small waterfall with rainbow near Chinook Pass
Small waterfall with rainbow near Chinook Pass
 Looking at the highway at Chinook Pass
Looking at the highway at Chinook Pass

Near the pass I met Long Gone who I have met twice before, we talked briefly.

 Sheep Lake looking at the ridge I have to climb over in the background
Sheep Lake looking at the ridge I have to climb over in the background
 Looking back to Sheep Lake and Chinook Pass from the ridge
Looking back to Sheep Lake and Chinook Pass from the ridge
 Looking ahead from the ridge reveals the trail to come
Looking ahead from the ridge reveals the trail to come

There were some steep climbs today and combined with the milage it made the day quite tough.

 Ski area in summer clothes
Ski area in summer clothes

Near Norse Peak I passed through a huge burn area from last year which meant a lot of trees to crawl over.

 So many burned trees today
So many burned trees today

Just before reaching my campsite I had a decent climb that was quite easy because of the gentle grade. It was already dark when I arrived at the campsite but for the first time since before Oregon there did not seem to be any mosquitos so I did not setup my bivy.

 Sunset
Sunset

I plan to reach Snoqualmie Pass tomorrow and stay the night at Summit Inn since it is probably my last chance to sleep in a bed in Washington. Getting a shower and hopefully laundry will be awesome.

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