Mile: 2323.5 to 2344.5 (21.0)
up/down: 2700/3800 feet
It takes a while to get past these big volcanoes so we had the pleasure of the company of Mt Rainier for most of the day. Leaving camp we continued the climb to a ridge we would follow for many miles. Switching sides of the ridge often we had views to both sides. To the west was Rainier, still sporting its cloudy hat. To the east was Cement Basin, Lake Basin, and Little Crow Basin, among others in the Peak Wilderness. It was view-o-rama all morning.
In the afternoon we started the long roller coaster descent into Government Meadow and the Mike Urich Cabin - constructed in the 1990s by a local snowmobile club. It is open to hikers and would be handy in a rain storm but so far we've dodged that bullet. The forecast doesn't look so great a few days from now. If we play our miles right we'll be in Snoqualmie at a hotel that day.