Long drive, but worth it! A day hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness area. Not many people on the trail in the fall, but we saw trail runners, a group of dads with kids, and some old folks (like us!). A beautiful weather day and there was only a little snow on the ground in spots, not bad for a late September day.
And then a wonderful lunch at the Elk Lake Resort. Resort is an interesting word that gets used a lot in Oregon. You can decide for yourself. But in any case, the food was good and very satisfying after miles on the trail.
Finally. My first backpacking adventure of the season. Yes, a bit late, but because of all the smoke, we wanted to wait until the air cleared. And it was worth the wait! Just a one-nighter, but a fantastic trial run.
Hopefully there will be more to come….but with snow coming, it may have to wait until next year.
We will be going back to Mt. Ranier! We stayed for a few days in the historic Paradise Inn, and then we went around to the northeast side and stayed at a ski resort condo for a few more days. Unfortunately all the restaurants were closed, so we ate out of a cooler, but then after grocery shopping in Packwood, we had a kitchen for the last few nights and were able to cook.
Hiking on the Skyline Trail was challenging and fun and you get right up close to the mountain. Then on the east side, starting our hikes from Sunrise (the highest spot you can drive to in the park), it was game on with more amazing views and long hikes.