156 – Backpacking Goat Rocks Wilderness – Back to Berry Patch & on to Mount Rainier National Park

This was the last day in our backpacking trip into the Goat Rocks Wilderness, so after coffee and breakfast we packed up our camp there in the Jordan Basin to begin our hike back to the trailhead.

Packed up and ready to head out

Packed up and ready to head out

The weather was spectacular and the views absolutely incredible. It was such a wonderful trail with views of not one, but three major mountains as we worked our way back down to the trailhead. First, Mount Saint Helens, then Mount Adams and finally, Mount Rainier! In reality, it was a long trail, our packs felt very heavy on our backs, we had been out on this backpacking trip for six days and there were many ups and downs in elevation along the way; but with views like that, I didn’t really mind. Later, back at home, back to reality, my calves were a bit tender for the next couple of days after that hike. Good toning I told myself!

Mount Saint Helens --- Mount Adams -- Mount Ranier

Mount Saint Helens — Mount Adams — Mount Rainier

It really was beautiful along the trail.

Along the trail

Along the trail

We reached the trailhead parking lot around noon and hungry after our hike out, headed to the nearby Chambers Lake for a picnic and coffee. We appeared to have the entire lake to ourselves, and what a treat it was to sit on the shore of such a peaceful lake to relax after a long hike before we had to make the six-hour drive back to our home.

Coffee time at Chamber Lake

Coffee time at Chamber Lake

Why go straight home we asked each other, so we decided to take the scenic route! We followed the highway right through Mount Rainier National Park and took in all those wonderful sights too. There were tunnels, mountain peaks and a beautiful National forest to enjoy.

Driving through Mount Ranier National Park

Driving through Mount Ranier National Park

Go here –https://60before60.wordpress.com/?s=goat+rocks – to read about our entire backpacking trip in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, and here –http://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm  – for information about Mount Rainier National Park.

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