Today, waiting at the top is a visitor's center, complete with WiFi, coffee and hot chocolate. I relaxed for a good while before starting my decent. For the test of the story read my previous post.
I was hopeful the rain would end after leaving the pass, but instead it increased. Thankfully I'm now equipped with proper wet gear!
I slept under the canopy of old growth cedars, where the undergrowth is sparse and the rain cannot fully penetrate.