Day 131 – 9\9\15
2328.3 total miles
PCT mile 2295.2
After the usual morning rituals, we headed out in Goat Rocks wilderness probably J-Walks favorite place on the planet to date. I however have never been, and looking at the 6000 feet of elevation gain we have today scared me a bit. But the weather was going to be sunny with literally no overcast. One thing we haven’t had for well over a month is a clear day. Ever since Northern California we have either been swarmed by forest fire smoke, or it has been cloudy and rainy. So today was going to be amazing.
We hustled through the first part which was mostly forested until we climbed our first hill. We got some amazing view of Adams for the first time. The forest teased us with tons of red bushes crowding our path. After getting up the next ridge I realized why J-Walk loves this area so much. You have Mt. Rainer in front of you, and Mt. Adams behind you. As you walk across the ridges you get the most amazing views of these mountains and you can’t help but to take tons of pictures. The views just kept getting better and better with every step. We now could see Old Snowy and the beautiful jagged cliffs of Goat Rock. As we approached Old Snowy we realized that it had been 18 miles and I needed food so we found a place at the bottom of Old Snowy and had food. Then we turned off the trail and summited Old Snowy. It was the most amazing view on the trail so far. But we weren’t even done with Goat rocks. After Old Snowy we went through Knife’s Edge a steep ridge that had a severe drop off on both sides of us. This is where my jaw hit the ground. This hike reminded me of my favorite hike Munra. After going down the steep rocky cliffs of Knife’s Edge I finally got to see my spirit animal a herd of Mountain Goats. Jessica and I just stared at these creatures eating and enjoying themselves. They didn’t seem to care about us. Goats are pretty amazing creatures. They can jump from a standstill up to 9 feet and land on sharp rocks using their hooves like pliers to grip the rocks.
After the excitement it was time to find a place to sleep. We hiked another 9 miles to a camp site with a tasty stream of water. I have never felt so sore in all my life, but today was totally worth it.