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PCT: Pass Over Pass Over Pass

by Lisa

Day 5: Deception Pass to Mig Lake (14.1 miles)

Today was a fantastic day for scenery and the trail reminded me a lot of hiking the John Muir Trail.

I started my hiking day around 7:30, quickly passing through the relatively flat saddle of Deception Pass.

Morning light on the ridgeline

The next couple miles wound northward along the west side of a ridge. The scree slopes offered some great views of the next ridge west as well as some chances for pika spotting!

Three miles along I reached Deception Lakes, a perfectly scenic spot to take a morning break. I had the place to myself and so cooled my heels for a short while on a large rock jutting out into the lake.

The sun rising on Deception Lake

View of Glacier Lake from above

Descending into Glacier Basin

Next up was a short but steep climb to Pieper Pass. Once over the pass I was treated to views of Glacier and Surprise Lakes below me.

The downhill from the pass was pretty rugged. The trail switchbacked through a scree and talus field full of ankle twisting rocks. I was grateful to make it to the valley floor.

Another half mile or so along I took a short spur trail to get me to the boulder-filled shoreline of Glacier Lake. There were some folks camping there and relaxing for the day so it turned out to be a social lunch.

Lunchtime view at Glacier Lake

After only slightly delaying the inevitable I was back on trail. I had another steep climb ahead to reach Surprise Pass.

I reached the pass with only minimal breaks to catch my breath. Thankfully there was a great spot to take a break at the pass, and some other hikers to chat with.

Below Surprise Pass I could see beautiful Trap Lake. The trail stayed a few hundred feet above it. It’s certainly now on my list for a weekend visit!

Gorgeous Trap Lake

The next few miles were an up and down ramble along the east side of a ridge line. My original goal was Hope Lake but I was pretty disappointing by what I saw and so decided to press on another mile to Mig Lake.

I’m very very glad I kept going. Mig Lake was much more open and scenic. Even more surprising was seeing hubby walk up only about 15 minutes after I got there. He had spontaneously decided to hike in and spend the night with me, instead of just seeing me at Steven’s Pass. He brought fresh apples, brownies, and a bottle of wine. I felt so spoiled!

It was a wonderful evening spent catching up. I’m so grateful to have such an amazing supporter on this adventure of mine.

Lovely Mig Lake

1 comment

sheila marples September 4, 2017 - 1:06 pm

nice your husband was able to join you and how he supports you


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