North Cascades, WA
Having done this about three years ago, I was excited to see if it was as amazing as I remembered and to share it with a new group of buds. I was also excited to have found people that were down to drive a couple hours to get to the trailhead. Speaking of the drive though..
Hours into the drive I realized I forgot my hiking boots and would have to do a 10+ mile hike in my Birks.. 1.5. Which means absolutely no turning back, deep into the Mountain Loop Highway, and smiling through the mild panic and dread. (S/O to Tabby for taking it on with me and giving my blisters a break in her hiking boots — had no idea that kind of generosity even EXISTED!!)
The people on this hike were for the most part good ole hikers and the jean count was under five. However, as the person tripping and twisting ankles on the trail due to my footwear I didn’t judge a single one of them. I hardly noticed what people were wearing because I was trying to maintain aggressive eye contact with every passerby and eliminate the possibility of them seeing my feet.
1 fish caught by this hike’s resident fisherman Tim! He proceeded to yell “TAKE A PICTURE” upwards of nine times but we didn’t realize it was him and completely ignored him, woooops.
Fall count returns for this hike! ONE HARD FALL in slow motion and in all its glory I slid down a mini drop and managed to turn the Birk around my foot and require assistance up. Its a shame my retirement won’t be funded by America’s Funniest Home Videos because the boys weren’t there to record it.
Collective minutes we spent in the crazy cold, crazy beautiful water after jumping in? Likely less than two, everyone had their version of shocked yells and cries with frantic swimming to get out. But totally worth it.
Not only would I recommend this hike, I would recommend this as a backpacking trip. The campsites are excellent and its fairly flat for a hike in. I would also recommend keeping a pair of shoes in your car so you don’t become a blistered Hufflepuff like me.