Day 163-164

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.

Mileage: 12.2

Day 162

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.

Mileage: 19.7

Day 161

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.

Mileage: 25.5

Day 160

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.

Mileage: 16.6

Day 159

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.

Mileage: 10

Day 158

Day 158: September 7th

Mile 2368 to Mile 2392 (Twilight Lake)

Wow, the trail angels were out in force on the Pacific Crest Trail this weekend. Trail magic four times in three days.

Photo: Twilight Lake

Mileage: 24

Day 157

Day 157: September 6th

Mile 2345.5 to Mile 2368

It’s starting to feel a bit like autumn on the Pacific Crest Trail. The days are cooler and the nights too. But it had not yet turned really cold. Some of the bushes and other foliage are turning colors.

Mileage: 22.5