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Fall Adventures: North Cascades

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Washington Pass - view of Hwy 20 Trip date: October 14-15, 2017
Location: Maple Pass Loop, Lone Fir Campground, Washington Pass, & Blue Lake Trail in the North Cascades Dog Friendly: Yes to everything we did this weekend!
Sarina mentioned to me a month ago how she was planning a car camping weekend with our friend Caitlin in the North Cascades and invited me along. She mentioned doing two day hikes in the area and camping at Lone Fir Saturday night. I am always down for a car camping weekend, so I told her I’d probably join.
The Wednesday before the trip, I called the Methow Valley Ranger Station to get some of my questions answered… are Maple Pass, Blue Lake, and Lone Fir dog friendly? (Answer: yes to all) Is there snow on the ground at the campgrounds? (No) Is there running water? (No, meaning bring all your water) How much is the campsite per night? ($12/night) Etc. If you can’t find up-to-date info online for the area, or it’s unclear, call the ranger station! They always have usef…

Cascade Pass to Sahale Glacier Camp

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Sunrise at Sahale Glacier Camp
I think I was just too busy this weekend, and my heart wasn't into it. With friends in town, planning Cody's birthday celebration, packing for this overnighter was literally the last thing on my mind. Plus we had just backpacked the weekend before, so most of my gear was still laying out, unorganized. Even when we started the hike up Cascade Pass, Cody even said he felt a little off.

Saturday night I haphazardly packed at midnight and just shoved everything that was laying out from the weekend before (ie sleeping bag, toiletries, clothes...) into my 58L backpack and called it a night. I did make a checklist on my phone of things that were missing that I needed to add the next morning before I left.... phone cord, walkie talkie, extra sleeping pad (so glad I grabbed it!), and what not. Following morning, Cody, Paul, and I hit the road for trailhead.

Trail leading up to Cascade Pass
Sarina, Amy, Catherine, and Karen had hit the trailhead 3 hours …