Fitz had to get out this weekend, if you haven’t already read, but our deadline to reach 100 miles is quickly approaching. To spice things up a little, Fitz decided to invite Grandpa Maury along for the weekends adventure.
We set of leisurely making our way and arriving at a full White River Trailhead parking lot around 10:30, which meant hiking by 11:00. The day was warming up quickly which meant the trail was dusty and getting hot as we hiked on. Both Cassie and I have been up this trail numerous times, which leads to Glacier Basin and Camp Sherman on the flanks of Mount Rainier. However, neither of us remember the elevation gain or switchbacks (from our ascent of Mountain Rainier) in the first mile, making us eat crow on our promise of a mostly flat and easy 4 mile hike.
Finally, reaching the end of that first mile, we took an immediate left, dropping down in the river bottom and quickly traversing a small series of steep and loose switchbacks, built securely in to the loose hillside of the moraine itself. Reaching the top we were immediately greeted with the emerald waters of an unnamed lake and further beyond the toe of the Emmons Glacier and it’s ice cave in which the White River originates from. We hiked to the end of the maintained trail, stopping here for a bite to eat while swatting away the flies under the hot mid-day sun.
Out and back trails seem to always make for an uneventful return to the car. Fortunately for us, we had to cross the small Inter Fork of the White River, which provided the perfect stream to cool the feet and get a sip of ice cold glacier water before making the trek back.
The day provided us with wilderness memories of Fitz and Grandpa Maury along with 4 more miles added to the total. Leaving us at 97 miles, just 3 miles shy of the 100 mile goal!
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