We woke up well-rested (probably 11 hours of sleep) and ready to start the next day. We had dry base layers and our outer gear was damp.
Hike: Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere (7.8km)
The hut warden (like a volunteer park ranger) told everyone the evening before that it is an easy 2.5-3 hour hike to Windermere and that many people decide to continue on to Pelion, which is technically the hike for day three. When you combine it, it gives you a day in Pelion to rest or do side trips. We decided that we would probably combine the two days hike, just depending on weather and how we felt.
It was still a little gray and sprinkling, but nothing like the day before.
The landscape was beautiful. It was like nothing I had experienced before and I loved it.
We arrived at Windermere before lunch time, so we decided to continue going.
Hike: Windermere to Pelion (16.8km)
We stopped at the Forth Valley lookout.
Descending down into Frog Flats.
We stopped for a late lunch in the plains area.
By the afternoon, the clouds were starting to disappear and the sun was coming out. The weather was improving but I was getting pretty tired! Overall, we hiked 25km that day and it was tough. It was definitely harder on my body, compared to the previous day. Due to the rain, there were many mud pits that we had to navigate around or through. I am sure others just plowed through the mud, but we used our poles to see where the rocks were and the shallowest sections of the trail were located.
We arrived at the hut, which is set in the buttongrass plains. It was probably the most picturesque area to spend the night. Pelion Hut slept 36 people, with a couple bunk rooms set-up to hold around 8 people. We decided to once again stay in the hut instead of pitching our tent.
After our freeze dried pasta dinner, we went to bed at 7:30pm, looking forward to a relaxing hiking day!