12.5 miles of hiking • 3000' elevation gain • 1 night
Left early from work on Tuesday and took off Wednesday to bask in the short window of good weather. Shane & I arrived at the trailhead at 4:30pm and quickly started hiking, shooting for Cedar Swamp Camp as our destination. The weather was sunny and warm, and we covered a lot of ground quick.
Around 7pm, we made it to Whiskey Creek and realized that the snow, now about 2 feet deep, wasn't going to let up, so we turned around roughly a mile from our destination. Instead, we had to backtrack all the way to Casey Creek, jogging in some places to beat the sunset.
When we arrived, I set up the tarp while Shane pumped water from Casey Creek, and by the time the shelter was up and Shane had returned it was already 8:30.
We whipped up some thai peanut noodles and broke out the whiskey, drinking excessively for a Tuesday night. A mediocre fire was also had, fighting the damp wood for flames. After the two flasks of whiskey were dispatched, it was 11 o'clock and time for bed.
In the morning, we broke camp a little before 8am and were at the car a bit after 9am. We then decided with all of the day still ahead of us, we may as well go climb Hamilton Mountain as well.