This is a great loop that offers quality running with views of mountain peaks and valleys, beautiful forest and waterfalls. There is plenty of water on the route. I did the loop clockwise in a little over nine hours.
Gear with me:
Scott trail running shoes
Drymax inner layer, Wright outer layer socks
OR: gaiters, cap and gloves.
Patagonia: Houdini jacket and pack, Nine trails vest, beanie and light weight balavica.
Old trusty shorts I love for trail running.
Cascade Crest 100 tee. (got to go with what takes you to the finish line)
Costco: smartwool zip longsleeve tee.
!00 oz blatter and handheld bottle.
Map and compass
First aid kit
Headlamp with extra batteries
Camera with extra batteries
Timex watch (nothing fancy, just the time)
2 abh and c (almond butter, honey and coconut sandwiches)
2 small rounds of cheese
2 Hammer perpetuum servings.
What animals I saw
1 momma elk with baby
Small furry things (like squirrels etc)
human with dog
2 bird together in lake (Loon, duck ?)
What I heard:
Did not eat 2nd breakfast before leaving car
Did not read map well enough to avoid adding ~half mile to trip.
I left the car at Chinook Pass parking lot at 6:45 looking for the correct trail. I found my way east on the PCT crossing over the road. The day was cool and clear.