PCT Day 102: Washington

August 1

Mile 2121.4-2159.3 (18.9 +15.5 via Eagle Creek Trail)

I woke up feeling so good. Mt. Hood in front of me, glowing in the pre-dawn light. I packed up quickly and hiked out on the loamy trail. It felt just like last night, breezy and very quiet. 

I took the Eagle Creek Trail alternate. Went down a steep dirt path for a few miles until I hit Eagle Creek. So many waterfalls, swimming holes. High Tunnel Falls the obvious highlight. I rounded the corner and stood in awe.

The number of day hikers increased as I got closer to the road. The Gorge Trail led me to a paved road that was considered a scenic highway in the very early days of automobiles. Vastly prettier than the new highway.

Then I was in Cascade Locks, staring at the wide and mighty Columbia River and the big metal Bridge of the Gods. I got lunch and coffee before I crossed over to Washington. Belly full, I walked to the toll booth and asked if I could cross. The bridge is narrow and has no pedestrian crossing. As I crossed, I looked at the river below me through the wide metal grates. It was windy and I held onto my hat.


Washington! 


I crossed the road and found the trail again. Everything was green and rich, dazzling. My last state! These beautiful mountains! I felt giddy.



I made my way up and up and up, feeling no rush. I had my sights set on another peaceful ridge campsite and plenty of time to get there before dark. I marveled at the new conifers and ate blackberries and raspberries.


There was someone at the campsite, but they were amenable to my cowboy camping in a nearby semi-flat spot. He was soon asleep and I stretched and stared off at the dusky horizon, the dark colors of sunset, the emerging stars.

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7 thoughts on “PCT Day 102: Washington

  1. Congratulations! You have traveled a very long way and I hope you enjoy the scenic beauty of my state. It can be simply breathtaking. Looking forward to your thoughts and comments as you travel.

  2. Welcome to Washington! I’ll be doing part of the PCT as I hike the Naches Loop trail about noon after enjoying Tipsoo Lake this Sat. (tomorrow). Maybe I’ll run into you!!

  3. After obtaining my Volcano Pass for a solo ascent of Mt Adams, I see a hitchhiker with a backpack and I assume she must be going to the same trailhead as I. I never pick up hitchhikers but she has a backpack and climbers/hikers help each other! She immediately apologizes for her smell upon which I mention that I have Anosmia (no sense of smell)! Lol! I find out she is not climbing Adams but going to the PCT trailhead in Troutlake, Wa on Thursday, August 4 about noon. I have time and agree to get her there. We talk mostly about the PCT, but also about farming, gear, dangers, scenery, stress fractures,… Best conversation I’ve had in a while! She looked strong and healthy although a bit sunburned; she was in great spirits and excited to be so close to finishing; and thankful for the ride. Before wishing her well I asked if she needed anything (she didn’t), we took the mandatory selfie, and then she headed off… Take care and have a wonderful rest of your trip! Cheers!!!–Henry Petitgirard

  4. After obtaining my Volcano Pass for a solo ascent of Mt Adams, I see a hitchhiker with a backpack and I assume she must be going to the same trailhead as I. I never pick up hitchhikers but she has a backpack and climbers/hikers help each other! She immediately apologizes for her smell upon which I mention that I have Anosmia (no sense of smell)! Lol! I find out she is not climbing Adams but going to the PCT trailhead in Troutlake, Wa on Thursday, August 4 about noon. I have time and agree to get her there. We talk mostly about the PCT, but also about farming, gear, dangers, scenery, stress fractures,… Best conversation I’ve had in a while! She looked strong and healthy although a bit sunburned; she was in great spirits and excited to be so close to finishing; and thankful for the ride. Before wishing her well I asked if she needed anything (she didn’t), we took the mandatory selfie, and then she headed off… Take care and have a wonderful rest of your trip! Cheers!!!

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