Explorer | 40 pts
A last trip for the summer. Ran out there Saturday morning for a one night stay. LOTS of people doing the Naches Trail Loop so the first mile or two is littered with people, dogs and kids. Then you break off from the trail, fill out the permit and start decending down to Dewey Lake. Fewer kids but still a fair number of people. If you're watching you can see Rainier on the first cutback down to Dewey Lake. After Dewey Lake there's few people on the PCT. We passed two groups on the way. The trail is a little exposed at some points, we were pretty hot but then it switches over to the west side of the ridge and into trees. Just after the switch you get views of Rainier again. When American Ridge Trail breaks from the PCT you're almost there. Another mile or so and you burst out into American Lake. Beautiful lake and surrounding area. We set up camp on the North East corner and spent the night before hiking back Sunday. Those two groups we passed on the way in ended up at the lake also. We all spread out and rarely heard one another. We could hear the elk all night though!