This was actually Sunday's hike...but I was away enjoying the scenery.
I am not sure if you've ever been to St. John before but I highly recommend it. 2/3 of the island is a national park, totally undeveloped except for some long standing land holdings from before the time of the park. Most, if not all of the park land was donated by Laurance Rockefeller. We flew into St. Thomas and while waiting for the ferry to St. John, I spotted this liftline:
The ferry ride over to St. John was a nice, rum punch filled, 30 minute boat ride through some of the smaller Virgin Islands, including Jeffrey Epstein's infamous Little Saint James Island.
They are experiencing a fairly severe drought down there and, as a result, the stream and waterfall that usually runs down alongside the hike was dry. We also opted to arrange for a pick up at the end of the hike instead of hiking back up the same or another nearby trail, probably about 1000 vertical feet. Call me a wuss, but I think you'll understand this decision based on the photographs to come near the end of this TR.
After descending a well worn, rocky trail for a bit shy of a mile or so, we were able to get our first glimpse of Reef Bay, which is in the distance and for which the hike is named.
After about another half of a mile or so we came to a side trail which is called the Petroglyph trail, which you guessed it, leads to some really cool petroglyphs:
After walking the short 1/4 mile back to the main trail, we continued our descent down the last 3/4 of a mile or so along a slightly wider and smoother trail that passed through numerous old sugar cane plantation ruins. The trail culminated at the old Reef Bay Sugar Mill ruins:
After exploring the ruins for a bit, a short walk through the brush led us to a stunning quartermoon shaped beach. After a little time for a refreshing dip, we made our James Bond exit with the help of this small launch which picked us up on the beach.
And brought us out to a larger speedboat which wisked us away past a few miles of national seashore and some amazing private homes perched on the cliffs overlooking the most azure colored water one's mind could imagine.
Fastpacking in the Glacier Peak Wilderness on Monday and Tuesday.
Glacier Peak from a camp just above Buckcreek Pass
This zone in the GP Wilderness was a complete weather anomaly. High elevation snowpack was just a bit below normal last season. Currently, both the Spider Glacier and Lyman snowfield have pretty smooth surfaces. If you don't mind carrying your gear 10 miles, you could earn some sweet turns here.
Very cool Nepa. Great to see that you're taking advantage of the amazing outdoor opportunities where you live. When you think of all the people that live so close to incredible wilderness and scenery in the PNW (and all over the west for that matter) who never leave the shopping malls on the weekend, it makes me think "what's wrong with these people?"
The PNW looks amazing still considering how poor the snow was at lower elevation, upper looked pretty well covered from the photos I have seen. Some truly epic scenery there - incredible photos too.
We are primarily flatlanders in the summer as we like the beach - beach with mountains would be awesome but, we have to go to either Northern Maine or Vermont/Upper NY for that. The views of Champlain are pretty amazing.
Here is what we have been up too -
Nice to have friends with boats - fast ones too....