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PCT Washington / 29.07.2018

At mile 2279.5. Hiked 30.1 miles today. Total 5830-foot ascent today. Steeper grades and rocky trail surfaces in portions of Goat Rock near Knife’s Edge. Two significant snow crossings on steep slopes.  We noticed patterns in the trail that indicated it rained in some areas the previous night, but I have yet to have it rain on my tent. Here is some Larkspur. Here are photos of the Goat Rocks area. A cairn. Meadow I liked this unusual pile of rocks. With only trekking poles, we took care while crossing this snow slope. A single...

PCT Thru Hike, PCT Washington / 27.07.2018

At mile 2228.9. Hiked 15.4 miles today. Here is Mosquito Creek. In my opinion  there are many lakes and creeks and campsites that should be named after this swarming blood thirsty pest. Here is one of the few open spots along today’s trail. The next section will be much different having  great views. Here is a view of Mt Baker from the outskirts of Trout Lake. It was easy hitching into town. My ride, Bill even drove me past all the main stops in town and explained where everything was located....

PCT Thru Hike, PCT Washington / 27.07.2018

Day 95 At mile 2213.5. Hiked 25 miles today. Today I began seeing a lot of SOBO’s on the trail including a group of about a dozen calling themselves the train. Here is Mt Hood with the outlines of Columbia River gorge visible. View of Mt St Helens. Trees blocked most of the views. View of Mt Adams. This is Blue Lake where Toothbrush and I saw horses. These people were out for several nights. Previously I had only seen riders that were out for the day. I wanted to swim in Blue Lake, but...

PCT Thru Hike, PCT Washington / 27.07.2018

At mile 2188.5. Hiked 22.4 miles today. My leg felt better, but as a precaution I decided n’ont to push it too hard and to take more breaks. It was also very hot again in the middle of the day so I took a 3 plus hour break at lunch at Wind River with 2 river swims. When the sun dipped behind the trees I began a long climb until I reached a camping spot  sometime between 8 and 9 pm. There has been a variety of ferns. I liked...