Mile: 2442.2 to 2457.4 (15.2)
up/down: 4500/4300 feet
The altitude profile today was like a sawtooth with really steep sides. It was some of the steepest grades we've seen on the trail. One mile half mile long section was at 2000 feet per mile grade. Others were similar. By the time we quit our legs were wobbly from the effort. At least it didn't rain.
What we could see of the mountains today around the low clouds looked quite stunning. Hopefully the days ahead will give us more good views.
We couldn't make the Stevens Pass ski lodge before closing time so stopped a few miles out at Susan Jane Lake. After a relatively calm day the wind picked up to a gusty gale as we pitched the tent. Sometimes I wonder if we'll catch a break at all in the northern cascades. We'll head in to the lodge first thing, get our box and hopefully something to eat, then continue on.
We did pass 2450 today so have less than 200 miles to go. Depending on weather and terrain, September 14 or 15 is looking likely for a finish.