|Looking up from Gray Wolf Basin (7,060 ft)|
Day 3 began at 7 am as daylight woke me up. The temperature was chilly but nothing long john's and a jacket couldn't take care off. I have never been able to jump right out of bed. Except when late for work!!! It's mandatory to lay for 10 minutes and enjoy the alpine scenery!! Overall my first night was warm and cozy as I slept most the night! Hiking 15 miles the day before helped!
Breakfast was hot and fast, Craisin Pancakes!!! Forget oatmeal, I needed something new! The day ahead of me held hiking over three passes, Gray Wolf Pass, Lost Pass and Cameron Pass. I aimed for 14 miles!
|Wellesley Peak (6,758 ft) on the left|
I found an interesting fact about hikers on this three day trek. It seemed to me that the major difference between day hikers and backpackers (overnighters) was the fact that day hikers were less talkative and less friendly compared to backpackers. It think it goes to show how all people are social beings and after a certain time away from people we long for fellowship!! This is our commonwealth!!
Bear camp was being remodeled along with weed whacking along the Dosewallips trail! The Ranger explained that shelters can't be built anymore in National Parks but existing shelters can be preserved.
|Sentinel Peak with Hayden Pass on the right|
I took a right onto Lost Pass trail or thought I did. I realized after a 1/2 hour that I was not on the trail and heading up to Hayden Pass instead. Therefore I decided to hike off trail and connect with Lost Pass trail. Yeah right! After 1 1/2 hours of not connecting with the trail, straining my shoulder by falling and becoming dirty by thick brush and trees I returned back to Dose Meadows where I found the trailhead!
Lost Pass is extreme and goes straight up with little switchbacks! My body was starting to tire at this point! Once to the top, wildflowers surrounded me as far as the eye can see with dark purple lupine the most prominent flower. Even though my body was aching the surrounding wildflower and alpine views made all my aching feel well worth it!! This is why I love to backpack!!
|Mount Cameron Ridge|
I hope that when I retire I can still physically backpack! I respect the older generations who still enjoys exploring the outdoors!
After 2 days of 29 miles of backpacking I had come across 17 people on the trail who also realized the amazing summer West Washington was in the middle of!
Day two was successful as all three passes were accomplished with 14 miles logged all done one hour before dark. Jumping into my hammock I quickly fell asleep to the mesmerizing sound of swift Cameron creek.
|Cameron Basin looking at Grand Pass|
|Mount Cameron Marmot|
|From the top of Lost Pass with Lost Peak|
|7.639 ft Mount Mystery (L) with 6,941 ft Little Mystery (R)|
|Looking north from Gray Wolf Pass|
|Looking north from Gray Wolf Basin back at where I started the day|