Glacier Peak Wilderness - Day 4
Luckily the weather was good in the morning. We packed our stuff and knew we would have to climb for about 2-3 km to get out of the valley. After yesterday that would be tough, but the steepness would likely make the trail easier to follow.
Along the climb there were blueberries everywhere, so we had a good excuse to stop regularly. At the top of the ridge, we joined the Pacific Crest Trail. This is a 4000+ km long hiking trail running from Mexico to Canada. It looked like a highway compared to the trail we had been on. We were happy we didn't have to worry about getting lost anymore.
Although there was quite some elevation gain, we were walking at almost twice the speed as yesterday. We also saw way more people, many of which were hiking the entire PCT. Many had started in April, 5 months ago. The trail kept climbing and climbing, until were were well above the trees. It was a very sunny day and we knew there would be few streams this high up the mountain. Fortunately, we had filled our water bottles sufficiently in the morning. When we reached the mountain pass, we had a great view into the next valley and also had our first sight of Glacier Peak.
The descent kept going forever and we knew we had to climb all the way back up again the next day. After a while, Diane suddenly stopped. In the distance we saw some animals runnings away. Diane thought they were bears, but to me they looked more like giant marmots. A while later we saw one closer by; that's when I knew they were definitely bears. I stopped to take a photo, which Diane didn't like too much. A few minutes later, we arrived at some really good campsites, but for some reason Diane didn't want to sleep there. We kept going and descended a lot more. Eventually we found a good place to camp next to a river and many blueberry bushes. We were both very tired. Our food still didn't fully fit in our bear canisters, but at least now we knew "we" hadn't been carrying those for nothing.
Spot the bear