My first thru-hike was the Colorado Trail in 2019. It spurred further adventures such as the South Dakota Centennial Trail and an attempt of the Uinta Highline Trail. Last summer I thru-hiked the AT northbound, it was an amazing experience! This summer I am reuniting with several tramily members to hike the PCT northbound, starting in the first half of April. My AT spirit animal was the Eastern Red-Spotted Newt, what will it be on the PCT?
The ascent of Forester Pass was gradual. I soon passed Hobble-it and saw no one else, enjoying the discovery of the trail’s twisting route.
At the top of the pass, there was a patch of snow with a good boot track. Soon I saw Silver Lake in the distance, living up to its color in the early evening light.
At the top of Dorothy Pass, before dropping down to the lake, I entered the Yosemite Wilderness. Dorothy was a busy lake, with an elaborate tent camp and a couple fishermen.
Eager to get back on trail, I was up early. A local on his way to a construction site gave me a ride to the Meyers roundabout.
I jumped out of the tent and grabbed my trekking poles. Waving a trekking pole in each hand to make myself look bigger, I charged the black bear. It ran off.
It was as I wound along the shore of Fontanillis Lake that the Desolation Wilderness first stunned me with its beauty.
From the airport, we took a Lyft to Susanville then caught the local bus to Chester. At 2:15 pm, we were back on trail, headed south.
Wow, I did it, I reached the Canadian border! Hobble-it and I hiked ~2,000 miles to get there.
There came the surprise… Sandbag, Hobble-it, and I got approval to walk into Canada! Woohoo!
The 7.5 miles to Stevens Pass went quickly…After only 10 minutes, a friendly young man, coming off an overnight hike, gave us a ride into Leavenworth.