Trip 7 Day 5

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Seven hikers from the Trip 7 team day hiked to Old Snowy Mountain today, leaving camp mid-morning: Andi, Alex, David, Jim, Dave Baumgart, Bonnie, and Eric.

The team reports:

“Phil and Jerry stayed in camp to keep the llamas company and protect them from dogs. They had an excellent day. Views of Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Goat Lake, all from the same vantage point.

“The day hikers also had an excellent day. The usual jaw-dropping gorgeous scenery. The views on the hike out this morning were especially nice because there were low clouds and mist in the low areas and majestic views above.

“Bonnie and Eric stopped at a snowfield shy of Old Snowy Mountain, at 7,020 feet elevation. The others went up another 200–300 feet in elevation for another half mile. Eric and Bonnie did 5 miles. Trip leader Dave and the others went about 6 miles roundtrip.

“Alex was gung-ho to scramble up Old Snowy Mountain, but trip leader Dave nixed that for safety reasons.

“Without trip leader Dave’s knowledge or permission, Alex swam in a small glacial tarn and ‘skied’ down a snow field in his sandals. We are happy to report that Alex is still with us and has been a tremendous contributor and support person on this hike.

“Jim’s comment on the day: Phenomenal!

“The team is now enjoying apple crisp prepared by Jerry and getting ready for happy hour.”

The Trip 7 team is scheduled to come off the trail Sunday at Berry Patch trailhead.

“View from the Pacific Crest Trail. Old Snowy trail junction toward Goat Lake and Mt. Rainier.” Photo courtesy of CTalbert via Washington Trails Association.

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