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Matt Edwards - Pacific Crest Trail Journal - 2009

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Matthew Edwards
City: Santa Clara
State: California
Country: United States
Begins: Apr 17, 2009
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 26th, 2009
Trip Distance: 20.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 952
Journal Visits: 68,601
Guestbook Views: 9,426
Guestbook Entrys: 116

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Waterfall Goat Rocks Washington

Mt. Adams, Goat Rocks Wilderness

Hello Everyone!
I have been enjoying the exploration of the Pacific Crest trail as it passes through Washington. Once again the scenery has changed at the border crossing. In California there was Desert,Mountains,forest.. a bit of everything. Oregon was dominated by lush forests and quiet lakes. Washington has even more deep woods and many a hill climb to boot! The first 100 miles were mostly forested walking, giving way to the volcanic slopes of Mt Adams with it's numerous glaciers and streams. The tread eventually brought me through the Goat rocks wilderness.
WOW! Goat rocks was a total surprise. Climbing out of the forest and onto a knife edge ridge of multicolored rocks. Despite the light rain and fog I still had many fantastic views along the glacier covered slopes and down many glaciated valleys. Water falls and wildflowers abound in this wilderness.
Washington is teaching me patience. It is hard work hiking along this trail up here. Often the trail takes and retakes the same 500 feet before climbing once again! But, the views are spectacular and when followed by a section of deep silent forest, made all the more intense. An added bonus is the prevalence of uncountable Huckleberries at trailside. I have been snacking as I hike. Though they are small their flavor is potent. You can taste the "tang" of vitamin C and just know they must be good for you. Indeed though I have not physically seen any bears since the Sierra in California, their scat up here is composed entirely of huckleberries! Who can blame them!
I am having trouble slowing my pace down. I rise with the first light of dawn and hike all day, sometimes even after sunset has faded to darkness. This long distance hiking is addictive! The daily travel and motion of the trail beneath my feet as well as the scenery unfolding like the plot of a great novel around me are intoxicating. I actually forced myself to stop here at White pass and take a zero down in the town of Packwood Washington today just to let my body catch up to the will of my brain! My feet are complaining though physically there is nothing wrong with them.. they are just a bit tired!
Fornm where I left the trail I am at mile 2302. That means there is only 360 miles of trail left! I will reach Canada around the 15th of September.. IF I manage to slow myself down that is!
There is just so much to see, so much that is new. The forests up here are immense and lush. Very unlike anything I have seen in California. The presence of these huge StratoVolcanos like; Adams, Ranier, and St. Helens, in the skyline is amazing. The power it must have taken to raise the earths crust 12 thousand feet into the sky and cover the ground for hundreds of miles around with rocky debris is impossible to comprehend. This landscape is both subtle and sublime, but contains an undelying "rumble" of power, just below the surface.
It is fascinating.
Well, I am enjoying this layover day here in Packwood. This might be the last good computer I come across for some time, perhaps till the finish. I only have a few more minutes here so I shall spend them uploading photos. I hope to be able to send email via my email device, signal permitting.
Thanks to everyone who sent guestbook entries. Your support is awesome!
I have said it before and I'll say it again..
We are SO lucky to have this trail!
I am truly grateful to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
Thankyou Mom and Dad for all your support. I could not have done it without you!
Cheers- Iceaxe
Hey!, I have to say; Happy 70th Birthday uncle Pete! (A little bird told me!)

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Matt's Pacific Crest Journey

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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