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.

View from Hart’s Pass Campground. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

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