|Devils Dream to South Puyallup (Aug 4, 2000):|
We awake from a refreshing sleep and start our day early. The weather is great, not a cloud in the sky. The 9 day'ers are already gone, they were pushing on to Klapatche Park Camp. We quickly broke camp and ate our first meal of Granola for the trip, a breakfast food which we will grow weary of. It was a tactical decision to pick granola as our breakfast food for the whole trip. Breakfast is, of course, the most important meal of the day while hiking, and Granola is super packed with calories and complex carbohydrates. We allowed 1/2 pound each per day.
The first major scenic area for the day was only 5 minutes out
of camp at Squaw Lake, pictured to the right. About another
mile hike and we are in Indian Henrys Hunting Grounds.
Indian Henrys is a mountain meadow, it was named by P.B Van Trump
for a Cowlitz Indian named Satulick, whom white men nicknamed
"Indian Henry". The oldest ranger cabin in the
park, built in 1915, is located in the meadow with a picturesque
view of Rainier right at it's back door. Because the cabin
is still in use, a lucky ranger gets to be stationed at the
cabin, and live there. The cabin is pictured below to the
From Indian Henrys you
quickly descend to Tahoma Creek, where the largest footbridge in
the park exists, The Tahoma Creek suspension bridge. You will
either love or hate crossing the bridge. It depends on how afraid
of heights you are. The bridge is only wide enough for one person
to cross at a time and there is a 120 foot drop to the canyon
floor below. In winter they take the floor-boards off the bridge
to prevent damage from the weight of snow. But this doesn't stop
hearty winter travelers from crossing it. They use harnesses and
carabiners and clamp themselves to the wire handrail and supports
while slowly inching across the bridge.
The ascent to Emerald Ridge
was harder than we thought. The last mile or so has no tree
cover, which allowed the sun to bake us. The good part
about having no tree cover is that the view was incredible.
The lower Tahoma Glacier, Glacier Island, and parts of South
Tahoma Glacier were visible. Just before the final ascent
we took a rest in the glacier valley pictured to the right.
We were just getting to the snow line. The air was
incredibly sweet smelling from the alpine wildflowers. We
ended up sitting/laying there for over an 30 minutes before we
decided that we better get going. Taking a really long
break while hiking causes your muscles to stiffen up and body to
cool down too much, as we found out later.
Meadow near Squaw lake
The Tahoma Bridge
Looking down from the middle of the Tahoma Bridge, Imagine crossing in winter without the floorboards !
Jason crossing, with Tahoma glacier in the background.
Approach to Emerald Ridge.
Top of Emerald Ridge
Rusty Iron on the footing of Tahoma Glacier (From the top of Emerald Ridge)
Flower Meadow at Emerald Ridge
Flower Meadow at Emerald Ridge
The highest point at Emerald Ridge - Looking down at the trail and our backpacks.
South Puyallup Campgrounds
|South Puyallup GPS Coordinates:|
Lat: 46 48' 47" N
Lon: 121 51' 52" W