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July 2022

Day 118: Mile 2254.7 to 2280.5

To say that I was anticipating today’s stretch would be an understatement. I had a foretaste of the outstanding beauty of the Goat Rocks Wilderness area last summer on a three-day backpacking trip from White Pass to Walupt Lake (going south.) Despite the smoke that obscured the views at the time, I loved every minute… Read More »Day 118: Mile 2254.7 to 2280.5

Day 115: Mile 2200.6 (Sheep Lake) to 2224.8 (Trout Lake Creek)

Washington is holding its cards close to its chest. Today’s 24-mile stretch still didn’t feature any major highlights, and I once again spent the day in a “green tunnel.” I don’t mind—I am just days away from the state’s most stunning scenery! The bug situation today was the worst I’ve ever experienced on the entire… Read More »Day 115: Mile 2200.6 (Sheep Lake) to 2224.8 (Trout Lake Creek)

Day 113: Mile 2148.2 (Cascade Locks, OR/Bridge of the Gods) to 2168.3

I began my last day in Oregon with a hearty breakfast. Ideally, I would have left at the crack of dawn to beat the heat—temperatures were predicted to reach 100°F around noon—but the hotel’s breakfast service didn’t start until 7 am. And breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At 7:45am, I checked… Read More »Day 113: Mile 2148.2 (Cascade Locks, OR/Bridge of the Gods) to 2168.3

Day 112: Mile 2131.6 (Wahtum Lake Campground) to 2148.2 (Cascade Locks, OR/Bridge of the Gods)

I woke up in the Wahtum Lake Campground parking lot, surrounded by a cloud of mosquitoes that seemed to be having an impromptu gathering. I swatted a few for good measure, packed up my gear, and then made my way back down to the trail while pondering how through hiking has shaped my perspective. Less… Read More »Day 112: Mile 2131.6 (Wahtum Lake Campground) to 2148.2 (Cascade Locks, OR/Bridge of the Gods)

Day 109: Zero in Portland, OR

It has been a few weeks since my last zero, so I am thoroughly enjoying my short stay in Portland, OR. Moreover, it feels wonderful to be in a large, functioning city. The slow pace of remote trail towns can be frustrating at times. Visiting Portland feels like a welcome, if temporary, return to civilization.… Read More »Day 109: Zero in Portland, OR

Day 108: Mile 1997.1 (Big Lake Youth Camp/Santiam Wagon Road) to 2001.0 (Santiam Pass Trailhead)

This morning, I walked just four puny little miles to the PCT trailhead at Santiam Pass, the northernmost exit point before the Lionshead fire closure. Along the trail, I witnessed an incredible explosion of beargrass—a beautiful sight to behold. But the highlight of the day was reaching mile marker 2,000! This accomplishment feels a bit… Read More »Day 108: Mile 1997.1 (Big Lake Youth Camp/Santiam Wagon Road) to 2001.0 (Santiam Pass Trailhead)

Day 107: Mile 1979.7 (Matthieu Lake) to 1997.1 (Big Lake Youth Camp)

My night at Matthieu Lake was entirely uneventful. Surprisingly, I was all alone and didn’t get busted for camping illegally! (The campsite is officially off-limits to PCT thru-hikers.) I enjoyed a quick but peaceful breakfast, then collected water for the upcoming 15-mile dry stretch to Big Lake Youth Camp (BLYC), a summer camp just off… Read More »Day 107: Mile 1979.7 (Matthieu Lake) to 1997.1 (Big Lake Youth Camp)

Day 106: Mile 1952.6 (Elk Lake Resort) to 1979.7 (Matthieu Lake & Scott Pass)

Today, Oregon finally revealed all its glory. From dawn to dusk, incredible scenery unraveled before my eyes. The Three Sisters greeted me from virtually every angle. I marveled at the otherworldly beauty of the black and red lava fields. I took breaks at idyllic mountain streams. I gazed at vast meadows. I strolled through lush… Read More »Day 106: Mile 1952.6 (Elk Lake Resort) to 1979.7 (Matthieu Lake & Scott Pass)

Day 103: Mile 1878.2 (Windigo Pass) to 1906.6 (Shelter Cove)

I woke up slightly later than usual this morning, anticipating an easy day ahead. A horde of blood-thirsty creatures was already buzzing around, ready to attack the moment I stepped out of my vestibule. As usual, the mosquitoes retreated after hiker midnight yesterday, and resurfaced at the crack of dawn. Answering nature’s call in the… Read More »Day 103: Mile 1878.2 (Windigo Pass) to 1906.6 (Shelter Cove)

Day 99: Mile 1773.6 to 1799.3

I left my superb campsite at 6:30am, ready to tackle another big day in Oregon. The morning miles were incredibly easy, although quite boring. The trail ascended so gently over four miles that I wasn’t always sure if I was truly climbing. After that, it was mostly flat for the next few hours. The scenery… Read More »Day 99: Mile 1773.6 to 1799.3

Day 94: Mile 1641.5 to ~1661.0

I woke up this morning eager to leave the overgrown stretch of trail behind and determined to cover the 13 miles to Seiad Valley as quickly as possible. Thanks to the easy downhill terrain, I picked up a good pace. Soon the clouds dissipated, and the sun timidly appeared and then gradually persisted, which immediately… Read More »Day 94: Mile 1641.5 to ~1661.0

Day 90: Mile 1556.0 to 1581.3

I started hiking at 6:15am, eager to reach the first highlight of the day: a pit toilet situated at an official Forest Service campground near highway 3. I joyfully covered the easy four-mile downhill stretch to the side trail to Scott Mountain Campground and took a short detour through the campground. My thru-hike has given… Read More »Day 90: Mile 1556.0 to 1581.3