Day 105: CS2565 to CS2591 (25.8 miles - 2591.1)
Updated: Sep 17, 2019
August 20, 2016 - Even though I could have slept in since I only had 4 miles to High Bridge to pick up the 9:15am bus to Stehekin I didn’t want to chance the bus schedule change and the bus coming earlier.
I got to High Bridge just before 9am and cross into my last national park, North Cascade NP. It was a cool area so I explored around since I had an hour before the bus would show up.
Bus arrived right on time and to take me into Stehekin, but we made a stop at the bakery first for about 10 minutes, just enough time for everyone to get something. I had a cinnamon roll, chocolate milk, a cookie and a slice of pizza. We all got back on the bus and head to the main part of town.
Not much around but a resort with a restaurant and general store. It must be a popular spot as there were a lot of people. It appeared most of the people come by ferry across the giant lake. There were even a few seaplanes on the lake which I got to see takeoff and land.
The plan was to pick up my package from the post office that’s suppose to open at 11am then take the 11:30am bus back to the trail. I kind of wanted to take a shower and do laundry but no time unless I took the next bus that would leave at 2pm but I wanted to get in another 20 miles of hiking so I wouldn’t get back to the trail until 3pm.
Well it turns out the post office didn’t open until 12pm so I was stuck longer than I wanted and ended up having to take the 2pm bus. On the bright side I got to take a shower, laundry and eat a hot meal.
I did find out some more information about the fire in the area. It has been burning since early August and since that area hasn’t had a fire in a long time there had been lots of underbrush so they are letting it burn but keeping an eye on it.
I loaded up on the 2pm bus and was off but we still stopped at the bakery, I was way too full so I didn’t get anything.
Got on trail by 3pm and was moving fast. I figured I couldn’t get to my campsite I had planned so decided to go to Rainy Pass, 2 miles before. It was a nice hike even though it was all uphill.
I got to a creek crossing with a bridge but it seemed safer to ford the creek than use the bridge.
It got dark sooner than I thought since I was in the woods so had to use my headlamp for awhile. Wasn’t too bad but I did have some creek crossing over logs. One of the logs had been cut flat but I guess some flooding cause it to roll over so made a dangerous crossing in the dark.
I got to Rainy Pass and didn’t see any camping spots like the guidebook said so I walked to the trailhead thinking maybe they would be there, nope. I must have seen 50 cars parked around the trailhead. My next option was to hike to the creek hoping there would be a flat spot, nope. So then I just decided to go to that campsite I originally planned to go to. I end up getting in just before 11pm.
So close to the finish, can almost see Canada.