Leaving Cascade Locks, we had 147 miles to White Pass, WA. In between we passed Mt. Adams, Mt. Saint Helens and the much anticipated Goat Rocks Wilderness.
The glacier up on Mt. Adams was pretty neat. Its hard to tell from the picture. But its blue and craggy looking. We passed streams that were mostly glacial melt. They were milky looking enough that I didnt ever drink from them. I reckon that I could have, but I chose to skip and drink better looking water.
A few miles down the trail we caught a glimpse of Mt. Saint Helens. Looking back at it you can see the Northeast side of it that blew.
We continued on into some neat country. One spot looked like the rocks that have formed Devils Tower in Wyoming, or the Devils Postpile we passed back in California. It was a mountain made of columnar jointing. Super hot lava that cools super quick leaves you with columnar jointing.
It was nice reassurance.
We rolled on into Goat Rocks Wilderness. I had heard that it was awesome, but I had no idea what to expect. Sure enough, it was awesome. The trail ascended to about 7000 feet. It was long and tough, but the reward was grand!
On the way up, the trail passed over Packwood Glacier. Pretty neat to hike across.
As I approached the most awesome spot (in my opinion) on the whole PCT my GoPro died and the battery in my camera phone was hanging on by a thread. You could see Mt. Adams behind, Mt. Saint Helens to the side and Mt. Rainier ahead. It was a very hard view to beat.
Thats Mt. Adams there to the south. I ended up camping up top all alone and had a spectacular night. Incredible sunset, clear sky, calm winds, awesome stars! Im pretty sure it was my favorite camping spot on the whole trip.
The next day, I climbed a few hundred feet higher to the Knife’s edge and then headed down towards White Pass. In the meantime, I saw about 20 elk down in the valley.
The trail followed that ridge for a couple of miles. It was spectacular.
Looking back up at where I’d just come from. That peak at the top right of the picture. Groovy aye?
Also, I had the privilege of seeing about 8 goats in Goat Rocks Wilderness. Imagine that. Actually, no one else I spoke to saw any goats. So it was a privilege. I had to get a good picture, so I rushed in to get close and they bolted! It was wild how quick and nimble they were on the very steep and rocky ledge they bolted off.
Finally, I made it to White Pass where I had a resupply package waiting from my brother Clay. Im pretty sure it was the best package I received the whole trip. Thanks Clay!