Day 115 (20180723): 2641.3-2652.6

Today I finished my thru hike. I was at the monument at 0850 and took a few pictures before heading on towards Manning Park.

I started early at 0516 because I was really anxious to be done and about getting from Manning Park to Vancouver.

 A bit of snow in the early morning

A bit of snow in the early morning

I had a bit of climbing to do initially before starting a long downhill towards the border and the monument.

 Lovely early morning trail

Lovely early morning trail

Today was a day off lasts:
I packed up camp for the last time.
Filtered my last water.
Walked my last PCT miles.

The trail changed a lot with rocky sections, some overgrown sections and some very good sections. Generally it was pretty easy but did not provide any good views.

 Lovely early morning view

Lovely early morning view

Once at the border I finally saw the monument which was actually new, replaced just two days ago. Also I could easily see the clear cut border stretching away.

 Finally at the monument at the Northern Terminus

Finally at the monument at the Northern Terminus

After a few photos and selfies I entered Canada and started towards Manning Park. Just past the border I passed a trail crew working on a campsite.

The trail to Manning Park was steep in sections but generally good. The views however were not really there due to reading in forest the entire time.

Once I arrived at the Manning Park Resort i took the complimentary shower and after that some lunch.

Then I started trying to hitch a ride towards Vancouver.

As I was trying to hitch another hiker arrived and it took us a bit more than an hour to get a hitch. The hitch was really good since we got a ride all the way to Chilliwack which is close to Vancouver. From there we both took the Greyhound bus to Vancouver.

On the way to Vancouver I booked my expensive flight home for the next day and a hotel room for the night.

Once at the hotel room I started feeling the exhaustion hitting me. I have not been getting more than 6 hours of sleep the last many nights.

To celebrate my completion I had dinner at a steakhouse. After this I prepared for the journey home in my room.

Day 114 (20180722): 2591.4-2641.3

Last full day on trail and it ends up being my longest distance wise.

 The sun is starting to shine on the nearby mountains

The sun is starting to shine on the nearby mountains

I actually slept really well next to the toilets and the highway and started hiking at 0530. Initially the trail climbed and periodically had good views.

 Early day selife

Early day selife

 So many pretty mountains on this trail

So many pretty mountains on this trail

At a certain point it descended in to a big valley and the climb out of there was pretty tough. Especially at it was in the midday heat. The rest of the day was fairly easy and for the most part had really good views.

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 One of the last signs on the trail showing the distance to the border

One of the last signs on the trail showing the distance to the border

I ended up going further than planned for no particular reason and found a good campsite that means I do not have much climbing to do before I start the descent to the monument. From there there is apparently a bit of climbing on the way to Manning Park before the trail descend to the resort.

 Beautiful view from the trail

Beautiful view from the trail

I am really anxious to be done and hope I will have good luck getting a ride from the resort.

 Near the end of the day I came upon this cool pass

Near the end of the day I came upon this cool pass

Day 113 (20180721): 2562.3-2591.4

Today I did the last resupply of the trail in Stehekin. I still managed to hike almost 30 miles as well which was good.

 Another beautiful lake near the trail

Another beautiful lake near the trail

I started just a bit earlier than usual at 0525 even with filtering water because I wanted to make sure I made the 0915 shuttle to Stehekin.


I did make the shuttle together with Fireproof and quite a few southbounders. The hiking was not too interesting. On the way to Stehekin the shuttle stopped at a bakery and most people, including me, bought some baked goods there.


Upon arrival in town I went to the general store to enquire about laundry and shower and managed to finish both before the post office opened.


When the post office opened I collected my package and decided what to take as I once again had to much food.


Following this I waited with Fireproof until the shuttle back to trail at 1400.


Once back on trail I wanted to make it at least 17 miles but hoped to do more. I ended up making it 19.5 miles which had me camping between a toilet and a highway.

 The view from my camp near a highway

The view from my camp near a highway

From what I have heard the trail should be more interesting from here on.
 

Day 112 (20180720): 2517.8-2562.3

Today my goal was to get close enough to Stehekin to catch the first shuttle. This meant stopping quite late.

 Dramatic clouds early in the day

Dramatic clouds early in the day

I had setup my tarp last night so I got a late start at 0544. The day started with a climb followed by quite a lot of snow walking.

