The clouds dispersed in the early evening and I saw the stars last night. I got up early and caught a photo of the Goat Rocks before sunrise
Today I’ll be staying at higher elevations all day, with many great views. I rounded a corner and saw mountain peaks poking out of a sea of clouds.
And another great view of Mt Rainier
There were some nice cascades along the trail
And met up with another Grouse
There is a small mammal that lives in almost every rock pile along the trail named a Pika. It resembles a large Hamster, but is very skittish, so I don’t have a picture of one. They do hear you coming up the trail and sound a cute alarm chirp that sounds like a child’s squeaky toy – listen here
I climbed up above the Timberline and through a few snow fields
The trail leads to a section known as The Knife Edge, a high, narrow ridge of loose rocks. There was a steep and long drop off on either side of the trail… don’t slip!
Here’s a view looking back at the trail – it follows that ridge up and to the right in the photo.
The flowers up here are mostly Pussy Paws that come in two colors: pinkish and cream.
This bleached tree looked photogenic
I briefly dropped down into lush meadows
And came across a group of people hiking with Llamas
The group Dora’s an annual hike on the PCT raising awareness that exercise helps to combat the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
By late afternoon I found an awesome campsite on a ridge above Shoe Lake. It had a nice breeze and the sky looked cloud free.
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