Day 124, 20.5 miles
Flyfish and ManInBlack were up and heading out of Snoqualmie early. I was to meet them in 20 miles at Lemah Creek. I had to scramble to get organized as my mailed resupply box had not shown up. I scored from the hiker box for once. Dinners, bars, chocolate, fuel, and oats. I just had to buy more snacks to top up.
I didn’t leave till noon. I thought, no problem, 20 miles is very doable. Wrong. It was a tough, rugged, 5,000 foot climb and descent. The reward was spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges and clear, sparkling, alpine lakes.
I met a day hiker who was hiking at a wicked pace. I kept up with Julie for the first 8 miles. She pointed out mountains the were The Enchantment Lake region. Add that one to the bucket list.
When I got to Lemah Creek at 8 pm, the bridge was washed out. It was deep and fast flowing. It was funny to see Flyfish waving from his tent site on the other side. I looked down the river. I could see a fallen tree across the creek. Great. Bushwhacking, then log crossing, to end a very tiring day. Phew. Made it.