Nickel Creek to Indian Bar
Started to climb Cowlitz Divide on my 10th day. At Longmire, 2 days ago, I got ranger permission to stop at Indian Bar instead of climbing all day to Summerland. This choice had positive and negative results. It gave me this glorious, sunny, day to experience the divide above the fog creeping into the valleys to the east, shown here, and " The Mountain" to the west, shown on the following page. Also, I would have time to photograph an elk herd known to be in this area. On the negative side, unknown at this time, I would be slogging through rain and fog across Panhandle Gap, including some of the most spectacular scenery on the WT, on day 11.