Marmots and meadows

PCT miles 2281 to 2302.8 – East Fork of the Cispus River to White Pass – Total PCT miles 2302.8

What a glorious day for my 31st birthday. I could not have asked for a better gift than to enjoy a day in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. We meandered through miles of lupine, paint brush and bistwort; enjoy meadow and wildflower overload. We saw the first hoary marmot of the trail! My namesake species of marmot. We had views of Mt. Rainier, the Olympics, Lemah, Chimney, Mt. Stuart, and many other familiar crags and ridges of the Cascades to the north.

The Knife Edge is a lovely, sometimes airy traverse, with views along every step.

Many thanks to Gabriel for making the most of the culinary limitations of White Pass. He prepared an endearing birthday meal. I particularly loved finding the mini fridge in our room stocked with chocolate milk.

I’m grateful to have enjoyed my birthday on trail.

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