|Day 1 - Phelps Creek
trailhead to Spider Glacier
(Friday, August 8th)
7 miles, 900m elevation gain
Easy and short hike through Spider Meadows to Spider Glacier
(rather snowfield). Rain in the afternoon (after I pitched my
tent). Great views from capsite down to the Spider Meadows valley.
I left at 11am and reached campsite around 3pm.
Day 2 - Spider Glacier to Image Lake
(Saturday, August 9th)
12 miles, 870m elevation gain, 950m elevation loss
Long hike to Image lake. Magnificant country around Spider Gap,
Lyman lake, Cloudy Pass. Beautiful trail to Image Lake, but clouds
limited views. Most of the day was partly cloudy, rain came in the
late afternoon (after I pitched my tent) and it rained all night.
I left around 9:30am and reached Lyman lake at 1pm, Cloudy Pass at
2pm and Image lake at 5pm.
Day 3 - Image Lake to Buck Creek
(Sunday, August 10th)
12 miles, 1100m elevation gain, 1000m elevation loss
It stoped raining in the morning and I waited by Image lake
until about 11am, but the clouds stayed. The trip to Buck Creek
pass was less scenic that the previous two days, but still nice.
Miners Ridge meadows are full of flowers. At Buck Creek pass I
secured last campsite with direct views of Glacier Peak. Glacier
Peak peaked through the clouds late in the evening. It did not
rain. I left Image Lake at 11:30am and arrived at Buck Creek Pass
Day 4 - Day trip from Buck Creek
Pass to High Pass
(Monday, August 11th)
8 miles, 850m elevation gain and loss
Day hike to High pass. This is an amazing country. There are
flowers everywhere and the views from couple peaks above the High
Pass are just amazing. This was only 8 miles total, but I spent an
entire day taking pictures and admiring the scenary. This day was
completely clear, no clouds at all.
Day 5 - Return to Trinity and Phelps
(Tuesday, August 12th)
13 miles, 455m elevation gain, 1190m elevation loss
I woke up early to take a few pictures of Glacier Peak in the morning
sun and hiked up to Flower Dome. I left camp at around 10am and hiked
down to Trinity, where I was at 2pm. From there I had to climb 3 miles
and 200m to my car at Phelps creek (and I got there shortly after 3pm).
The trail down was OK, but not exciting compared to my previous
experiences. By the afternoon it was becoming cloudy again.