Down, down and oh wait for it, some more downhill trail. I surprised a baby deer and its mama. Now I realize deer are a dime a dozen but go ahead and deny the cuteness of baby animals. Its just too hard, there are millions of cards and calendars out there to support me on this.
|fuzzy picture but I assure you it was adorable.|
|looking back at the bridge|
Back to descending again, and this was a steep one, after spending a bit of time on the ridge the trail wastes no time cutting down towards S. Puyallup Camp. Many small sections on the edges of giant cliffs. Made just a bit more dangerous by the constant turning and gawking at the views, it's hard to watch your feet and the views at the same time. At the bottom there is another bridge across the S. Puyullup and then yet again climbing time. This was the brushiest section of trail so far but a fun climb. After battling the undergrowth the trail starts to open up and I got to see a little more of the surrounding mountains.
|looking at the trail to come, cutting across the mountain|
Rounding the corner I got a whole different view of the mountain. This thing is so different from the different sides. You could see water cascading everywhere, what an amazing section.
|If you squint you can see some of the water coming down, much better in real life|
|The view from Klapatche Camp|
Even though the climb had felt long I didn't actually think it was over but the trail flattened out and curved around the ridge. Soon enough I heard voices and I had made it to Golden Lakes a little after 3pm. I was pretty tired and collapsed on the porch of the ranger station. Then it was time for a mellow afternoon. Swimming and sitting around and enjoying the sunset with new people to talk to. Not a bad way to end a longer day.
10.1 miles to Mowich Lake Campground and I'm done. It's been one quick trip.