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City: Sacramento
State: CA
Country: United States
Begins: May 5, 2010
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Aug 25th, 2010
Start: Cascade Locks (2155.0)
End: Sedum Ridge (2181.7)
Daily Distance: 26.7
Trip Distance: 2,233.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 891
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Trail sign soon after entering Washington


Brucer dropped me off at Cascade Locks by 7:30 AM. I crossed the Columbia River Gorge via walking on the Bridge of the Gods entering into Washington. From the bridge, the PCT immediately set the rollercoaster theme for the rest of the state. It climbed 3300 feet to a ridge, dropped 2000 to a creek, then climbed 1500 feet and dropped 1200 feet as it continued it's very roundabout and hilly route. There is an alternative more direct road walk that saves 20 miles of walking. For myself, I would much prefer to stay on the trail and in the forest while having some ridgeline views of Mt. Adams, St. Helens, Rainier, and Hood. This is the reason I'm hiking the trail.

Hiking in Washington is a completely novel experience for me. When I try to imagine what a Washington forest would look like I think of mossy old growth trees with damp, very green undergrowth including lots of ferns. In fact, this is exactly what I hiked through for most of the day. The elevation started near sea level, the lowest point on the PCT, and stayed below 3400 feet. There must be constant trail maintenance on this section to manage the fast growing shrubs and vines to keep them from overtaking the trail.

It was a hot sunny climb through the thick vegetation today, reaching temps in the low 90s. I somewhat appreciated the heat though because the weather forecast for the next 6 days is for the temps to dip with highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s and potential rain and thundershowers. A quick reminder I'm now in Washington.

I saw Cliffhanger and Milksheikh (from Brooklyn) on the trail today. They were flip-floppin' near Tahoe last I saw them.

I'm now cowboy camping on top of a forested ridge on an abandoned dirt road. Their is a sole bright star shining through the opening in the tall fir trees above my head.

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PCT Vision 20-10

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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