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Day 163-164: September 12-13th
Mile 2463.8 to Mile 2476 (Stevens Pass)
Just a short hike on the Pacific Crest Trail today to Stevens Pass where I met Deb. I will zero in Skykomish tomorrow, resupply, and then I will continue the final 193 miles to Manning Park, British Columbia on Sunday. If the weather remains good this should take about 10 more days.
Skykomish is a cute historic railroad town. We are staying at the Cascadia Inn which is hiker friendly and has a good restaurant.
Day 162: September 11th
Mile 2444.1 to Mile 2463.8
I was surprised to find frost covered ground this morning when I woke up. It made a crunching sound with each step for several miles as I walked the Pacific Crest Trail.
Today was another day of big climbs, almost 6,000 feet. I decided to stop hiking and set up camp early. A little tired from the climbing and yesterday’s 25 mile day.
Day 161: September 10th
Mile 2418.6 to Mile 2444.1
Funny how Pacific Crest Trail hikers can get spread out. In two days of hiking I have only seen two northbound section hikers. Starting to feel a little lonely out here. I met a southbound section hiker this afternoon and he tells me that I’m the 40th thru-hiker he had seen in two days of hiking. I guess everyone is ahead of me. Probably because I got a late start leaving Snoqualmie Pass.
Day 160: September 9th
Mile 2402 (Snoqualmie Pass) to Mile 2418.6
The Summit Inn was full of hikers, probably 25 or 30 staying at the Inn and a bunch more just having meals at the Pancake House next door. Not sure where they all came from, but there are a lot of hikers on this section of the Pacific Crest Trail.
It rained last night (as forecast) and was foggy and misty in the morning so I relaxed in the motel a few hours waiting for the weather to clear before I started hiking around 10.
It’s a big climb out of Snoqualmie Pass, about 6,000 feet according to the Halfmile App for today. A lot of today’s hiking was in the fog and clouds but at least it was not raining.
Day 159: September 8th
Mile 2392 (Twilight Lake) to Mile 2402 (Snoqualmie Pass)
Today was a short day of hiking to a nero at the Summit Inn at Snoqualmie Pass. The Pass is a very small ski resort next to Interstate Highway 90. Not too much here, but it’s been a relaxing half day off with several meals at the Pancake House next door.
I have now passed to 2,400 mile mark and only have about 260 miles remaining to reach Canada.