 Quite a lot of snow walking this day, this was just before the top of the first climb in the early morning light

Quite a lot of snow walking this day, this was just before the top of the first climb in the early morning light

I did not initially hike in mist or clouds but several times during the day I had to.

 Near the top of the climb I get a view of the clouded valley I will be descending into

Near the top of the climb I get a view of the clouded valley I will be descending into

The day had a lot of climbing and luckily a few good views.

 Further down the valley was still completely filled with clouds

Further down the valley was still completely filled with clouds

 Beautiful contrast between the lush greens and the snow

Beautiful contrast between the lush greens and the snow

The trail was very overgrown in sections typically during climbs or descents. This was annoying as it makes it easy to miss rocks. Also constantly having plants brush against your legs gets tiring.


I managed to reach my goal at 2105 and met another northbound thru-hiker, Fireproof.

 Mountains from the forest

Mountains from the forest

Day 111 (20180719): 2475.9-2517.8

Today I started by hiking in mist and ended by hiking in mist. Luckily it did clear for most of the day and I had some amazing views.

I started hiking at 0529 after packing up my slightly damp stuff. Everywhere I looked all I could see was mist/cloud.

 This day was initially very misty/cloudy

This day was initially very misty/cloudy

 More clouds

More clouds

These conditions made for nice cold hiking for most of the day. Though in some areas the trees were so wet it rained from them.

Initially as I was hiking in the mist the trail was in forest so I do not think I missed many views.

 The clouds did clear and suddenly I had beautiful views

The clouds did clear and suddenly I had beautiful views

Later when the mist had luckily cleared I entered Glacier Peak Wilderness. This area was really beautiful and luckily I could see it.

 Still snow and ice on some of the lakes

Still snow and ice on some of the lakes

 Quite some snow in Glacier Peak Wilderness.

Quite some snow in Glacier Peak Wilderness.

I also entered a horrible valley where the trail was a big stream at one point so I ended the day with wet feet.

 Bridge that has seen better days

Bridge that has seen better days

Later in the evening I once again hiked in to the mist to camp for the night.

I did make the miles I wanted to and if I make around 40 again tomorrow I should be able to reach Stehekin in time to get my package Saturday.

Day 110 (20180718): 2435.5-2475.9

Today I resupplied at Steven's Pass which I managed to reach before they closed.

I started at 0535 after packing up with a few of my mosquito friends. I am starting to really enjoy my earlier starts as the lighting is really beautiful. In the morning I passed a lot of tents.

Quite early in the morning I had to cross a pretty strong creek where i had to get my feet wet. Getting wet feet really sucks but sometimes it cannot be avoided.

 Low lying clouds provide cool views at times

Low lying clouds provide cool views at times

I have started to meet a lot of southbounders and surprisingly to me at least, often in groups.

I had a goal for the day which was to reach Steven's Pass before 17 so I could collect my resupply for the section to Stehekin. So for most of the day I pushed myself quite hard to make sure I made it.

 Beautiful lake

Beautiful lake

I made it there before 16 and while sorting my resupply I consumed some drinks and snacks. I also charged my battery and phone and left when that was done.

 Nice open view of a ridge

Nice open view of a ridge

The day had a few beautiful sections combined with a lot of forest hiking. Mosquitos were not really an issue until the evening.

I am staying to see more snow and at lower elevation. The campsite I had originally chosen today was covered in snow.

 Evening colors peeking through the trees

Evening colors peeking through the trees

My goal for Stehekin is to get there by 1230 on Saturday so I can catch the bus and get to the post office before they close. If I do not make it I will have to wait till Monday which I really want to avoid. If I do 40+ miles the next two days it should be possible however there seems to be a lot of elevation change.

Day 109 (20180717): 2393.1-2435.5

Today was mostly good but it ended which such horrible mosquitos that it is difficult to remember the good parts.

I awoke before my alarm at the Summit Inn and got up to have a shower and pack everything. I also ate the breakfast I had bought the day before.

After this I checked out and headed back to the trail. The trail today had 2 big climbs and was generally more rocky and rough than what I have become used to.

 Climbing up the rocky trail

Climbing up the rocky trail

After the first climb out of Snoqualmie Pass I hiked in a beautiful area with good views but very rugged trail.

