Pacific Crest Trail Washington Section

PCT: Hoping to get back to the trail

PCT: Hoping to get back to the trail

Noelle here: We're hoping to head back to California tomorrow. It's now been two weeks since the Washington border. My dad has three fresh stents in his heart's arteries. It was the best outcome we could have hoped for given the Parkinson's and the severity of plaque...

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PCT: What to do?

PCT: What to do?

When we began our trek in March, Noelle’s sisters were cleaning up hers dads house, holding an estate sale, and then moving him from Louisiana to an assisted living facility in Washington. It was a stressful way for Noelle to begin the trek. Today, as I write this...

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PCT Between the trail and reality

PCT Between the trail and reality

Noelle here: Its been over a week since Steve finished Washington. We drove down through Vancouver, WA to see family for a couple days, with the expectation that we'd visit then head to California for the rest of the trail. We had such a wonderful time. We relaxed,...

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PCT: Oh Canada!

PCT: Oh Canada!

Noelle here: Yesterday I drove into Canada. So freakin crazy that we're finally here. I know there are still miles owed to California, but for now we're here! I left Rainy Pass and made it to Manning Park in the early evening. The Northern Cascades looked just as...

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PCT: Day 172: End of the line

PCT: Day 172: End of the line

Miles today: 14.6Trail miles sum: 1970.8Trail location: 2653.1Elevation: 4247Spinning on the turntable: Yann Tiersen: EUSA Winter is arriving Looking at the weather forecast this morning and seeing snow isn’t so surprising. It’s been cold and damp the past few days...

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PCT: Last day in Washington

PCT: Last day in Washington

Noelle here: I guess technically it's the last full day in Washington, as Steve will have about ten miles left tomorrow to get to the monument and 8.5 to get to the van. There's been a ton of trail magic for the hikers in Washington but I think everyone is still ready...

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PCT: Day 171

PCT: Day 171

Miles today: 21.7Trail miles sum: 1956.2Trail location: 2638.5Elevation: 6193Spinning on the turntable: Neil Young: Songs for Judy It was raining when I woke up this morning, so I went back to sleep. After an hour the rain had slackened somewhat and I slowly began my...

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PCT: Day 170

PCT: Day 170

Miles today: 25.2Trail miles sum: 1934.5Trail location: 2616.8Elevation: 6558Spinning on the turntable: The Killers: Direct Hits It was nice to hike today without the constant rain. Tedium, yet again, in the continual up and down in the green tunnel. These berries...

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PCT: Day 169

PCT: Day 169

Miles today: 14.1Trail miles sum: 1909.3Trail location: 2591.6Elevation: 4848Spinning on the turntable: Today I was hiking back to Noelle and it was going to be a short hiking day so I took a few extra minutes this morning to cook my oatmeal. I'm completely sick of...

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PCT: Day 168

PCT: Day 168

Miles today: 28.1Trail miles sum: 1895Trail location: 2577.3Elevation: 2107Spinning on the turntable: It was another wet day of hiking. I try to repeat a mantra to myself of the things I’m grateful for as I hike. I am grateful that the rain isn’t pouring down. I am...

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PCT Friends

PCT Friends

Noelle here: Most afternoons I hike Southbound (SOBO) towards Steve. I get to see so many hikers walking my way. It’s great fun. I can immediately distinguish day hikers and weekend or short section hikers from Long Ass Section Hikers (LASH) and thru hikers. The day...

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PCT: Day 165: Hiking in the rain

PCT: Day 165: Hiking in the rain

Miles today: 24.4Trail miles sum: 1866.9Trail location: 2549.2Elevation: 4552Spinning on the turntable: The traveling Wilburys collection I started the day with the big climb with all the switchbacks that I mentioned yesterday. It wasn’t terrible. It was however, very...

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PCT Van Life

PCT Van Life

Noelle here: I'm at Stevens Pass. I got here on Monday. Was that Labor Day? I think so. The only people in the parking lot were hikers. It's really pretty and quiet here. Met a past thru hiker who was out trail angel-ing. She and her partner live in a van, so it was...

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PCT: Day 164: Temporary rain delay

PCT: Day 164: Temporary rain delay

Miles today: 0Trail miles sum: 1842.5Trail location: 2524.8Elevation: 3603Reading: George R. Stewart: Earth Abides Today has been very rainy. I awoke at 5AM, heard the rain pounding on the tent and resent the alarm for 7AM. At 7AM the rain was still coming down in...

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PCT: Day 163

PCT: Day 163

Miles today: 15.6Trail miles sum: 1842.5Trail location: 2524.8Elevation: 3603Spinning on the turntable: Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium I started the day with hiking through a multitude of water hazards. This is the trail! I'm trying to move from log to log, stone to...

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PCT: Day 162: Berry belly

PCT: Day 162: Berry belly

Miles today: 22Trail miles sum: 1826.9Trail location: 2509.2Elevation: 3939Spinning on the turntable: 2Cellos: In2uition I started the day out with a berry blow out at 6AM. I managed to make it about fifty yards from camp before the explosion occurred. Sorry fellow...

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PCT: Day 161

PCT: Day 161

Miles today: 22.7Trail miles sum: 1804.9Trail location: 2487.2Elevation: 4776Spinning on the turntable: 2Cellos: Score Noelle hiked out with me this morning and then returned to the van after ten miles. It’s wonderful when she hikes with me and terrible when she...

