We woke up to a cold and brisk morning. There wasn’t frost on my tarp and the sun was coming out to a clear sky. We packed up and headed out. We didn’t have far to hike until the exceptional views began. Our first views were of Mt. Adams to the South. As opposed to earlier views, the mountain was draped in the blanket of fresh snow that had dropped on us 2 days ago.
The trail continued climbing toward Cispus Pass and as I crossed it I had to gasp; Goat Rocks towered above an alpine basin complete with streams and waterfalls. The trail traversed right across the basin and around the next point. We continued to climb until we reached 7000′ and had spectacular views of Rainier where we stopped for lunch.
After lunch the trail traversed to a ridgeline appropriately called the Knife Edge. For 2 miles we walked along with steep drops on both sides until finally winding our way down one side. The rest of the afternoon was spent dropping and climbing various ridges. We made camp next to a small lake. Tomorrow we will pick up our resupply boxes in White Pass.