The first morning we awoke to frost, bitter cold temperatures accompanied by rain and fog rolling in. an ominous sign of the weather to come.
On one hand, doing this in one day was tough. On the other, looking back now, I was happy I didn't have to wake up to climbing this ridge. The walk from Park lakes to the beginning of the climb was fairly easy with only one spot of long elevation loss before the ridge climb. We even heard what we suspected was a rock slide, but were certain of it after running into two ladies who had watched it.
Looking down on spectacle lake from above, it seemed like an excellent camping spot albeit fairly exposed. At least in passing it was quite a sight. Just below the trail passes through an old burn and passed a good sized waterfall. After this, in comparison to the majority of the first day, the trail becomes rather boring as it enters the woods for a good distance. The only exciting part is the ford of Lemah bridge, which was very low and easily hopped over.
Our Tent Site on the Ridge
Before we knew it we began the climb up Escondido and it seemed to last forever. It is very steep and largely in tree cover allowing for no views to soothe weary feet. However, there was a few views, one spectacular one of a massive glacier headwall, but it isn't until the top that the views really open up. It was spectacular to look at the fall colors sprinkling the hillsides, Brandon (my partner) even commented that it looked like a Bob Ross painting.
Our Camp for the night was next to a tarn and well shielded from the wind. However, sleeping on the ridge during September in Washington is a roll of the dice and unfortunately it snowed about 2 inches during the night . It insulated the tent for the night but left us soaked for the next two days