There is a part of me that feels a certain sense of accomplishment when you cover a lot of miles with a lot of vertical gain, and that’s a common element of most days on the trail. This was not one of those days.
The hike from Mystic Camp to Granite Creek was short – a mere 4-1/2 miles – and took us all of two leisurely hours to complete.
We started with a descent of 1,000 feet to Winthrop Creek, and the views of Mount Rainier began to open up.
The lower section of the Winthrop Glacier looks less like the snow and ice we think of when you imagine a glacier, and more like dirt and rock. Beneath that talus there is ice, moving slowly down the mountain.
After crossing Winthrop Creek, the second half of this day’s hike was all uphill and forested. We crossed Granite Creek on a log and the camp was on the right. The camp sites were spread out nicely, and arriving before lunch, we had our pick. We chose a roomy site closest to the creek, setup our camp and proceeded to laze about for the remainder of the day.
We read, took photos, and generally just enjoyed the sounds of the creek and the beautiful weather.
It was a day to just “be” in the wilderness–a great reminder to slow down and enjoy the peace once in a while.
Mystic to Granite Creek Trail Map and Elevation Profile
Originally hiked on August 12, 2019 with Derek and Jason.