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Bruce "Bookworm" Edwards
City: Takoma Park
State: Maryland
Begins: Apr 21, 2011
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Wed, Sep 21st, 2011
Start: North Fork Camp
End: Trail near Horse Heaven Camp
Daily Distance: 28.6
Trip Distance: 2,429.1
Hours Hiked: 12
Breaks: 3
People Met: 22

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Climbing toward Cutthroat Pass

Day 152 - Stunning North Cascades Walk

Today consisted of a long climb in the morning, followed by a high traverse through the heart of the North Cascades in the afternoon. Wired, Yankee and I started walking at 6:00 AM as usual. We climbed gradually through the woods for most of the morning, reaching the vicinity of Rainy Pass in time for lunch. Here we somehow got separated from Yankee, as Wired and I ended up waiting for him at the wrong trailhead. This caused us to spend well over an hour for lunch, which threatens to screw up our hiking plan for this section. Continuing on, we had another 5 miles of uphill to reach Cutthroat Pass, which represents the start of the coolest, most scenic part of this section. Happily we got reunited with Yankee here. We had stunning scenery all afternoon as we stayed high on the ridges through a particularly rocky and dramatic section of the North Cascades National Park. I really loved this section, even though I was pretty tired after spending something like 17 straight miles going uphill.

Continuing on, the trail stayed high in the mountains for several miles before finally dropping into a long valley. I found this final five miles of trail to be really tedious, partly because I was so tired, and partly because it was boring to walk through the woods alone with no landmarks after experiencing so much wonderful scenery. I eventually caught up with Wired and Yankee, but unfortunately we were unable to find the campsite we were aiming for. Yankee decided to push on, but Wired and I both felt totally ready to end the day's hike. Unfortunately this forced us to camp right in the middle of the trail just as darkness fell. I'm feeling very tired and frustrated today, although I felt somewhat better once I ate dinner. It's important to me to find ways to enjoy this hike, even on days we cover a lot of miles. I definitely didn't manage that today, at least for the last 5 miles.

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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: www.pcta.org

 

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