 Small lake after the climb out of Snoqualmie Pass

Small lake after the climb out of Snoqualmie Pass

 Rough rocky trail

Rough rocky trail

Until about lunch the trail was like this and very beautiful. Sadly then it descended into forests and I only had occasional views. Still no mosquitos though. I actually had no mosquitos until about 1 hour before camp where I came upon some of the worst mosquitos I have experienced. This was late in the day but I pushed on a bit up a climb in hope of fewer mosquitos.

 Waterfall where I had lunch

Waterfall where I had lunch

 Good views at the top of the second big climb

Good views at the top of the second big climb

The camp I ended up in did have fewer mosquitos but still enough to make setting up camp and eating miserable.

 Beautiful lake in forested valley

Beautiful lake in forested valley

Tomorrow I hope to reach Steven's Pass and pickup my package while they are open. I am not sure when they close.

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Day 108 (20180716): 2359.4-2393.1

Today I made it to Snoqualmie Pass which is roughly the midpoint of Washington. The day was pretty tough mostly because of humidity and heat.

I started early today at 0511 since I wanted to spend the night in Snoqualmie Pass and get some value out of my room. Also in the morning it seemed like the mosquitos reappeared a bit.

 Forests everywhere

Forests everywhere

Mostly I spend the day hiking in forests with the occasional view. Luckily I never encountered serious mosquitos problem during the day.

The day was very hot and it seems every time it is hot in Washington it is also very humid. This combination makes it impossible to climb without soaking my shirt in sweat.

The day had quite a lot of climbs and towards the end of the day the trail became very rocky. From what I have heard this will happen more further north.

Snoqualmie Pass is a ski resort and just before arrival I walked across the ski area. Upon arrival I headed to Aardwerk Express for food.

 Snoqualmie Pass

Snoqualmie Pass

I had a curry which was amazing and then headed to the gas station for drinks and snacks. Then I checked in at hotel. I then immediately had a shower and did my laundry.

Doing laundry seems a bit silly since I am sure all of my clothes will be dirty again within hours of hitting the trail tomorrow.

I also picked up my resupply box and now I am in a bit of a dilemma. I have too much food since I should have another box waiting for me at Steven's Pass which is in 71 miles. I probably have food for close to 5 days while only needing 2 days. I will probably end up taking 3 days of food so I have a bit extra.

Also currently it almost seems like I convert food and water to miles. I eat 10 bars of different types in between the three meals breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 107 (20180715): 2312-2359.4

Today was a longer day than I particularly wanted because at the time I wanted to camp there were no good campsites. I did not have issues with mosquitos today which was really nice.

 Early morning beauty

Early morning beauty

 Sun just peeking out

Sun just peeking out

I started earlier than usual at 0532 because another hiker started packing and I could not get back to sleep. One advantage of the early start is that I get to enjoy the beautiful morning colors and cool temperatures.

 Mount Rainer in sunrise colors

Mount Rainer in sunrise colors

 Big lake

Big lake

Most of the day I had decent views of Mt Rainier. Early in the day I passed Chinook Pass which meant I saw a lot of day hikers.

 Small waterfall with rainbow near Chinook Pass

Small waterfall with rainbow near Chinook Pass

 Looking at the highway at Chinook Pass

Looking at the highway at Chinook Pass

Near the pass I met Long Gone who I have met twice before, we talked briefly.

 Sheep Lake looking at the ridge I have to climb over in the background

Sheep Lake looking at the ridge I have to climb over in the background

 Looking back to Sheep Lake and Chinook Pass from the ridge

Looking back to Sheep Lake and Chinook Pass from the ridge

 Looking ahead from the ridge reveals the trail to come

Looking ahead from the ridge reveals the trail to come

There were some steep climbs today and combined with the milage it made the day quite tough.

 Ski area in summer clothes

Ski area in summer clothes

Near Norse Peak I passed through a huge burn area from last year which meant a lot of trees to crawl over.

 So many burned trees today

So many burned trees today

Just before reaching my campsite I had a decent climb that was quite easy because of the gentle grade. It was already dark when I arrived at the campsite but for the first time since before Oregon there did not seem to be any mosquitos so I did not setup my bivy.

 Sunset

Sunset

I plan to reach Snoqualmie Pass tomorrow and stay the night at Summit Inn since it is probably my last chance to sleep in a bed in Washington. Getting a shower and hopefully laundry will be awesome.

