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Country: United States
Begins: May 3, 2015
Date: Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
End: Manning park
Daily Distance: 90
Trip Distance: 2,504.0
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After a great breakfast at a cafe, we went over to catch the ferry to stehekin. The ferry terminal was full of about 15 hikers, many of whom I hadn't seen for hundreds of miles. It was like a mini reunion and was a fun way to spend the morning. About halfway through the 4 hour ride another hiker got word that the closed section of the trail was going to reopen. Most people decided to continue through stehekin since it would be at least another full day to ride the ferry and hitch back the 100 miles or so. But one hiker (Hawaii) actually did head back to Stevens pass. We got to stehekin around noon and loved the small rustic community. We were planning on staying for a few hours and then taking the shuttle to the trail, but we liked it so much we decided to stay the night and take the morning shuttle. It's a really neat spot right on lake chelan with the north cascades looming on all sides. We caught a ride down to a little bakery and got some desserts, then walked back to the lodge stopping at a tiny farm for fruit and goat cheese on the way. After getting back to the lodge we hung out with other hikers until they headed back to the trail and then got a great dinner at the lodge. It ended up being such a fun day.
Last night was probably the single best nights sleep I've had since starting this trip. We had a really comfortable room and got to bed early. It's nice to get good sleep before the final stretch. We woke around 7 and after packing up caught the shuttle to the trailhead which also stopped briefly at the bakery for breakfast. We started hiking around 9 through forested hills and began a long steady climb that lasted all day. We saw only one other pct hiker, and i wonder if it will be a lonely trail the rest of the way. Most of the other hikers on our ferry left yesterday, and most hikers behind us will probably try to do the closed section. We shall see. We did have a great bear sighting today. We were coming up to a creek and on the other side was a big black bear (although it was totally brown) meandering along. It was totally unaware we were there, probably because the rushing water drowned out our noise. We watched as it slowly made its way along the bank and into the trees. Definitely the best bear sighting yet. After about 23 miles we stopped midway up a steep climb about 4 miles past Rainy pass. It's looks like it's going to be a very cold night, but hopefully a dry one.
We woke to a freezing morning and as we dragged ourselves out of bed and started packing a very light snow began to fall. But by the time we were ready to go it was snowing very heavily. It continued for several hours, so we hiked the first 8 or 9 miles today in snowy conditions. At points there were several inches and the trail was often slippery. Finally the snow stopped but it stayed cloudy and bitter cold. I doubt it got up to 45 all day. We got a good number of miles in and found a campground at harts pass where there are picnic tables and bathrooms. A few other hikers came by and we chatted with them. Everyone is ready to get off the trail and out of the cold and snow. As we sit now, we are 30 miles from the border and then there is another 9 miles to get to manning park where we'll catch a bus to Vancouver. After tonight well only have one more night on the trail. It's sad, but I'm also ready to be warm for a while.
May 4th to Sept 7th. I finally made it. I'm in Canada. I honestly can't believe it and doubted it would happen on more than one occasion, but I did it.
We woke up to another bitter cold morning and packed up with frozen fingers. It started to snow pretty heavily as we hiked out, but then lightened and never actually accumulated. Our original plan was to hike about 26 miles and head to Canada tomorrow, but after 10 miles or so we decided just to try to make it today which would be a 30.1 mile day. Amandas first 30 miler. We passed hikers hoots, cat lady and eli on the hike. It's fun, hoots was the first hiker amanda ever met when she came to chester, so finishing up with him is cool. It was an interesting last day and i spent a lot of the time reliving the adventures I'd had and the characters I'd met, wondering who if anyone I'd ever see again. Around 530 we hit the northern terminus monument which I've pictured in my head countless times. It was a cool moment and we took plenty of pictures. It's too bad kevin couldn't have made it here too.
Right after the terminus we found a nice spot by a stream and set up camp for the final time. It's a really nice place and a lot warmer than the last few nights. Tomorrow manning park. I still can't believe it.
We hiked in the 8 miles to manning park and we're in town by 10. After a quick meal we settled into our room and that's where we are now. I'll add another post after I've gotten home and had a little time to reflect. What an adventure it's been.
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