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Glacier Peak Wilderness - Day 10

In the morning, we immediately needed to start climbing again. After a few hours, we reached another pass. The view was amazing. We looked out over multiple glaciers and huge mountains and there were again several marmots to keep us company.

Hiking buck creek pass
Hiking buck creek pass
Hiking buck creek pass
Backpacking buck creek pass

Then it was time for a very long descent towards a small horse ranch and parking lot, another 15 km or so away. The trail just kept going and going. Although our backpacks were relatively light this far into the hike, we were pretty tired. Apparently, horses came up this trail regularly as there was much poop everywhere. The area was also very dry and the trail consisted of a thick layer of loose sand that covered us completely. After eating dust for a long time, we passed through an area that was particularly bad. There had clearly been a forest fire there a few years ago, because all the trees were burned. 

Backpacking buck creek pass
Backpacking buck creek pass
Backpacking buck creek pass

We passed several hikers going up the mountain. Several were carrying guns. They told us the hunting season started the following day. We were happy we would be gone by then. Around 16:00 we decided to stop, otherwise we would just end up at the parking lot when it was getting dark. Diane wanted to try pitching my tent at least once, so below you can see her in action. When we were making dinner, two men that we had seen going up the mountain earlier joined us. Apparently, one had received foot surgery recently and they had decided to turn around because he was in pain.

camping buck creek pass