Trip 2 Day 6 — Hiking Up and Out

The last three miles include steep elevation (over 700 feet) and then a descent into Chinook Pass  (444 feet). The team is on the move to get there to meet Team 3 this morning to share a lunch (provided by Team 3 leader Brian) and stories. Then transfer the llamas and common gear. Here is…

Trip 2 Day 5 — Last Camp

“Gorgeous sunny day. Hiked 2 miles today and enjoyed Dewey Lake, views of Mt. Rainier, playing 10,000 and resting.”  perhaps a few hikers soaked their feet as seen below (from Trip 2 2019) ” Planning an early start tomorrow our last day together on the trail. It has been a good trip and a good…

Trip 2 Day 5– View Mt. Rainier

Today’s last full day of hiking will include more and more views of majestic Mt. Rainier. These pictures are from Trip 2 from last year. The trail is further south, south of White Pass towards Goat Rocks Wilderness. Hiro is by the flowers and Brian (Trip leader of team 3 of this trip’s hike) is…

Trip 2 Day 4 Bear Grass and Lupines

“Crossed beautiful scenery today but much was in cloud. Still gorgeous with meadows ablaze with color! Everyone feels accomplished and satisfied as we have hiked 20 miles in a little over 3 days!” “The llamas think they are going home and are practically pushing us down the trail! They will be disappointed when we turn…

Trip 2 Day 4 Beyond the Hiking

The team members enjoy getting to know each other and sharing stories. They also play a little cards, do side hikes and sometimes a little fishing. This year Team 1 included Songbird Judi who also leads the NW Parkinson’s Tremelos song group that meets in Bellevue, WA., so she started the days with a little…

Trip 2 Day 3– Over Halfway

“Beautiful day today! Fabulous hike! The llamas sauntered across the river with no problem today. Happily camped now at tentsite 3 in the meadow.”  The weather report predicts good weather through the rest of the trip. Hiro provided a mask picture of himself with llamas and Diane captured a great socially distanced lunch break  just…

Trip 2 Day 3 —Bluebird Day

“Rain has stopped! Blue skies.” is the report from Team 2. They camped at Snow Lake and these pictures show Team 1’s visit with a brisk swim too. Maddi, Judi, Hiro- Team 1 Seth, Derek, Bill Team 1 Judi and Bill hiking past an interesting fir tree in an old growth forest. Jeff slipped and…

Trip 2 Day 2 A Little Rain

Trip 2 reports there was “a little rain, so the trail was a bit slippery.” They stayed at Sand lake last night and there were less mosquitoes. Now camping near Snow Lake, you can see the “socially distanced tents.” from Trip 1 in the first picture and Georgy got a few pictures out from Trip…

Trip 2 Day 2 Finding a Rhythm

Team 2 spent the night at Sand Lake and they are getting to know each other and finding a rhythm for the hike. Linda is also on Team 2, just turned around from her time on Team 1. Dave, Trip leader did this same trail last year in the opposite direction and the rest are…

Trip 1 Day 6—-Trip 2 Day 1

Team 1 made it to the trailhead and passed on the common supplies and llamas to Team  2. Everyone had a good time at a lunch provided by Dave, Trip 2 Leader.  Hiro set up a shared Google drive to share pictures, so we will have new photos for the next few days. You can…

Trip 1 Day 6 Hiking Out

Great, happy pictures sent from the last camp. Hikers will meet at White Pass trailhead to greet Hike #2 team and hand off the llamas and then head home before noon.  So many of you have followed the hike and we will continue to post for Hike #2 as the team reverses course and hikes…

Trip 1 Day 5 Last Camp

The team is getting lower in elevation and by Sand Lake, ( Visit Rainier description of this lake and trail) so it is a pleasant surprise to actually receive 2 pictures from the group by phone as well as the Garmin message.  “Made it to Sand Lake before lunch! Team  hiked well. Everyone healthy and…