PCNST (Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass)

August 2-8, 1997

Saturday, August 2 — Seven hikers started at Snoqualmie Pass at 10:15 for a backpack to Stevens Pass, 75 miles away. Today’s goal was Gravel Lake, 3,000 ft. up and 8.5 miles away. Very nice sunny day, not too hot. Great views of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Many hikers on the trail: Mostly day hikers — in and out. Lots of bugs and mosquitoes at our campsite.

Sunday — A lot of precipitous trails, with spectacular views. We could see Mt., Rainier, Mt. Stuart and Glacier Peak. Much hanging snow on the trail: Should have brought ice axes, but we followed a group from Portland. Trails Club people. They cut steps and we followed. Overnight at Spectacle Lake. 13.5 miles. Many mosquitoes and deer flies.

Monday — 1500 ft. down and then a long slog through dozens of downed trees. Deer flies and mosquitoes plagued us all day. Repellent such as Muskol works well on mosquitoes, but nothing stops the deer flies. I recommend a plastic fly swatter. The afternoon presented us with a hot 2200-ft. climb to our next camp at Crystalline Tarn. 11 miles.

Tuesday — This day was a 2000-ft. descent followed by a 1000-ft. climb. Camped at Deep Lake. Mosquitoes came in droves. We must live and eat in tent. This section of the Crest Trail should be attempted later on in the season to reduce bugs. 11 miles.

Wednesday — 11 miles through woods and old growth similar to Oregon PCT to camp site about 1½ miles south of Deception Lakes. Mosquitoes never quit.

Thursday — A good average distance for this week is approximately 11 miles a day. We camped at Hope Lake, which was the first one warm enough to swim in. Mosquitoes were kept to a minimum by strong winds. Lots of mountain flowers in bloom today.

Friday — 8.4 miles to Stevens Pass and our faithful pick-up vehicle. Total mileage was 75 for the week. Very tough section due to all the vertical.

Crest backpackers were Carl & Paula Allen, Rebecca Hansen, Alice Moffitt, Darlene Nelson, Paul Newman and Dick Moffitt (leader).

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