Day 174

Day 174: September 23rd Mile 2653.8 to Manning Park, BC This morning I walked the final six miles to the northern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail at the Canadian border where I found Deb waiting for me. She had camped at the trail camp about 2/10 mile into Canada. We celebrated briefly (along with […]

Day 173

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Tbe Northern Cascades along the Pacific Crest Trail.

 

Mile 2635.9 to Mile 2653.8

Today was my last full day of hiking and I ended up camping just six miles south of the Canadian border.

I encountered a surprising number of hikers returning to Harts Pass (nearly 20) walking southbound back to Harts Pass after reaching the northern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail. Hikers sometimes choose not to go into Canada for various reasons, but instead just touch the border and go back south for 30 miles and exit at the first road.

Everyone was in a happy mood as most hikers were hiking fairly easy low mileage days through beautiful country with lovely fall colors. Everyone was congratulating each other as they had just completed the PCT or were about to the next day.

Mileage: 17.9

Day 172

Day 172: September 21st Mile 2617.6 to Mile 2635.9 Very pretty hiking today. I arrived at Harts Pass around lunch time, where the staff at the Guard Station was very hiker-friendly. They had ice water for hikers and offered use of the staff trash cans. I ended up camping with a large group of about […]

Day 171

Day 171: September 20th Mile 2599.6 (Rainy Pass) to Mile 2617.6 We spent last night in Mazama at Ravensong’s Roost. Deb drove me back to Rainy Pass after breakfast at the Mazama store. The store makes a good breakfast and was packed with a mix of old timers and rock climbers. The hike was very […]

Day 165-170

Day 165-170: September 14-19th Mile 2476 (Stevens Pass) to Mile 2599.6 (Rainy Pass) Tortuga’s wife drove me back to Stevens Pass along with hikers Tortuga, Princess, Mr. Sandals, Firecracker, and Tidy Camper and we were off to hike the Glacier Peak section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Another hiker described this as the final exam […]