|Rough skinned newt|
I left my DSLRs at home and packed along my waterproof point and shoot camera for this soggy trip.
My bus picked me up at 6:15, there was already one passenger on the bus and she got dropped off at the Port of Shelton. The bus left me at the trail head at 7:04 am and my return ride was due to pick me up between 3 and 3:30, so I had ample time to hike all of the Mount Rose trail.
For this hike I wore my boots so I could keep my feet dry. I also left Patches at home. I knew she would be wet and cold and miserable out there. I sure missed her, she is so cheerful when she runs up the trail ahead of me. She loves hiking and when I go without her she howls and cries and makes the most pitiful noises, or so I am told. But she did just go hiking two days before so she probably needed to rest her arthritic knees.
It took me over an hour to reach one hour rock, I was depressed and moving slow and I am not a morning person. I must have perked up after I passed one hour rock, because I was at horse camp before I knew it. Shortly after I passed horse camp I saw the first snow on the trail, then as I got near the summit it started snowing. The snow was wet and fat and mixed with rain, so I knew it would not stick.
I had my tea on the summit and I managed to stay warm because the snow and rain stopped for a bit and I had my hot tea to warm me up. If Patches had been with me she would have been miserable and I would not have been able to take my break on the summit.
I headed down the loop in the long direction as and I headed down the rainfall gradually increased. First it was just misting, then it was drizzling and by the time I got down to the benches it was raining. When I reached the road it was pouring, but I did not really care because I was in a good mood by then.
I got to the road nearly an hour before my pick up time so I wandered down to the lake shore and had my tea. Then about ten minutes before my pick up time I decided to start hiking up the road in the direction that my bus would be coming from. I did this so I could keep warm, I knew that if the bus was at all late I was going to get quite cold.
I made it all the way out to the pavement before my bus arrived at 3:30. The driver was very glad that I had walked out to meet her, it saved her some time and she was unsure about where the Mount Rose trail head was.
By walking out to meet my bus I added and extra 1.3 miles to my hike. Also by being out there for 8.5 hours I got quite a work out. I'm still tired today and I know that I'm in pretty good hiking condition but I think that being out there for so many hours kind of took it out of me. Also I had just done Mount Walker two days before.
Thanks to Mason Transit I can keep hiking even if there is no money for gas in the monthly budget.
7 miles with 3,500 feet elevation gain
|Mount Rose loop plus some road walking|
|This feather was standing up like it had been dropped there just for me|
|Slime mold on the move|
|illegal campfire at 3,500 feet on the steep half of the loop|
|Hot tea on the summit, note my patented tea bag|
toe warmer on my left foot
|fairy slipper orchid|
|crucified on Mount Rose|
|Lake Cushman bus stop|
|My bus just reaching the dirt|
|My view at lunch time|