The sky remained foggy/cloudy all the way down the trail. Guye Peak, which stood near the pass, looked like a smoking haystack.
After arriving at the trailhead at Snoqualmie Pass, Ralph and I drove to Summit Inn, a hotel adjacent to a ski resort on the other side of Interstate 90.
Though I had become more accustomed to handling the BRS-3000T stove that gave me trouble when I started from Hart’s Pass, I still didn’t like using it, so I had asked Kim to ship my Jetboil stove to Summit Inn.
The hotel held packages for hikers, though they charged $10 per package for anyone who didn’t stay there.
While we were waiting for the desk clerk to find my package, Val came to the lobby to check out. He had hiked the extra distance to Snoqualmie Pass yesterday and stayed at the hotel last night.
The time was still early enough for breakfast, so Ralph, Val, and I walked over to the hotel’s restaurant. While we were there, we talked about our options of where to stay tonight.
One option was to stay at the Summit Inn, but the online reviews of it were mixed. Val said he didn’t think it was bad and perhaps I could have gotten back the $10 I paid for holding my package. Still, after some deliberation, Ralph and I decided we could probably do better in Issaquah. The resupply options would be much better there and I needed some new socks.
We found the Spring Hill Inn in Issaquah was near an REI and a Safeway grocery store, so that sealed the plan.
Then, without too much convincing needed, we talked Val into taking a zero and going with us to Issaquah. The room we reserved had two beds and a sleeper sofa, so there would be plenty of room for him.