PCT Thruhike: Section 2

Please enjoy the combination of video, mini blog, and photo gallery of our second week on the Pacific Crest Trail!

This week’s video features some drama over Goat Rocks and stunning scenery!

Click here for a link to the Section 2 Gallery!


Tuesday, June 25:

  • Day: 7
  • Miles Hiked Today: 10.2
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 83
  • Update: After a night in town,  we were prepared to sleep in but we are programmed to rise with the sun,  so we got up and readied our gear for departure! With all the goodies the kids sent us, we had to make tough choices on what to pack because it was way too much food! Have no fear though; the extra sustenance did not go to waste as we gave it to our new friend for life, Magic Pack. After a breakfast with said new friend,  we arranged a ride back to the trail to hike about 10 miles of our second section. We are currently camped out under Mt. Adam’s and today’s ridge hiking was super scenic!

Wednesday, June 26:

  • Day: 8
  • Miles Hiked Today: 14.6
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 97.6
  • Update: Today we had crazy weather! From sun to sleet to rain to thunder, we seemed to get the gamut! However,  none of it lasted long enough to be worrisome and we got into camp and set up without getting wet, so BONUS! The views were still scenic today and the terrain mild though with a bit more snow traverses and water crossings than we’ve had, so good practice! We saw nary a soul on this remote stretch of land…

Thursday, June 27:

  • Day: 9
  • Miles Hiked Today: 10.9
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 108.5
  • Update: We hit 100 miles today! Small milestone, but we’ll take it :). We did a super short day today to best set us up for various options through the next few tough days. We’re just 12 miles from the famous Goat Rocks, one of the places many call their favorite site on the entire PCT. However, we’re of the first to pass over this dangerous and possibly still snow covered “knife’s edge” and are carefully planning our options in case we don’t feel it’s safe to cross.  We know of three people who have made it, but heard third and forth hand that they were very scared. Several people in Trout Lake chose to skip ahead. Fear mongering, though, is a serious thing people do out here so we want to go as far as we safely can before calling it quits. We were also told the Indian Heaven Wilderness was knee high water for miles…and it wasn’t! So tomorrow, we will hike just 9-10 miles to be just within reach of the summit the next day so we can go slowly and safely over the top!

Friday, June 28:

  • Day: 10
  • Miles Hiked Today: 15.3
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 123.8
  • Update: Today was GLORIOUS! We are so glad we didn’t even consider the fear mongering because those who skipped ahead missed out on some seriously spectacular hiking… possibly the most beautiful we’ve ever seen.  There were some scary moments and it was hard but we persevered. We only planned to hike 9-10 miles but the weather was in our favor and the other “scary” stuff never materialized, so we hiked through the entire Goat Rocks/Old Snowy. So, we’re a day ahead of schedule and will be in town (White Pass) tomorrow!

Saturday, June 29:

  • Day: 11
  • Miles Hiked Today: 15
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 138.8
  • Update: Today,  we were sore but motivated to reach town today for much needed showers and warm beds after a night of sleeping on snow! Upon arrival in White Pass, we were offered a ride to Packwood, a small town that offers hikers discounted rates on hotel rooms and had a brewery! The 15 miles in weren’t easy,  but worth it to relax in a bit of modern humanity for a while…


  1. Hi guys! Great to meet you today! Love your blog. Hope to see you on trail SoBo in Oregon. Duncan (Spreadsheet) and Karen (Cross Stitch)

    1. Melissa

      Thanks!! So good to meet y’all too and THRILLED you accepted Spreadsheet as your trail name 🙂 :). The coolest!

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