Date- June 27, 2019
Location- side of trail
Elevation- 5,722 ft
Distance Traveled Today- 20.1 miles
Distance Traveled Total- 113.2 miles
Weather/Temp- rainy, foggy, sunny, 50s
Injuries- sore toe
Pain level- low
Wildlife encounters- zero
Days without shower-1
Days without laundry- 1
As destiny would have it, the rain was pouring this morning. It was still pouring rain when Dale, Jet Pack, and I walked across East Glacier Village and reconnected with the muddy, overgrown mess that is the trail.
There was nothing to the first 15 miles of hiking. It was either raining, or we were getting soaked from wet foliage brushing against us from both sides for the majority of the stretch between East Glacier and Maria’s Pass. Maria’s Pass is the gateway into the stretch known as “The Bob Marshall Wilderness,” or simply “The Bob.” Truth be told, you first cross into “Lewis and Clark National Forest” and don’t even reach The Bob for a few days, but everyone just affectionately refers to this entire section as simply “The Bob.”
The three of us hiked together the entire day in the rain and mud and didn’t see another hiker. By 3 pm we reached Maria’s Pass and took an hour break to eat lunch and air out our feet.
The sun finally came out as we crossed into The Bob and hiked another 5 miles before making camp near a creek. It was a fairly uneventful day, but this marks the beginning of a very, very long stretch of trail through one of the most infamous sections of the CDT. I have very high hopes for my bear sightings through here. Don’t let me down, Bob!