Aug 27: Reflection Pond to Mica Lake (PCT miles 2500.7 to 2521.3)

Today is another set of ridge walks, mostly above the tree line.  There’s plenty of water too, yay!

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I hiked past a marmot den right on the trail and the young marmots were very interested in me – I’ve never been able to get this close to a marmot before

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One of the water crossings had a collapsed bridge that looked scarier than it was.  Here we get to watch “Pineapple” cross in front of me.  Note the water: lots of silt and glacial milk from melting glaciers on Glacier Peak.

I passed around the other side of Glacier Peak – which has been hidden from me behind the ridges I hiked.  This is the last high peak on the trail.

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I arrived at Mica Lake, which was my favorite lake in Washington.  The water is super clear, deep and not too cold.  My swim there was fantastic!

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The stars tonight were great: no moon tonight so the Milky Way as bright and there were some nice shooting stars.

Thanks for reading!

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