It was very cold and windy this morning so I had a very hard time getting out of my sleeping bag. I started hiking with almost all of my layers on, but soon dropped the extras as I was going uphill and mostly in the sun. Boy, did it get frigid on the shady side of the mountains though.

I went over Grizzly Peak at 5560′, a rare summit that the PCT actually goes over. The few other summits I can think of offhand that I went over were all on side trails. There was a great view of Glacier Peak from the top.

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I stopped for an early lunch at Pear Lake and got out my tent to dry since I’d put it away soaked in condensation. I didn’t really take another long break for the rest of the day.

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The trail followed the ridgeline over Wenatchee Pass, Saddle Gap, Cady Pass, Wards Pass, Dishpan Gap, and Indian Pass. There were a number of hikers walking nearby all day and I worried that we were all headed towards the same small campsite. Thankfully, there turned out to be a large meadow where the one small campsite was listed, and there was room for all.

It was pretty muddy for the last few miles into camp and I was sliding all over the place trying to get there ahead of people. 22.7 miles for the day.

A deer wandered through as I set up my tent and cooked dinner. She didn’t seem to care that we were there.

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