For the Trip 2 team, trip leader Irene reports Tuesday evening:
“Heavy rain Monday night sent us to bed at 6 p.m. A glorious sunny day with spectacular views today, followed by a swim in American Lake.”
The Tuesday section of trail for the Trip 2 team included great views of Mt. Rainier (photo above). Washington Trails Association says of the Trip 2 team’s route: “Mt. Rainier looms large here. At times the trail passes within 12 miles of the peak, and [the mountain] remains a near constant part of the scenery for much of the hike.”
Wednesday’s itinerary calls for a 2.5-mile hike to Dewey Lake.
Trip 7, Day 1
Trip 7 got underway Tuesday. Trip leader Hiro reports Tuesday evening:
“All eight Trip 7 team members are at the Hart’s Pass Campground. Saw a pack of mountain goats on the way up to Hart’s Pass. Just finished the first group dinner.”
According to the U.S. Forest Service, Hart’s Pass Campground is a forested campground with great views and alpine meadows.
Trip 7 is not a llama-supported hike, which means all hikers are carrying their own gear. This team will hike approximately 27 miles from Hart’s Pass to Rainy Pass, southbound.