We were up at 5:00 and finished our hot breakfast by 6. As we were finishing packing, Don motioned for me to quietly come and take a look at the Roosevelt Elk who was enjoying the peaceful morning. After taking several photos, we realized that he did not care that we were there and he was just going to do his thing. Finally we decided that it was time for us to move on. He stood in the trail as we took more photos and then just put his head down to continue eating. Tomorrow is the start date for bow hunting season. This guy doesn't have a chance for survival if he isn't a little more cautious. We are hiking thru prime elk terrain. Wide open meadows with plenty of water seems to be everywhere. Had some beautiful views of Mt. Rainer. Trail today was back to steep ups and downs. There also was the challenge of it being quite hot! Met an interesting character at Anderson Lake, where we stopped to have lunch. He was camping with his dog who was being frustrated trying to carry a large stick. He was also wearing a gun.The day is now hotter and the trail up. Water never tasted so good. We hike a bit with Topper again who is getting picked up at the next roadhead by a vet. He will then bring her back the next day. At the road there is a beautiful wooden bridge that is used by PCT hikers. It is the entrance for Mount Ranier National Park. We meet Banker Jim, a retired banker, who hikes short sections and as he says he is banking miles. Someday he plans to hike the trail in its entirety. Sheep lake is home for tonight. As it is the weekend and not far from a trailhead, there are a number of tents.
Mileage Hiked 22-Sheep Lake