Pacific Crest Trail (2018) 82: Non-Elkish

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 – 14 miles

Smoky morning. I walked to the Bumping River, where I had been planning on getting water, but it was filled with green slime.

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The water report had no data for the next two sources, the outlet stream for Crag Lake and a seasonal stream that feeds the lake, but I decided that I would investigate them and bushwhack to the lake if neither were running. First I arrived at the outlet stream, finding that it was flowing well. I drew water there but didn’t filter any, unenthusiastic about lake water. When I found the seasonal stream running too, I dumped out the outlet stream water and sat down for filtering and lunch.

A pair heading SOBO assured me that the smoke got better up ahead, and I found that it did improve in one direction, though throughout the afternoon it worsened around Rainier and impeded views that would otherwise have been stunning. A small fire was pumping smoke into the air at the base of the mountain.

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Mt. Rainier

In the evening I explored a few elk trails in search of a campsite, stumbling upon a flat, sheltered spot with pine needles that needed little clearing. The only downside is that it’s next to elk trails, so I anticipate visitors in the night. Be strong, my heart. (Something passed just now and I don’t know what it was, it sounded non-elkish.)

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