It rained most of the night but stopped fairly early this morning. I was camped under a tree so that kept dripping on my tent. I knew it wasn’t still rain as I could see a puddle nearby that wasn’t getting dripped on, but I had a good book to read and didn’t leave camp until 11:00.

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It was a very peaceful and mostly level walk for the first six miles. It briefly rained again but I was in such dense tree cover that most of the rain didn’t make it down to me. I stopped at Panther Creek for a late lunch, where I had meant to camp last night.

The sun came out briefly while I ate, but it started pouring as I began a nine mile climb. The rain only lasted a couple of miles, and I reached a little ridge just as the sun reappeared. I stopped for a snack and to lay my tent out to dry.

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At the top of the climb, I came upon a gorgeous view of Mount Adams. It was so unexpected, that made it all the more breathtaking. All of the rain has cleared away the smoke so when it’s not cloudy, I can actually see things again. I didn’t see any sign of the fire that has been burning on Adams so I’m optimistic that the trail closure I would hit this weekend might open up.

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I made it to a campsite near a spring just at dark. It’s getting darker a lot earlier all of the sudden. Especially being in heavy trees, I want to be setting up camp by 8:00 at the latest.

16.5 miles today.