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Begins: Apr 25, 2013
Date: Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Start: mile 2558
Daily Distance: 23
Trip Distance: 2,303.5
Entry Visits: 726
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Started rustling just after 5 am in order to be on trail by 630 am. I started hiking with my headlamp and as I climbed towards Suiattle Pass. Rain turned to snow. I crunched through snow for several miles before dropping back into the rain.
I started early because I had to cover 23 miles by 3 pm in order to catch the national park shuttle into Stehekin. Unless you hike in, the only other ways into Stehekin are by boat or plane. No outside road access.
I slipped in the mud and slammed into the wet brush hard. I laid there stunned for a moment and then started shouting at myself to get up. The rain was coming down hard but I think that my garbage bag rain skirt saved my butt from getting really wet. Once back on my feet I pushed on as fast as I could. I hiked my heart out. 15 miles in 4+ hours.
It was such a relief to make the shuttle. The driver even stopped at the famous bakery before we arrived at the post office. I got my resupply box and then headed to the lodge and rented a room. It broke the bank to stay there but I just needed to have a bed and shower. I was about to cry but it turned out that the hot was the cold and the cold was the hot on the shower. I think that was the best shower of the whole trail. ANYTHING to be out of the weather.
Had dinner with a great crew. About 14 of us total plus others at more tables. Curry chicken, ranger ipa, plum something dessert a la mode. Yum. But barely scratched the surface of my hunger. Again ate very little due to hiking without stopping. Sent a couple emails, postcards, resupply food sort, and in bed by midnight.
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