Aug 28: Mica Lake to Miners Creek on the Suiattle River (PCT miles 2521.3 to 2545.0)

I awoke before sunrise and started out. The hiking the last few days has been beautiful and that beauty continued today as well.

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The trail continued to round the aptly named Glacier Peak

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Fall is approaching: gone are most of the flowers, but the Corn Lily plants are turning yellow and the Huckleberry leaves are turning red.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_262a

It is just an amazingly pretty trail today!UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_262b

The PCT crosses the Suiattle River 3 miles downstream from where it used to, thus adding 6 miles to the trail.  The old crossing was taken out by a combination of water, logs and rocks.  Even this late in the season it is a dangerous river.  Here’s the crossing at the new bridge:

and here’s the crossing at the old location – it does not look that bad, but I assure you it is.

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I heard that someone successfully crossed at the old PCT location, but was swept some 30 feet downstream by the strong current.  He crossed alone, which I think is just foolish.

I had heard the campsite I’m at tonight is notorious for aggressive, hungry mice.  I usually hold my food in my tent, but tonight decided to hang my food from a short tree, that turned out to be too short :(.  I awoke to the sound of a mouse sliding down my food bag to secure the peanuts he/she stole in his/her den.  I moved the food bag into my tent and kept it in my sleeping bag.  No more mice problems tonight!

Thanks for reading!

 

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