Start: Gravel/Ridge Lakes
End: tentsite at mile 2419
Miles covered: 19
PCT mile marker: 2419/2652
Highlight: Morning views of Mt Rainier. (Honorable mention: Spectacle Lake.)
Biggest challenge: The rocky terrain, paired with the late afternoon 2,000-foot climb, caused my foot to complain again. However, my foot is doing a little better with my Merrell shoes, which have thicker, more-rigid soles. (Dishonorable mention: I left the door to my tent open to help with condensation, and I awoke abruptly when a mouse (presumably) crawled on my face. Twice. Ewww.