The North Cascades Part I

Trip Start May 21, 2012
Trip End Jul 11, 2012

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, Washington,
Saturday, June 2, 2012

This morning we woke up to a soaked campsite. It rained about 2 inches overnight. We packed up the campsite, ate breakfast, and started to pack our backcountry packs for the first time. Getting everything together that we absolutely needed was a chore. After about an hour of packing, preparing food, and double checking everything, we were headed off to catch a boat taxi up to lightning creek. The original plan was to take the taxi up to Hozimeen and hike down Ross Lake. We couldn't go that far because the lake was too shallow. Apparently the water level relies on snow melt each year. We parked our car at the Ross lake trail head and started hiking to the Ross Lake Resort. They were our ride to lightning creek. (Ross Lake Resort is a floating resort that lies on a man made lake). Once we hiked a mile or so, we hopped in the taxi and headed up to Lightning Creek. The ride was only 15 minutes and way over priced if you ask me. Once at lightning Creek we realized that we had the entire place to ourselves! We picked the campsite that we wanted, set up camp, put all of the food in the bear box, and started hiking up desolation peak. The mountain gains about 5000 feet in elevation when you walk about 5 miles on the trail. It wasn't an easy hike by anyone's standards. First we hiked about two miles from our campsite to get to the mountain and the we started going up. It was steep! Switchback after switchback it felt like we were climbing a 10 degree incline. After about 3 hellish miles we were met with snow. Snow where we count see where the trail went. So, we trudged through the snow a couple of times and found the trail again, though soon the snow got the better of us and we had to stop. If you can't find the trail in 15 minutes I looking turn back. Going down the mountain was about four times faster than going up. Once we were back at camp we cooked fritos pie and cleaned the dishes. We kept seeing two mile deer that would come within 20 feet of us and wouldn't be startled by anything. They must have known the campsite. Well, that night they came to visit us again and it scared the living daylights out of us. Once we realized that it was our friends and not a bear we passed out. We were all sore from desolation peak.
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