Harts Pass to Grasshopper Pass (Oct 2-3, 2010)

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harts_grasshopper_coverConditions: Day Hike
Gear: nothing special
Map: USGS Slate Peak
Area: Mazama
Reference: 100 Hikes in Washington's North Cascades National Park Region
Stats: 12.4mi, 1854' gain (round trip)

So it was several months since the knee surgery. I wasn't going to be able to do the type of larch trip I'd done in the past but I needed to see the color. Getting to Harts Pass is a long drive but the trailhead is essentially right in larch territory so there is a lot of bang of not too much effort.

I parked the car, and south, along the PCT towards Harts Pass. Great color was out. Amazing color. It's easy hiking since it's PCT grade.

I hiked down to Grasshopper Pass and found a nice spot in the trees to pitch my tent. I had the place to myself. I nestled into my tent and read some. Got up and wandered around taking photos. Late into the evening I finally made some dinner. Spent a peaceful and calm night in my tent in the middle of nowhere. It was awesome.

In the morning, not being in a rush, I took my time to get up, make breakfast, and hike out.
 
Harts Pass > Grasshopper Pass Slideshow

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