Day 121, 31 miles
When I got up and out of my tent I could see the fog through the trees in the valley below me. Bright blue sky peeked through the tall trees above.
The trail wound up the hill for a few miles. Over a pass, around a corner, and there it was, Mount Rainier. For miles there were views of Rainier to the west. Past a beautiful lake…..lots of day hikers here.
I stopped for lunch at Sheep Lake. Then hiked up more switchbacks to where the trail stayed high on a windy ridge. The thick fog started rolling in. For hours I couldn’t see anything around. Cold fog was blowing up and down the steep mountainside.
Tonight I am camped at a spring in the damp, dark forest. I noticed plenty of elk hoof prints. I am in my tent. It’s 9 pm. I hear big animal hooves stomping through the trees and brush nearby. It’s going to be a noisy night.