We watched the sun rise as we hiked up Nannie Ridge. From Walupt Lake to the PCT is 4.6 miles with 1,800 ft of gain.
Morning reflection on a pond along the Nannie Ridge Trail
Our next section was to Cispus Pass: 2.5 miles with 600 ft of gain.
For 0.9 miles, the PCT crosses through the Yakima Indian Reservation, on the east side of the Goat Rocks.
The trail climbs 1,200 ft over 2.8 miles to the side of Old Snowy Mountain.
Panorama to the west: Mt Adams, Mt St Helens, Goat Ridge, Hawkeye Point, Goat Lake and Mt Rainier.
Hawkeye Point and the Cirque holding Goat Lake. When I hiked to Goat Lake last month, it was covered in ice.
We took the 0.4 mile horse route along the side of Old Snowy, instead of the old hikers route up onto of Old Snowy. We had 3 snow fields to traverse.
Taking a break at Elk Pass, Egg Butte and Johnson Peak (?) in the distance.
From Elk Pass to Tieton Pass is 4.8 miles with 1,800 ft loss (there are a few ups as well as downs along this section).
Looking back up towards Elk Pass.
From Tieton Pass to the turn off to Hidden Springs is 2.8 miles with 700 ft of gain.
From the Hidden Springs turnoff to the Shoe Lake trail is 0.8 miles with 500 ft of gain.
It was getting dark after we reached the Shoe Lake Trail. We stayed on the PCT and continued the rest of the hike out to White Pass with our headlamps.
The next section was 1.1 miles with 500 ft of gain. We saw Mt Rainier through the clouds before it got too dark. We weren't able to see Shoe Lake in the basin below the trail because of the darkness.
After Shoe Lake it was 6.4 miles to White Pass with 2,200 ft loss. The first 1.3 miles along the side of Hogback Mountain to the saddle was along a steep exposed slope, we were careful walking here. Then the trail enters a forested area, dropping down to the trailhead at White Pass. What a fabulous hike this was!!!