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Day Hike - Duckabush River

We left the trailhead at 8:30am. Yesterday it rained alot. After the switchbacks there was water cascading over rocks all over this area to the Big Hump. The trail had full streams in some places. Very large puddles 4-5 strides were common. On this day we had to throw rocks into many downhill streams (4?5?) in order to keep our boots dry during crossing. There were many many trees over the trail that we climbed/squeezed under, or climbed/slid over. I enjoyed the hike, like an obstacle course. We say approx 8 people on the way out, some with dogs. The weather was light rain in the first hour, that cleared. Once over the pass/saddle it was darker, cooler, with mist in the air, you could see the clouds coming up the pass from the other side. We did not make it to the camp ground- there was a narrow fast running stream with jaggedy rocks, approx 2-3 miles west, from pass/saddle. we had gone a total of 10.75 miles and returned by 3pm. The views of the Brothers were amazing, the valleys were beautiful. I can't wait to go back in the winter and the summer. Definately consider the gain when considering companions on this hike.

  • Road rough but passable

The drive in was the standard dirt and gravel with some large holes.  I've seen worse.

We were the first there arriving at 8:30am.

There was trail maintenance early in the hike, yet this was where there wasn't any flowing water.

I didn't see wild animals.

The Duckabush was raging and full. Feeder streams came down from everywhere.

There was a light dusting of snow on The Brothers.  Mt Lena was visible. 

There was one of the longest waterfalls I have ever seen at the end of the valley a the saddle. 2 of us stopped in awe just gazing trying to find the top.

Going up the switchbacks gave one plenty of views and camera ops.

After turning around on the west side of the pass, we saw a young couple in trail running shoes and small packs. Then at big hump we saw two small groups. I know one group turned around there and we all walked out together.

We took some bearings on Big Hump...great practice with all the mountain peaks around