Glacier Peak Wilderness - Day 5
By now we were close to Glacier Peak, but couldn't see it due to all the trees. After the first few miles, we entered a really ancient forest. There were exclusively large redwood trees and many had fallen over and were partly rotten away. Everything was also covered in moss, ferns, and mushrooms. I hoped to see more bears, but unfortunately we didn't. We saw other people about every 20 minutes and there were many premade campsites along the PCT. After several miles through the beautiful forest, we reached a more typical forest and several rivers that we needed to cross. The first had a good bridge, but the bridge over the second river was broken.
The area was very muddy and we eventually reached another big river we needed to cross. Some people we had met earlier were on the other side, but we didn't see a bridge anywhere. It turned out the bridge had been swept away and there was only a big log to get across. I sat down and pushed myself to the other side before taking photos of Diane doing the same.
On the other bank, we reached the foot of another mountain and knew we had a long climb ahead of us. Along the way, we had beautiful views over Glacier Peak.
After about 2 hours of climbing, it was getting late. As our map showed a few campsites in the overall region, I hadn't thought that there would be additional small campsites that weren't shown. However, we had started to realize that the PCT had many small campsites along the trail that weren't on our map. We asked one of the PCT hikers how far the next campsite was. It turned out there was an app that showed the campsites and most PCT hikers didn't even carry a map but just followed a line on the screen of their phone. That seemed like a bit of a fake way to hike, but I guess with the clear trail and premade campsites you don't really need more. The next campsite was still several kilometers away, but we decided to try to make it before sunset. At the top of the climb we found multiple campsites of which one was taken by an older couple. I took some photos of the sunset after cooking dinner.
This had been another tough day with much elevation gain, but we were getting into a good rhythm of hiking about 15 kilometers per day. The easy to follow trail and various people to talk to was a very different experience from my previous hikes, but not necessarily bad.