Spade Creek (2439.0) to Ridgecamp (2463.9)
Miles to Canada 196.2 (315km)
It either rained all night or the trees dripped water onto the tent all night. My sleeping bag was damp, well, everything was damp. I packed the tent up in the rain, which I dislike doing. I could have just taken it to the nearby stream and thrown it in then packed it up. It was soaked, and heavy.
The rain eased then stopped shortly after I started hiking. The sun even briefly made an appearance. It continued to make all too brief appearances throughout the day. The day stated with a climb. The mountains ahead had a fresh dusting of snow near their summits which made brief appearances as often as the clouds would allow. There were also many deep blue lakes and cascading waterfalls to gaze at. It took me most of the morning to cover the several miles of the first climb. I’m tired. Really tired. All of us hikers are. This is hard work.
There were two more climbs to be completed before camp. A total of 7179 feet (2188m) of climbing. Northern Washington is brutal. I was rewarded for the effort. The scenery was world class and I had several sightings of Pikas, the smallest of the rabbit family. They are almost as threatened by climate change as Polar Bears. A privilege to see them.
I chose to camp on the highest camp between Snoqualamie Pass and Stevens Pass. The weather forecast predicted snow above 5500 feet, my camp was at 5796 feet. It could be a cold night.