Here are a few photos from the visit to EMP http://www.empsfm.org/  yesterday.
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On with today now.

Woke up rested. Ate a pair of bran raspberry muffing with tea. Also stuffed in marionberry bars. Packed the lunch and three liters of water.
Off we went to head up Mount Pugh today. Below is a description from Ranger Station.

The trail climbs steeply through dense forest for 1.5 miles before reaching the 3.4-acre Lake Metan, elevation 2800 feet. Just before the lake is a spring which is your last water source before reaching the end. The trail then continues with long gradual switchbacks ascending to a small meadow at 3.5 miles. Mountain goats can frequently be seen on the upper slopes of the drainage.

From here the trail is steeper and continues with switchbacks until you come out to the timberline at Stujack Pass. Excellent views can be enjoyed here. Hikers without climbing experience should not continue on. The footpath now treads over a razorback ridge to the top. In places, the trail has been blasted out of rock. You should be equipped for steep snow travel during early summer and for rock scrambling all summer.

A lookout was built on Mt. Pugh in 1927, but has long since been destroyed. You might see remnants of a tramway used to haul building materials to the top. Views from the top are magnificent. All the Cascades from Mt. Baker and Mt. Rainier to Glacier Peak are quite visible on a clear day.

We start on the trail at 9:38am
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Pass a lake on the way.
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We come of the trees,

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and head up the sunny open area.
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some great views going up along here.
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We began walking on the smaller trails up towards the pass.
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continue up the knife edge ridge
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We pass on through Stujack Pass
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Cut across the razor edge and scramble up the class 3 scramble to the summit. Views are great up here.
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On the way up I talked to a fellow who was coming down. He said this hike is one of the best in North America. I have to agree with him now.

Back down the mountain. Three Fingers was off in the distance. We were there last week.

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Going down went very quick. Stomachs full of wrapps and marionberry bars.

We stopped off at the Outlet Mall on the way home. Got a few items from Eddie Bauer’s.

Stopped into Pagliacci for salad and pizza. Realta in good form.
Home for dessert.

Relaxed. Today was a good day. A brilliant hike.

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