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Miss Potatohead
City: Portland
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Apr 29, 2008
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Thu, Sep 18th, 2008
Start: Rainy Pass
End: Glacier Pass
Trip Distance: 1,644.7

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peaks opposite Rainy Pass

Pizza = genius!

This morning, I started off at 7 am, leaving Good Times to follow at 9 (this is part of our strategy to allow us both to hike at our own pace but still get to see each other throughout the day). Out of Rainy Pass, the trail kept climbing, heading up into a creek valley, then switchbacking above the headwaters to reach Cutthroat Pass, high on the eastern ridge. Since it was chilly out and I was climbing on the shaded side of the valley where the sun hadn't risen yet, I only paused a few times to look back; there were amazing views south into the Glacier Peak Wilderness. From Cutthroat Pass, the trail dropped around to another pass, then circled high around the side of a valley to reach Methow Pass. I got to the pass at noon, and took a quick snack break there to enjoy the view north of the river valley that the trail quickly dropped into. Good Times caught up to me at 12:30, and we continued on until 1 pm, when we reached a campsite at Golden Creek, perfect for a lunch spot. Good Times had packed out pizza in - get this - a pizza box. Since the box doesn't fit in his pack, he has it strapped to the outside. What a genius idea. I could have packed out pizza from half the towns I stopped in.

After our lunch, we hiked together for two hours through a forested ridge above a creek valley to Bush Creek. On the way there, we ran into a thru-hiker who had flip-flopped and was now southbounding. The third-best source of trail news is a southbounder, since they've run into all the people ahead of us. The best source of trail news is Squatch, since he goes all over the place and gets it all on video. However, the second-best source of trail news is a southbounder who has flip-flopped since he not only had news of people ahead of us, but also of people behind us. We stopped and talked to him for about 20 minutes, then continued on to Bush Creek, where we had our afternoon break.

From the creek, the trail started to climb to the next high point- a ridgetop described as a "high alpine garden" in the databook, some 7 miles away. Since it was already 5 pm, we knew we wouldn't make it to the top, but along the way, there was a pass- Glacier Pass- and since passes mean a slightly flat spot, I figured it would be best to try to make it there before camping. In spite of beginning to feel exhausted again as the restoring value of our stop in Stehekin wore off, we made it up to the pass, and sure enough, there was a great campsite there.

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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. The PCT traverses 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas and 7 national parks. The PCT passes through 6 out of 7 of North Americas ecozones. Learn more:


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