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Trip 6 Underway

The Trip 6 team departed from the White Pass trailhead today. They are hiking approximately 35 miles to Walupt Lake (Goat Rocks including Knife’s Edge). The hikers on this team carry a lot of their own gear so the llamas have low weight in their panniers (saddle bags)...

Trip 5 Concludes

Congratulations to the Trip 5 team! They concluded their adventure today at Chinook Pass trailhead. Trip 5 team coming off the trail at Chinook Pass trailhead Trip 5 team Coming up: Aug. 10-16: Trip 6 – White Pass to Walupt Lake (Goat Rocks including Knife’s Edge)Aug....

Trip 5 Day 5

Trip leader Irene reports: “After getting everything packed up, we had an easy trip to Dewey Lake. After setting up camp, five of us set out to find the trail on the other side of Dewey Lake. We were delighted to find even more spectacular views of Mt. Rainier as we...

Trip 5 Day 4

Trip leader Irene reported: “All healthy this morning. Heading out for another day hike along the Pacific Crest Trail [PCT].” And later: “All still healthy! We walked south on the PCT today to a beautiful saddle with views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams, and then came...

Trip 5 Day 3

Trip leader Irene reports: “The seven of us woke up healthy. We did a delightful day hike to American Lake, the most beautiful we've seen so far, with views of Mt. Rainier along the way. “The llamas seem content with their zero day. Meanwhile, the three who hiked out...

Trip 5 Day 2

The Trip 5 team is dealing with complications caused by possible COVID-19 exposure and infection. All hikers are safe and stable. Trip leader Irene reported: “Woke up to steam billowing up from Dewey Lake, and llamas and grass covered in frost. When we got to Anderson...

Trip 5 Day 1, Trip 4 Concludes

The Trip 4 team finished their hike as planned today. They unloaded at Chinook Pass trailhead and handed the community equipment over to the Trip 5 team, also led by trip leader Irene. Congratulations, Trip 4 team! They have lots of stories and even some plans for...

Trip 4 Day 5

The Trip 4 team hiked about 2.5 miles today and will spend their last night at the Dewey Lake campsite. Trip leader Irene reported: “An easy hiking day with time to swim, wash up, and recharge devices before re-entering civilization tomorrow morning. “Glorious beach...

Trips 3 and 8 Conclude, Trip 4 Day 4

The Trip 3 team wrapped up their adventure today as planned. Trip leader Brian reported this morning: “Starting our last section from Government Meadows to the pickup point.” And later: “At horse camp with a warm welcome from Bill and Nadean! Successful and wonderful...

Trip 4 Day 3, Trip 3 Day 5, Trip 8 Day 7

Today they Trip 4 team waded across the Bumping River. Tonight’s campsite is a lovely meadow with plenty of grazing for the llamas and space for tents. Trip leader Irene reported: “At Crag Lake campsite. Delighted with cooler weather, a breeze, lots of wildflowers,...

Trip 4 Day 2, Trip 3 Day 4, Trip 8 Day 6

The Trip 4 team arrived at Snow Lake at 2:30 p.m. Trip leader Irene reported: “We've all enjoyed a much-needed swim. It has been a hot day, even though we got up at 5 a.m. to beat the heat. It made it into the 90s by noon. Despite the heat, there are still a few...

Trip 4 Underway, Trip 3 Day 3, Trip 8 Day 5

The Trip 4 team departed from the White Pass trailhead today with trip leader Irene. They got on the trail before noon. Their itinerary called for hiking about 3 miles to the Sand Lake campsite and about 900 feet of elevation gain. Everyone was ready for adventure! By...

Trip 8 Day 4, Trip 3 Day 2

The Trip 3 team started their day from Henskin Lake and stopped for lunch midday about 2.25 miles from camp. Trip leader Brian reports: “Decided to camp at Piped Spring to avoid the climb in and out of Basin Lake. Beautiful meadow recommended by Charley. Spring is so...

Trip 8 Day 3 and Trip 3 Team On the Trail 

The Trip 3 team departed from Chinook Pass trailhead today. Six hikers joined Bill in Packwood for dinner last night and the group got to the trailhead to sort gear before the llamas arrived.  The Trip 3 team is hiking with llama wrangler Charley, who is new to Pass...

Trip 8 Day 2

Today’s report from the Trip 8 team: “We're at camp! Thousand Island Lake, a 9.4-mile day. Passed over Thousand Island Pass at 10,250 feet. … No rain today, yet. Camp is set up and tents are dried out. The boys are debating the differences in calculus; whatever!” John...

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