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Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm — Saturday, Sep. 20, 2014

North Cascades
Backpacker Magazine rates this location as the campsite with the #1 view in the U.S., and deservedly so. I finally attained this destination on the last weekend of summer. It is awesome! It was raining yesterday, but the rain stopped before I reached the TH. Good. Mist began about a half mile before Cascade Pass, and it didn't stop. The wind was blowing about 20-25 mph, so the mist came at you sideways. With the effort to reach the camp, I was soaked inside my rain gear. I set up my tent in the blowing mist, changed clothes, and warmed up inside my sleeping bag. I could not see more than a couple of hundred yards the entire hike up to the camp, and was beginning to have doubts about the forecast that called for clearing in the afternoon. Sure enough, five minutes before 6PM, the wind started clearing the clouds, and by 6:30PM the sunset was clearly visible. I awoke this morning to perfectly clear skies. The dawn and the sunrise were magnificent. During my descent, the fall colors and ptarmigans in the meadows provided a beautiful exit from a thrilling destination. I met 19 hikers coming out yesterday. There were eight brave souls, including me, who braved the lousy weather at Sahale Camp yesterday. This morning I counted 23 backpackers headed for Sahale Glacier and 139 hiker headed for Cascade Pass. You would think it was the last weekend of summer.