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Date: Wed, Sep 2nd, 2009
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Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
The trail has ascended from the trees to reveal rugged peaks, near alpine lakes, clear streams, and thick forest.
After a small detour around a forest fire, I have arrived in Skykomish Washington.
This last section of trail has shown me that Washington has some Kick*** trail. I have a name for the trail here. Everywhere else when a trail follows mountainside at the same altitude we call it contouring. Up here the trail goes up or down.. Steeply. I call it a "Washington" contour!
This never fails to get a laugh from fellow thrus!
It is true.. Washington is rugged. There are no continuous ridgelines for the trail to follow. Therefore, when we reach the top of a mountain or ridge, we descend only to climb the next steep ridge.. And repeat over again.
The next section, through Glacier Peak wilderness is said to be even more rugged!
I am fortunate to be able to take the original PCT this year! You see, for some years there was a detour in place due to the trail having been destroyed by storms. This year the way is relatively "clear" due to the efforts of many dedicated volunteers as well as the forest service.
These last miles of my thru-hike will be epic!
The weather is supposed to possibly turn a bit wet but I can't complain. I have been really fortunate this whole year. In the desert it was cool. The Sierra.. Well it's always wierd there, and up here in the Cascades it has been unseasonably dry and warm as yet. If it rains from now till I finish.. I say "Bring it!"
Hey, back to the last section. Two nights back I took the fire detour past the crystal clear waters of Waptus lake. Later the detour descended mineral creek along a deep,brushy and twisted canyon. This is all country I never would have seen except for the fire.
Anyhow, I am excited to tackle this last, most rugged section of Washington. Glacier Peak Wilderness awaits.
Sent from the Trail on my Peek
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: www.pcta.org