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