PCT: Day 146

PCT Washington

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.

Guthook Screenshot

Guthook Sep 3

The climb this morning was very humid. The weather forecast indicated it would be about 85% this morning.

PCT Washington

Misty morning

The cloud cover was low enough that I ended up hiking through the cloud and I trekked uphill. As long as I kept moving I was ok but when I stopped I would immediately start getting cold.

My shirt was seriously soaked with sweat. Like dripping wet. Knowing that I was in hypothermia “zone” I just kept moving.

Many of the PCT signs have been stripped of their PCT stickers and repurposed as hiker billboards. Some I find amusing and others I find annoying.

PCT sign post

PCT sign recycled

Soon enough the clouds started to disappear and I began to dry out. My shoes, socks and shorts are dry so it wasn’t a big deal.

I stopped for lunch at this bridge.

PCT Washington

A good stopping place

It was nice to relax next to the water for a few moments.

PCT Washington

Such beauty

A thru-hiker next to me was eating his lunch too. A jar of peanut butter with M&M’s sprinkled on top! I’m not quite there yet…

PCT Washington

Mt Adams

Hiking along the ridge allowed for multiple mountain sightings.

PCT Washington

Mt Hood

It’s hard not to love this kind of hiking. The “green tunnel” drives me crazy. Ridges are so much more interesting!

Trail Magic

Water cache

I spotted a black bear hanging out in the huckleberry bushes this afternoon. The bear saw me and took off running. I didn’t even have time to try to snap a picture. It was really big.

Trail Magic

Trail Magic

Two separate trail magic sites rounded out the day. A water refill at the first site and dinner and beer at the second site. I finally managed to eat a trail magic hot dog and it was so! good!


  1. Laurie Collins

    This is Laurie and Rick Collins. Looks like you made it to Stevens Pass. Want to meet!

  2. Anonymous

    HE — okay enough!! Lets get down to business!!

    Did you have a relaxing breakfast!

    Stop at I hope
    You enjoyed a good-healthy meal! Those nutrition bars may have lost their appeal by now!! How about a big hot biscuit that you have stashed away!! Daddy and I have had our coffee and have enjoyed watching your notes to us. Hope you are enjoying your “stroll”. Stay dry. Our love & prayers!! MOM & Dad.

    • mcgarveysan

      Hi Mom! Yes, food is the most important business on the trail. I eat my breakfast (cold soaked oatmeal) each morning in the tent. I eat several nutrition bars through out the day.

      Sadly, I don’t often have a big, hot biscuit for breakfast. (Sounds good though.)

      I’ll stay as dry as I can!



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