Journey to the End Sept. 24 – 26

Mini monument at Rainy Pass. Created in 2018(I think) when fires forced the closure of the PCT to the northern terminus.
The last few days were definitely cooler but for the most part we lucked out on rain and snow.
53 miles to go!
Fall colors are starting to show as we move out of the rain forests.
I was stung for the third time yesterday and this time there was some significant swelling.

The larch’s showing off their fall colors.
Hikers coming out of the woodwork at Hearts Pass. After Stehekin, it seemed like the hikers on the trail doubled.
It wouldn’t be a proper goodbye if Washington didn’t give us one last rain and cloud walk.
Fortunately, it cleared up around noon.
First glimpse of the border.
That’s a wrap!
Manning Park, CA.
These feet are officially off trail and ready for a good long rest.

One Last Stop Sept. 20 – 23

It might not have been this day but we did spend over a day in a cloud. Not the most fun and it really makes you wonder what views were missed.
Come on sun! You can do it!
Finally got up above the clouds to enjoy this amazing sight.
Up in the clouds is the remnants of one of the glaciers in Glacier Peak Wilderness.
Another selfie.
Some of the old stumps look like mini forests.
Back into the clouds.
Packing up/drying out before the last town stop.
Bussing into Stehekin. The bakery there was amazing!
Oh boy… No time to slow down now. This is the weather report for hearts pass, the last potential exit point before Canada. Winter is coming.
Not a great shot but there is a windsurfer out there enjoying the incoming cold front.

To Stevens Pass Sept. 15 – 19th

We took refuge from the rain at the Washington Alpine Club. One of the members treated us to some cello music while we puzzled and drank hot tea.
Dry and happy on my way out of Snoqualmie.
So green and grey…
… And I must admit it has been well worth dealing with the cold and wet for these views.
Looking for that pot of gold.
Washington has also had some beautiful and clear lake water including this impressively still lake.
Still a few more river crossings to go.
Lining up for food at the Mountaineers House in Stevens Pass. They had a very impressive drying room for all of our wet gear.
Spam and Season Pass walking down that green tunnel.

Magical days on the way to Snoqualmie Sept. 11-14

The end is getting so close.
Some of the best parts of Washington have been what grows out of the stumps of old trees.
The clouds have also been fantastic.
Mt. Rainier and some more remarkable clouds.
We’ve been spotting Rainier for days and are now finally in the National Park. Not pictured here is haunting yet beautiful bugling of the elk.
Taking a quick look back at where we’ve been.
One of the last looks at Rainier as we continue the march north.
Taking refuge from the rain at the Mike Urich cabin. At dusk, we caught a herd of elk passing through the meadow.
I’ll never look at Friday the 13th same. Trail magic one…
Two…
And three!
Made it to I90 and Snoqualmie Pass. Depending on how you do the math, I’m also 90% of the way there.

Goat Rocks Wilderness to White Pass Sept. 9-10

Cold, wet and happy as I head into Goat Rocks.
The clouds were attempting to break and give us some views.
We decided to camp early in the hopes that the sky would be clearer the next day. I had to get up in the middle of the night and was treated to this view.
Another cold morning but the clouds did clear a bit as we passed through Goat Rocks.
A beautiful cloud sandwich.
Season Pass coming up the trail.
The rain continued to taunt us as we made our way to White Pass. Unfortunately, we were not fast enough and got soaked in the last mile.
Drying things out because…
…everything is wet.

Washington boarder to Trout Lake Sept. 6-8

Beautiful Washington forest. Really loving the forest.
Fighting over the last brownie from my cousin Elizabeth.
Drying a few things out during lunch.
Troublesome looking clouds in Trout Lake.
So glad to be in town and under a roof for this storm. Lots of rain, lighting and nickle sized hail.
A huckelberry breakfast at the Trout Lake Cafe.
Memorial for Colors who died on trail about two weeks before our arrival.
Hawk soaring over Mt. Adams.

To the end of OR Aug 31 – 5th

Mt. Jefferson hanging out behind Olallie Lake which has a no motorboat policy like the BWCA.
Yup. Still on it.
Mini Crater Lake – so clear and blue!
Stay frosty, Big Foot danger is high.
Timberline Lodge and Mt. Hood. It may look familiar if you’ve seen The Shining.
The mighty Columbia River and Washington. Look out here I come!
Hiker Hangout at Thunder Island Brewery. Celebrating the end of Oregon.
I made it….to Cascade Locks!
Bridge of the Gods.
Washington!

(As of posting this I’m now in Trout Lake mile 2229)

Bend OR and beyond Aug 28th – 30th

Sunset on the Deschutes River after saying a tentative goodbye to the tramily.
Sooo many good breweries so little time. Silver Moon was one of my favorites.
Breakfast at the Breakfast Club.
One does not simply walk through Mordor.
Majestic Mt. Washington.
Big Lake Youth Camp was super generous to the hiker community and I even met another fellow Minnesotan.
2000!
Sunrise over the ridge.

August 26-27th

Lama on the loose!
This hair is getting out of control.
South Sister.
North Sister (trying to point at it), Middle brother, and Middle Sister. I couldn’t get the whole family in one shot.
Presidential Range is now in sight.
Dee Wright Observatory – a CCC project.
View of a couple of the Sisters from the Observatory.
How many hikers can you fit in a Mini Cooper.

Mile 1935 August 23 – 25

Once again, it is all downhill from here.
Life is beautiful.
Saw my first bear of the trip and this is the only evidence I have.
Hoodlum on the rails.
I haven’t seen them in three days but the tramily reunites at Shelter Cove.
Quite the collection of gnomes in front of one of the RV’s at Shelter Cove.
Be nice…
Oregon seems to have a lot of lakes that Minnesotans would call ponds. This one excluded.
Dinner time.