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.
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!
It really was beautiful 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.
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.
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.