CDT Day 108 (MT – Augusta to E. Glacier)

Bobbo Series: Ep. 2 “The Wall”

  • CDT Miles: 2,758-2,782.4 (24.4)
  • Total Hiked: 1,814.7 miles
  • Elevation Range: 5,520-7,675 feet

“Yes, and how many years must a mountain exist, before it is washed to the sea? And how many years can some people exist, before they’re allowed to be free? Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. The answer is blowin’ in the wind.” – (Bob Dylan)

Thankfully, the storm seemed to move past us decently quick and I actually fell asleep fast after that happened. Later on, I’d learn from Cheer and Snickers that another bout came through around 3am, but that was primarily just rain. I slept through it. So, when waking up at 5:30am, I wasn’t sure if I was hearing rain or just drops from the trees. Either way, it was wet out and packing up in the dark wasn’t ideal, especially since my headlight is running low on it’s batteries.

Snickers and I got going at 6:30am, but Cheer said she was lagging and to go on ahead. We are still relatively low in elevation, so things started out in a puddle-filled green tunnel…

Cheer caught us after a mile or so. Then, we cruised. It was uphill that got steeper as the morning went on. About quarter to 9am, we received our first glimpse of the famous escarpment in the Bob known as the Chinese Wall…

We would hike along in view of this beauty for the next 5 hours and 7.5 miles. I don’t know how long the wall is in total, but heard reports that this section is the most prominent and has a distance of 12 miles. We got to see the portion between Cliff Mountain and Larch Hill. It was spectacular! I’d read later that it’s limestone composition complete with fossils and such, which seemed out of place to me. Even more intriguing for that.

Snickers had read there was a unnamed pass up ahead (it would actually be our high point for the day) that had a short side trail to a view. We made that our goal for second breakfast. Here’s going up to the somewhat exposed little saddle, which offered views both to the north and south.

Looking ahead to the north…

And back towards the south…

Wow wow wow! Quite to wondrous scene we were witnessing and the weather was part of it too. Not exactly what we were anticipating or hoping for, but certainly visually striking. The forecast was for last night’s storm to be the last (for the forecastable future I suppose) and going forward it was expected to be super nice. Today would turn out to be on and off clouds and rain with a few spots of sun in between. At our high point/second breakfast spot, the wind had picked up and the clouds were continuously streaming over top the wall. I tried a time lapse to show…

It was so windy up there that Cheer decided she was going to keep hiking and getting lower to take her break. Snickers and I stayed and soaked in this spot. It was quite special in my opinion.

Here’s looking out away from the wall, which is also very beautiful views..

Once going, we went down quickly and found a Cheer hanging out down there…

Then, more of walking along near the base of the wall…

Just before lunch, a steady rain started up, but we were fortunate to find a dry spot under some pine trees. Right as we got situated, it was letting up anyways and even got a short window of sun to quickly dry some things out a tad…

In mid-afternoon, we started veering away from the giant escarpment. Here’s saying goodbye for now…

A bit ahead…. My Lake.

It’s called My Lake people, it’s not like I’m claiming it as my own or anything. Sheesh.

Around 4pm, we found ourselves at a split in the trail. Most hikers seem to be taking the Spotted Bear Alternate route because of reports from the southbound hikers of rough trail conditions along the CDT red line. Plus, the alternate is shorter miles. Based on my research of the comments, I found another route that combines the southern part of the red line with the northern part of the alternate that’s supposed to be stellar, so that’s what I decided to shoot for. (I was under the impression the infamous “devil’s wood pile” section of severe blow downs, that sobo’ers told us about, was in the northern part of the red line)

See…

Snickers and Cheer were going full Spotted Bear Alternate (the yellow line). So, some farewells were in order, but in my heart I had hope of a not too distant reunion, hoping I could do some bigger miles to catch up. Off I went…

Not long after my departure, the rain started again. It was quite steady and seemingly gaining in power. I was pretty excited when after crossing a creek and hiking up a hill, I found a cabin with a sizeable overhang where I took shelter. Woohoo. I figured, better take advantage and do an early dinner under there. Such a unexpected and timely treat!

I probably hid out for an hour, between 5pm and 6pm. It worked out super nice and turned clear as I left. It also seemed to be done for the evening, which was stupendous. The trail was a muddy puddle-filled mess with car wash vegetarian, but hey, it wasn’t coming down from above anymore!

At Miners Creek, there was a nice flat spot but I risked it wanting to cover some more ground and kept trekking. Finally, I made it through the green tunnel and found a pretty nice spot out in the open a bit. It was late getting there though and it was becoming dark quickly, so a speedy setup and such. What a day!

Albums of the Day

“The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” – Bob Dylan (1963)

“Yesterday (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – Himesh Patel (2019)

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