Day 105 (20180713): 2229.9-2273.1

Today was a very mixed day, a few times I had some amazing views but a lot of the times I had green tunnel with no views. Mosquitos were once again quite bad in sections, one particular section was probably the worst I have had yet.

 Mount Adams through an old burn area

Mount Adams through an old burn area

 Looking back at Mount Hood I believe

Looking back at Mount Hood I believe

I got a late start today at 0615 since a critter had gotten in to my food bag during the night, so I had to field repair it. I guess it was kinda my fault for camping in a spot with a lot of trash near roads.

 Mount Adams

Mount Adams

 Mount Adams from a riverbed

Mount Adams from a riverbed

For a very long time I had almost no views except glimpses of mountains through the trees. Once I got close to Mt Adams the trail luckily periodically opened up to present the spectacular mountain.

Mosquitos were present for a lot of my hiking pre lunch but not too bad. I had lunch near some lava stones where there mercifully were almost no mosquitos.

 Looking back at the mosquito hell valley

Looking back at the mosquito hell valley

After lunch the trail went back to forest and after a short climb I descended in to a true mosquito hell hole. At times it was almost like a wall of mosquitos. This went on for 4-5 miles. Once I started climbing to Sheep Lake and Cispus Pass the mosquitos mostly disappeared.

 Great view from the last stretch before Cispus Pass

Great view from the last stretch before Cispus Pass

The climb to Sheep Lake was not too steep, I had originally thought about camping there but since I was there just past 19 I continued on to pass over Cispus Pass.

 Final climb on snow to Cispus Pass

Final climb on snow to Cispus Pass

The pass was beautiful and my campsite seemed to be free of mosquitos. This quickly proved to be a lie.

 Last rays of sun from my campsite

Last rays of sun from my campsite

 Late day selfie

Late day selfie

I must admit the mosquitos are taking the fun out of my hiking. If I was not very close to finishing I would probably have serious thoughts about stopping.