July 11th, 2018
Mm 2595 to High Bridge mm 2572
Distance: 23 miles
It was almost all downhill on this day, which wreaked havoc on my feet. I’d say it was probably one of the worst hiking days ever, in terms pain and suffering. But the reward was the first official town stop.
We wanted to catch the 6 pm bus to town so we were off pretty early and kept a steady pace all day. We took advantage of the nice toilets at Rainy Pass. Then the trail paralleled the highway for about 1 mile then was back into the woods.
There were some cool log bridges to cross. We stopped at a big stream for lunch and I intentionally waded in to get my shoes wet and cool off my feet. This might have been a mistake because my feet later just felt like they were in a hot steamer.
WA had been hit by a heat wave and temps in the lower elevations were soaring into the 90’s. It felt this hot in the late afternoon and I was wilting. I put my umbrella up, which did help. But my feet hurt so bad. I could even feel a few blisters forming, which rarely happens to me. The trail had a fine layer of dusty dry dirt, so our feet were black by the end of the day. That also didn’t help.
Finally we made it to the bus stop at High Bridge with enough time to dry our tents. At least the hot air was good for something. We got into town around 7 pm and I had a million things on the list to do, but foremost was set up my tent then go take a shower. I barely had time to eat some trail food before bed…sadly the restaurant was already closed by the time I finished my other chores.
All in all it was a productive day but not a fun one.
A mother grouse gave a regal pose for me near the campsite.