This weekend I went backpacking at Slough Creek with a group of friends from the dorms. We planned to hike to a campsite about seven miles in on Saturday and then hike up into Bliss Pass and then back to the trailhead on Sunday. When we started Saturday at around noon, it was bright, sunny, warm and beautiful outside. We hiked for about two miles and came into a beautiful valley with a pond on one side that had a log next to it. We decided this was the perfect spot to stop for lunch.
Flowers along the trail at the beginning of the hike
It was beautiful when we started
A nice field along the way
The mountains come into view
As we finished eating, we heard thunder in the distance hurried to put on our rain gear and pack covers. I didn’t have a pack cover so I improvised one by pulling a trash bag over my pack and cutting holes for my shoulder straps and camelback tube. I was happily surprised that it kept my pack dry throughout what was to become a rainy and wet weekend. As it began to rain, we hurried toward our campsite, about 5 miles down the trail. The rain continued off and on as we hiked and stopped just before we arrived at camp.
Our lunch site
View from our lunch site
Our campsite was really beautiful – situated along Slough Creek, it provided us with amazing views of Bliss Pass in the mountains ahead of us. Low clouds hung over the mountains and hills around us. Someone before us had set up three elk skulls adjacent to the campfire circle, one of which was still bloody.
The elk skulls at our campsite
Across the river from our campsite
After about 3 hours of hiking, we made it back to the trailhead thankful to be finished and out of the bad weather. Even though it rained a lot, it didn’t dampen the trip too much. I think we all had a really fun time and it was definitely better than sitting in the dorm watching the rain come down all weekend. The scenery was beautiful despite the rain and it felt good to carry my big backpack again. I am looking forward to some more backpacking trips this summer, but I do hope the weather will be a little bit better.
From the hike on the way out
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