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August 2022

Day 135: Mile 2647.2 (Hopkins Lake) to SoBo mile 14.7 through 2653.6 (Canadian border)

I woke up this morning feeling both elated and a bit overwhelmed at the thought of finally reaching the elusive northern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail. After hiking for 134 days, success awaited a mere two hours away. Given the ongoing border closure, my only option was to turn around at the terminus, then… Read More »Day 135: Mile 2647.2 (Hopkins Lake) to SoBo mile 14.7 through 2653.6 (Canadian border)

Day 132: Mile 2577.8 (Bridge Creek Campground) to 2606.9 (Golden Creek)

I woke up this morning energized and ready for an all-uphill stretch. After a quick breakfast, I left Bridge Creek Campground, my last stop in North Cascades National Park. The trail immediately started climbing, but the ascent felt easy and comfortable, thanks to the pleasant temperatures and smooth, well-graded path. Two miles north of my… Read More »Day 132: Mile 2577.8 (Bridge Creek Campground) to 2606.9 (Golden Creek)

Day 122: Mile 2348.0 (Government Meadows/Mike Urich cabin) to 2377.8

In light of my experience hiking this section last year, I had low expectations for today’s stretch. The PCT cuts through a burn zone, crosses numerous logging roads, and traverses several large clearings with power lines. Surprisingly, water is scarce for Washington, and the trail ascends and descends without apparent reason. To top it off,… Read More »Day 122: Mile 2348.0 (Government Meadows/Mike Urich cabin) to 2377.8

Day 121: Mile 2321.6 (Dewey Lake) to 2348.0 (Government Meadows/Mike Urich cabin)

I left my personal lake at dawn, and enjoyed the three easy and beautiful miles to Chinook Pass. At Chinook Pass (elevation 5,432 feet), the Pacific Crest Trail crosses the Mather Memorial Parkway (SR 410) on a historic 90-foot long stone and log footbridge, dubbed the Chinook Entrance Arch. It was built in 1936 by… Read More »Day 121: Mile 2321.6 (Dewey Lake) to 2348.0 (Government Meadows/Mike Urich cabin)