Mount Burroughs resides on the northeast slopes of Mt. Rainier. Named after naturalist/essayist, John Burroughs, it is actually three progressively higher hill-tops – Burroughs 1, Burroughs 2, and Burroughs 3. […]
Days six through nine were a series of very long descents to below 9,000′, usually close to 8,000′, followed by a longish approach and a final steep climb to a […]
Camped on the edge of a big meadow where trees meet grass, we slept very well on night four. Back around 10,000′ and flat ground was very nice. We both felt like sleeping in, but it was important to keep the rhythm for a couple reasons. 1. I much prefer to hike alone, not with a lot of other people. Starting early gives more time alone, and puts one on a somewhat different schedule that many. 2. It’s cooler in the morning and it definitely has been warm by 10AM. It’s 5:15AM, we’re groggy, it’s dark, but time to throw off the bag, deflate the thermarest and pillow, and begin stuffing those items in the backpack.
In just three days, the John Muir Trail would let us know that it was going to be a serious hike, and no day would be easy.