Mile #2402, Snoqualmie Pass

This is it:  Final resupply point from here to the Canadian border.  Over the next 261 miles I can look forward to some of the finest scenery on the entire PCT; and some of the most challenging terrain.  I’m hoping to get through in just under 10 days.  Steep climbs and often bad weather characterize these next few sections.  Bad weather, should it appear, I’ll hopefully be able to manage better than I did in the Goat Rocks last weekend.  I think I learned a thing or two and I’m still taking extra care to weather proof my sleeping back and thermal clothes.

Elk graze along the PCT
Elk graze along the PCT

The steep terrain is what it is.  My now unusually heavy pack (all the food!) will make me slow down, perhaps huffing and puffing a little more, but I’ll get to where I need to go.  the only thing that could throw me off course is the route around Glacier Peak.  historically, many PCT hikers have taken a detour route around the peak’s east side since the original west side route around the mountain was damaged by blowdowns and washouts in 2003 and 2006.  Currently, the detour is closed due to forest fire and the forest service has proposed a detour to the detour that involves a substantial amount of roadwalking, which I’m not too fond of.

9 1/2 days of food to take me 261 miles
9 1/2 days of food to take me 261 miles

Reportedly, some hikers ahead of me have recently made it through the original route, so it looks as if this may be my path.

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