Hike Distance: 9.5 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1351.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 1396 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 1142034 feet
We were so fortunate to have a last hike in Indian Heaven Wilderness, before the snow prevents access to this special place! We started out at the Placid Lake TH and hiked out toward Chenamus Lake.
Unfortunately, being muzzleloading hunting season, we watched a hunter carrying a buck or elk head out from this area. His son was with him and carrying the rifle. There were three other hunters talking with them in the Chenamus Lake area, so we turned around and decided this wasn’t the best place for us, even though our clothing made us very visible! The hunters were courteous and friendly and we said hello and moved on.
We quickly took a picture of me, at Chenamus Lake, as I had just reached the 11,000 mile milestone of my journey! 🙂 These milestones are moments of reflection on this life journey! I couldn’t have asked for a more special hike, location or partner to celebrate another 1000 miles completed! 🙂
We then followed the Placid Lake Trail east to the PCT and headed southbound for about 3/4 of a mile. It was so awesome to be both rained and snowed on, and we stopped to try and take some pictures. Fortunately, no thru-hikers were seen on the PCT! In the past, we have seen hikers going northbound, in October, in Indian Heaven!
On the return hike to the TH we saw two deer! The first one just stared us down, and appeared to be frozen in the headlights. It didn’t walk away until we walked away around the bend. I hope these deer are able to survive the hunting season.
The only people we saw were five hunters in the Chenamus Lake area, and then nobody else during the entire hike. A truly fantastic day in Indian Heaven Wilderness!