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PCT: Day 160

PCT: Day 160

Miles today: 28.4 Trail miles sum: 1782.2 Trail location: 2464.5 Elevation: 4075 Spinning on the turntable: Podcast: Freakonics Washington is certainly providing spectacular, panoramic, jaw dropping, in your face nature scenes. Washington is also making us pay for...

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PCT: Day 159

PCT: Day 159

Miles today: 22.6 Trail miles sum: 1756.7 Trail location: 2436 Elevation: 4694 Spinning on the turntable: Billy Joel: Live through the years The helicopters continued to move about the valley this morning in their search and rescue. I have no idea of any specifics. A...

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PCT: Day 158

PCT: Day 158

Miles today: 19.5 Trail miles sum: 1732.1 Trail location: 2413.4 Elevation: 3247 Spinning on the turntable: Sakis Rouvas: Parafora We started the day with a nice little six mile uphill slog. We hiked the Kendall cat walk together. VFat had strongly recommended this...

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PCT: Day 156

PCT: Day 156

Miles today: 18.5 Trail miles sum: 1711.6 Trail location: 2393.9 Elevation: 3028 Spinning on the turntable: Pitch Perfect It's humid this morning. The weather is debating between rain and not rain and can't seem to decide in which direction to land. I'd actually...

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PCT: Day 155

PCT: Day 155

Miles today: 27.9 Trail miles sum: 1693.1 Trail location: 2375.4 Elevation: 3664 Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concertos #20 & 21 When this tru-hike is over I'll miss the morning sunshine and solitude. I'm now picking the tiny wild strawberries. The...

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PCT Day Hike: Chinook Pass on Mt. Rainier

PCT Day Hike: Chinook Pass on Mt. Rainier

Noelle here: Of all the fire mountains which like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest. ...John Muir I'm in love with this mountain, ever since Steve and I backpacked the Wonderland Trail some 20+ years ago. She holds such happy...

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PCT: Day 154

PCT: Day 154

Miles today: 23.2 Trail miles sum: 1665.2 Trail location: 2347.5 Elevation: 4765 Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concertos #20 & 21 Epic view huh? I heard elk bellowing last night as I drifted to sleep. Someone saw a bear in this area so I'm keeping a...

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PCT: Day 153: Mt. Rainier

PCT: Day 153: Mt. Rainier

Miles today: 28.9 Trail miles sum: 1642 Trail location: 2324.4 Elevation: 5427 Spinning on the turntable: Mozart: Piano Concertos #20 & 21 A rather chilly start to my morning at 44 degrees Fahrenheit. No rain though, so I'm not complaining. This is the first frost...

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PCT: Day 151: Goat rocks

PCT: Day 151: Goat rocks

Miles today: 21.3 Trail miles sum: 1613.1 Trail location: 2295.4 Elevation: 4410 Spinning on the turntable: Today was all about clearing the Knife's Edge on Old Snowy Mountain. Today was the first time I was truly concerned about seriously hurting myself with a trip,...

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PCT: Day 150: Goat rocks

PCT: Day 150: Goat rocks

Miles today: 22.6 Trail miles sum: 1591.8 Trail location: 2274.1 Elevation: 5993 Spinning on the turntable: Trampled by turtles: Life is good on the open road Have I mentioned how much I enjoy looking at the mushrooms that I can't identify? So many colors! The...

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PCT: Day 149

PCT: Day 149

Miles today: 22.1 Trail miles sum: 1569.2 Trail location: 2251.5 Elevation: 4767 Spinning on the turntable: Trampled by turtles: Life is good on the open road The rain looks beautiful on the foliage, and soaks my shoes and socks. I'm now rotating my socks after about...

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PCT: Day 148

PCT: Day 148

Miles today: 6.5 Trail miles sum: 1547.1 Trail location: 2229.4 Elevation: 3894 Spinning on the turntable: Rain, rain go away... Storm warning on the weather forecast so I hustled 6.5 miles to a close pick up point and Noelle picked me up. Other hikers were doing the...

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PCT: Day 147

PCT: Day 147

Miles today: 25.6 Trail miles sum: 1541.6 Trail location: 2223 Elevation: 3508 Spinning on the turntable: James McMurty: Complicated Game It's great seeing the older PCT signs embedded in the trees as the trees have begun to encapsulate the metal. I'm looking for...

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PCT: Day 146

PCT: Day 146

Miles today: 31 Trail miles sum: 1516 Trail location: 2198.3 Elevation: 3500 Spinning on the turntable: Steve Perry: Sun Shines Grey Survey says....long uphill climb. The climb this morning was very humid. The weather forecast indicated it would be about 85% this...

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PCT: First week of Washington

PCT: First week of Washington

Noelle here: What a wonderful last week at home and a great couple days back on trail! We had such a good time visiting family. We ran out of time to see any friends, next time! This morning I realized we were parked near this grave on the Washington side of the...

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PCT: Day 145: Entering Washington

PCT: Day 145: Entering Washington

Miles today: 19.6 Trail miles sum: 1485 Trail location: 2167.3 Elevation: 1246 Spinning on the turntable: Foreigner: No end in sight: The very best I left the Bridge of the Gods this morning and started hiking the Washington section of the PCT. I hit the trail at 6AM...

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