Mileage: 24.3, 21.6
Our day started with the breakfast buffet at Timberline Lodge! It’s a trail tradition to eat breakfast here, so we were happy to take part. We sat around 10 or so other hikers and ate until our bellies were full!
After a relaxing morning, we finally got hiking around 11 am. We had planned to get to Cascade Locks in two days, so we had to hike;
25 miles that day!
We got off to a great start, the weather was nice and we made good time as we climbed up and down the western canyons of Mt. Hood. We just kept hiking, enjoying the weather until the sun set at 8 pm and the rain returned… We hiked until 11pm and set our tent up in the pouring rain and howling wind.
The rain did not relent in the morning so we packed up our wet tent, I (Caitlin) tried to put on a good attitude and just make it through the day. Hiking through the rain is definitely my least favorite thing on the trail by a long shot.
Below you’ll find a video showing just a glimpse what it’s like to hike in the rain:
It was rather uneventful until we reached the Eagle Creek alternate trail! It felt like being back home, but I was also anxious to get picked up and head to Portland. It thankfully stopped raining around 3pm.
My cousin Molly’s husband Will picked us up in Cascade Locks just as the rain started back up again. I was so happy to be headed to a real house and bed. We will spend one day in Portland then we are making our way back down to South Lake Tahoe for my friend Lindsey’s wedding, then back to the trail!