Mileage: 12.5, 19, 14.3, 18.2, 14.5
In my opinion, this was the prettiest section we’ve hiked so far. The High Sierra was stunning, but this section just had so much more depth in my opinion. The juxtaposition of both stark alpine backdrops and lush forests was just incredible.
After leaving Trout Lake, we traversed the slopes of Mt. Adams for several days, seeing it from nearly every direction. It reminded me of the Timberline Trail around Mt. Hood and was every bit as gorgeous.
We then travelled north through some lava strewn foothills before gaining elevation again and emerging onto the most incredible landscape I’ve ever seen: Goat Rocks. But I’ll shut up and show you the pictures now…
Right after we got done with the Knife’s Edge, we met a nice thru hiker named Rhyman. He is an arborist up in New Hampshire and was a lot of fun to hike with. I asked him countless questions about how to cut down trees and now am an expert myself… Well not really, but I can tell you what “the hinge” is when you cut a tree down and sort of sound like I know what I’m talking about :).
Anyway, we hiked 18 miles or so with Rhyman (he was going slow, he usually hikes 30 mile days) and camped at Ginnette Lake with him right before White Pass. It was fun to hike with a fast thru hikers up here at the bleeding edge of the pack, but boy were we exhausted trying to keep up his pace!
Rhyman left early in the morning and we never saw him again (so it goes). We cruised into White Pass at about 10am and got our resupply packages sorted, repacked our packs, and charged all our electronics before finally leaving the charming little general store at the pass. They are super hiker friendly there and let us loiter all we wanted (and eat their fried chicken).
We got a ride the 0.5 miles back to the trail by a nice local named Wayne and were on our way to Snoqualmie Pass!