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Recent Forum Posts

Re: WA - Mosquitos In August?
stillroaming - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Mid to late August I wouldn't be concerned. Take either trail! Mid July will have plenty. Regardless, have protective clothing ...

Re: WA - Mosquitos In August?
islandgirl - Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Hi all. This is my first post... new to the site. My friend and I are planning to do our first section of the PCT from Willame...

More Permits Due To Wild This Year?
bback1 - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
The popularity of the trail is certainly increasing. With the sudden increase in permits it seems as though the trail is going t...

Free IOS App "eTrails" Updated
enyapjr - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
The " 1.4 is now available. (the following from a posting on another PCT forum site) David Money Harris is delighted to re...

Re: PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program For 201
enyapjr - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
It was a late posting (March 8th) this year, but i received 1.5 times as many requests as we have canisters in only two weeks......

Re: PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program For 201
LaGrangePoints5 - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
I'm kind of curious. As an early indicator of population later on the trail, how does March 22 compare to other years as the da...

PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program For 2015 No
enyapjr - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
" Sorry, but the PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program for 2015 is "CLOSED" as of March 22nd... Have received...

PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program 2015 - Now
enyapjr - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
Sorry, but the PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program for 2015 is "CLOSED" as of March 22nd... Have received far mor...

Re: PCT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
stillroaming - Sat, Mar 21, 2015
How far in advance can/should resupply packages be mailed. I live in upstate New York? Places like Kennedy Meadows, Vermilio...

New Pct Hiker For 2016
IHOR - Sat, Mar 21, 2015
Hey guys, I'm a fairly experienced hiker in bc looking very intently on a thru hike for 2016. A list of hikes ive done are wet...

Re: PCT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Sealord3 - Sat, Mar 21, 2015
How far in advance can/should resupply packages be mailed. I live in upstate New York? Thanks in advance....

Re: Class Of 2015
Gilles - Thu, Mar 19, 2015
Hi, Planning a Sobo hike from enf June/early July. Is any Sobo hiker present her looking for a travel companion?...

Recent Journal Entrys

Day Eight
PCT - Eldon - Today
Very disappointed , came down with shin splints and had to leave the trail . I trained very hard for this trip , hiking two and ...
A Word (or Two) On My Communication And Navigati
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PCT - midair - Yesterday
Plan on carrying my Android. I know that there are long stretches where actual cell reception may be zero. I do have Backcountry...
Resupply And Last Minute Shopping
PCT - marcs34 - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
One of the most confusing parts of preparing for the hike has been working out my resupply plan. There are three ways people go ...
Gear And Food
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PCT - Russell - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
If your into hiking, then you know that gear has been constantly evolving. In the 50 years I have been hiking there have been am...
It's So Cold In The Deep
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AT - BigBro+LilSis - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
The eyes are dropping here at Erwin, NC's famous Uncle Johnny's hostel... But, a new installment here is due! It's been a brutal...
Getting Close!
PCT - Zog - Sun, Mar 29, 2015
Today I leave on the family road trip that ends with me being dropped at the border and beginning my northbound stroll. After mu...
Town Again!
AT - chaseat99 - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
Wow was i surprised to see snow again. So surprised in fact that there was light fluffy snow all over the arm of my down jacket ...
Red Hills
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PCT - bobk - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
Today it was back to the Red Hills (Area of Critical Environmental Concern) for a hike. The area has serpentine soil with a high...
Zero In Idyllwild
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PCT - Flatlatch - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
Spent a wonderful zero day in idyllic Idyllwild....what a great little mountain town surrounded by pine trees and so not like th...
Hello PCT World!
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PCT - Kristin Schoonveld - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
I start from Campo two weeks from today. This is my first thru hike (not counting my SOBO of the JMT in September 2008) and it's...
Pre-Trip Entry
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PCT - Enduro1525 - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
Pre-trip planning has now evloved to the point where I need to start stuffing resupply boxes and get them to my friends Jeff & K...
Pre-Hike 8 Gear - Choice And Consequence (Part
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PCT - MonarchandWow - Fri, Mar 27, 2015
Pre-Hike 8 Gear - Choice and Consequence (Part 1)It soon becomes evident when researching gear for the PCT that there is a huge ...

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Waterfall on a Creek Feeding Snow Lake

Peanut Eater - PCT - Sep 8, 2009 - Day 123
As I mentioned yesterday, there was a fire closure of the PCT north of Snoqualmie Pass, yet the rains of the last three days hadn't reopened the trail. There were a number of alternatives but the detour that I and all the other hikers were taking was one that another hiker had posted on the 2009 PCT Yahoo Groups page. There were detailed instructions and water reports throughout the 26 mile detour. It didn't require any paved road walking and the associated dodging of fast moving vehicles. It was also described as very scenic but the best part of all was that it was 12 miles shorter than the closed PCT section.

I was up early and immediately checked out the weather. It wasn't raining and I could see some stars so I knew it was a clear sky at last. I got to the Pancake House adjacent to the hotel at 6:30 am just as they opened. I had a nice cooked breakfast of Eggs Benedict along with four cups of coffee. And then I was off again after my zero day. I went down to the I-90 junction, walked under the freeway, ignored the PCT trail and headed up towards Alpental Village. I went past the ski lifts for Alpental ski area which is actually part of Snoqualmie Pass although it's on the opposite side of the freeway.  I didn't have enough time to switch over to Alpental when I was here in February but I've heard it's a very challenging area and it looked the part from what I could see.

Just past the ski area was the Snow Lake trailhead. There was a good map there and I took a picture of it so I could have a backup to the written directions. It actually looked pretty good on my small screen and zooming in I could see all the map details.

The trail climbed quite steeply for the first three miles but I had great views down the canyon back towards Alpental and Snoqualmie Pass. It was a well constructed and maintained trail and progress was steady. Then came the penalty phase of the detour - a 2700 ft descent on one of the toughest trails I can recall. It was heavily overgrown, full of obstacles and very wet and slippery. Progress was very slow and it was tough going especially knowing I was giving up so much altitude. I also was being ultra careful as it was a trail that was rich in accident opportunities.

Eventually I made it to the bottom and then the trail followed the Middle Fork River. It was fairly flat but had a lot of blown down trees to get over and around. At the end were hot springs and a welcome sign for PCT hikers. I believe this was another clothes optional hot spring so I avoided it. Then there was a long and gradual climb along an old and abandoned forestry road that also paralleled the Middle Fork River. At the end of the road was the trailhead for the Dutch Miller Gap trail that was a consistent and long climb over a pass.

Once over the top I went down to Lake Ivanhoe. That was another very difficult and treacherous trail and I did a bottom slide when my feet slipped from under me going down a muddy slope. Fortunately no harm done, just a lot of mud on the bottom of the pack. Then, at the end of the lake was some good campsites and that's where I settled for the night. Not quite the route I had planned for today but it was a good alternative to the forestry service suggestions.

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