PCT Thruhike: Section 6

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

Our videos feature quick and dirty views of each trail section as well as A+ and F moments and conclude with Lessons Learned. We hope you enjoy!

This week we rejoin Teachers on the Trail for another fun collab!

Click here for a link to the Section 6 Gallery!

Mini-Blog:

Friday, July 19:

  • Day: 32
  • Miles Hiked Today: 11.9
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 436.7
  • Update:  After an amazing zero day (no hiking) yesterday in Stehekin, we delayed our departure as late as possible to still get 12 miles in this afternoon.  I’ve been worried about a zero day taking away our momentum, but it was just what my internal foot doctor ordered! Increased miles has increased the strain on our bodies,  so hopefully the R&R helps. The hike today was fairly unremarkable – a well graded brush free section with moderate climb. Tomorrow will be our hardest on this section with a 12 mile climb and 23 miles to walk.  We are continuing to hike with Agate and Helium!

Saturday, July 20:

  • Day: 33
  • Miles Hiked Today: 22.8
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 459.5
  • Update: We are soooooo close to the border; we can feel it. The SOBOs have slowed down.  Anyone starting now would have to hoof it big time to get through the Sierras before the snow comes. We did see a guy (not a thruhiker) hiking in just a Speedo bathing suit today… so that was interesting. We had more brilliant views today (Speedo guy aside) above treeline. The climb wasn’t very difficult and the trail very well graded…just mountains everywhere.  We also met back up with our Israeli friend, Ofer sans his son, who hitched to Seattle from a road we crossed today to wait for his dad. His feet hurt. So, Ofer will travel with us for the next couple of days as well. 

Sunday, July 21:

  • Day: 34
  • Miles Hiked Today: 21.2
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 481.1
  • Update: No rain again today…I think we’ve finally reached the dry trail we expected. The views continued to be lovely and we passed Harts Pass, the mythical traditional starting point for SOBOs, who leave from here to touch the border and begin their hike southward.  The day would have been perfect except for some negative campsite neighbors. Without rehashing it too much (our trail family has discussed it ad nauseam), two men had left their gear strewn all over one of the only campsites for miles and left for day hiking. We set up camp on the fringes of the site but when they came back they were visibly and vocally upset about having to share a campsite because they wanted to be alone.  They ultimately and huffily packed up and went elsewhere.  

Monday, July 22:

  • Day: 35
  • Miles Hiked Today: 21.1
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 502.2
  • Update: The sun was out in full force today! It was hot and dusty and rocky,  but still beautiful. And, we hit 500 miles! We got to camp sooner than expected and have made some new SOBO friends, who informed us that our “friends” from last night showed up at their camp and were apparently quite amiable! I assume they figured out how to share and that being alone is not an expectation on possibly the most popular trail in the world! On to Canada tomorrow! We should finally be able to get these updates out!

Tuesday, July 23:

  • Day: 36
  • Miles Hiked Today: 3.7 (+8.8 bonus miles into Canada)
  • Miles Hiked So Far: 505.9
  • Update: We made it to Canada! We’re so excited to have completed one of three states,  but also sad to leave to beauty of Washington and say goodbye to our trail family as Helium and Agate are heading on to new adventures and Ofer is heading back to the Sierras. For now,  we’re enjoying our last moments together and figuring out how to get out of Manning Park, a relatively remote city in Canada. Our goal is to hitch to Hope then take a bus to Vancouver, from where we can catch a train to Portland and resume our hike in Oregon.

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