Rock jumbles

You can’t see them in this picture, but I just descended down this massive rock jumble using switchback after switchback. So far the Cascades are full of both: switchbacks and rock jumbles. Also the climbs and descents are steeper and more often.

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Mountain stream crossing

So as I was walking down to this stream I was analyzing how to cross it. It had been written on my maps that this crossing could be dangerous. So I was thinking… Was there a bridge? No. Should I wade? No, there looks to be rocks and logs. Should I use rocks? No, because the two logs look like the way to cross. So I very slowly and carefully crossed on bending and flexing logs as the stream flowed beneath me. What I didn’t notice is that after the logs I had to cross a washout by climbing down six feet on slippery wet rocks, cross a small tributary of the stream and climb back up to the trail. I think this latter obstacle was harder to cross.

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Blowdown!

Today seemed to have a few more obstacles than normal. First there were multiple groups of multiple trees. Some you climb over others you crawl under. Later there was a enormous tree across the trail that I had to climb up then get over and climb back down to the trail. This blowdown was so memorable that other hikers I met earlier in the day remarked about it.

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Washout!

This was the deepest washout so far. I really appreciated some earlier hiker or trail maintenance crew member putting the logs there. My balance is not good so I very carefully crossed using my poles as outriggers on the outermost logs. Whew!

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Trail maintenance

Washington especially is a temperate rain forest and everything is green and growing. The trail gets overgrown at times and sometimes it’s even hard to follow. This means that the trail requires work to cut back the overgrowth. There are volunteers who donate their time and energy to do things like that. I’ve seen one or two trail maintenance crews on the trail and I always thank them for their service.

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