Pass Above Benson Creek

Posted from Washington, United States.

Golden Pines in North Cascades National Park
Golden Pines in North Cascades National Park

We woke up at 6 and were hiking by 7am. Thankfully there wasn’t any dew. The trail began climbing immediately and soon hit fog. The fog was thin however and we climbed up through it to clear skies by the top. Just below 7000′ we hiked along a ridge for most of the morning giving us beautiful views. The Golden Pines are bright yellow now and sprinkle the hillsides with color. We ate lunch at a small creek after dropping elevation. In the valley it was still cold and we put on hats and gloves while we ate. Hiking onward soon had us back in sunlight and I was down to shorts and my t-shirt soon enough. We climbed back up over 6000′ and stayed there for the rest of the day. We were making excellent time and had 30 miles done by 6:30. We hiked up the next ridge and traversed it while watching a spectacular sunset across the Cascades. We made camp just as the last of the light was fading. I’m stretched out under a thick set of trees. Tomorrow should be our last day on the trail – Canada at last!

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