Not particularly in a hurry this morning, I got up after 8 o’clock. Surprisingly stiff, I made my way downstairs to Timberline Lodge‘s dining room, where the breakfast buffet was in progress.
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I again didn’t set my alarm last night, though I got up around 6:40 today, and didn’t get started hiking for another hour. This was later than I wanted, but given the goal for today was going to be a “short” 20.7 miles to Timberline Lodge, I had plenty of time.
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I opted to not set my alarm last night. I still got up around 6:20, which was not much later than I would have gotten up had I set my alarm (and then proceeded to hit the snooze button several times), so I considered it a win.
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The day started off overcast, with a cool breeze blowing. After a brief dip, the trail started a somewhat strenuous 2,000-ft climb over six miles, to the west, and then north, of Mount Jefferson, offering many great views of the mountain along the way.
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It was cooler this morning, and I actually hiked for a while with long pants and my fleece, before the temperature warmed up enough that they weren’t necessary.
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