Day 106 (20180714): 2273.1-2312

Today was a kinda mixed day. It started really great with the Knife's Edge where I had amazing views and interesting trail. Later the trail went in to forest and even a few mosquito infested sections.

 I love the early morning colors

I love the early morning colors

 Cool rock wall demonstrating some of the work that goes into maintaining a trail

Cool rock wall demonstrating some of the work that goes into maintaining a trail

I started a bit earlier than usual at 0538 since I wanted to get to White Pass as close to lunch as possible. White Pass is a store 0.6 miles from the trail that holds packages and offers usual gas station fare.

 Starting to see the mountains near Knife's Edge in the distance

Starting to see the mountains near Knife's Edge in the distance

 Looking back at Mount Adams I believe

Looking back at Mount Adams I believe

 Big snow patch I crossed with Mount Adams in the background

Big snow patch I crossed with Mount Adams in the background

 Mount Rainier in distance with a snow covered high mountain lake in the foreground

Mount Rainier in distance with a snow covered high mountain lake in the foreground

 Selfie with the same view

Selfie with the same view

The trail for the first few hours was magnificent, the best in Washington so far. The trail slowly climbed and I had to cross a few snow patches. At a certain point the trail splits between a stock route and a more difficult hiker route. I took the hiker route which climbs steeply to a ridge called Knife's Edge and the highest point on the PCT in Washington I believe.

 Big snow patch before the climb to Knife's Edge

Big snow patch before the climb to Knife's Edge

 Looking at the stock route which runs much lower than the hiker route

Looking at the stock route which runs much lower than the hiker route

 Panorama looking back at Mount Adams

Panorama looking back at Mount Adams

 Looking to the east from Knife's Edge

Looking to the east from Knife's Edge

The trail continued on the ridge for some time and this entire section had great views.

 Selfie with the ridge I later hiked in the background

Selfie with the ridge I later hiked in the background

 The ridge that the trail followed for some miles

The ridge that the trail followed for some miles

 Looking back up at the high point of Knife's Edge

Looking back up at the high point of Knife's Edge

As the trail descended it sadly went back in to forests and quite a few mosquito sections.

As I made the highway I headed to the White Pass store. Here I collected my resupply and new shoes. I also had done snacks and drinks.

 Rock slope with nice views

Rock slope with nice views

The camp for today was a bit off trail, when I arrived 2 other tents are already setup. The camp had some mosquitos but not the worst I have had.

Some southbounders say they did not have many mosquitos further north, but I am not getting my hopes up.

Another thing about Washington is that it seems quite humid which can make hiking in the heat tough.

I hope to make it to Snoqualmie Pass by end of day the day after tomorrow. But that requires that I hike a lot of miles tomorrow.

Day 105 (20180713): 2229.9-2273.1

Today was a very mixed day, a few times I had some amazing views but a lot of the times I had green tunnel with no views. Mosquitos were once again quite bad in sections, one particular section was probably the worst I have had yet.

 Mount Adams through an old burn area

Mount Adams through an old burn area

 Looking back at Mount Hood I believe

Looking back at Mount Hood I believe

I got a late start today at 0615 since a critter had gotten in to my food bag during the night, so I had to field repair it. I guess it was kinda my fault for camping in a spot with a lot of trash near roads.

 Mount Adams

Mount Adams

 Mount Adams from a riverbed

Mount Adams from a riverbed

For a very long time I had almost no views except glimpses of mountains through the trees. Once I got close to Mt Adams the trail luckily periodically opened up to present the spectacular mountain.

Mosquitos were present for a lot of my hiking pre lunch but not too bad. I had lunch near some lava stones where there mercifully were almost no mosquitos.

 Looking back at the mosquito hell valley

Looking back at the mosquito hell valley

After lunch the trail went back to forest and after a short climb I descended in to a true mosquito hell hole. At times it was almost like a wall of mosquitos. This went on for 4-5 miles. Once I started climbing to Sheep Lake and Cispus Pass the mosquitos mostly disappeared.

 Great view from the last stretch before Cispus Pass

Great view from the last stretch before Cispus Pass

The climb to Sheep Lake was not too steep, I had originally thought about camping there but since I was there just past 19 I continued on to pass over Cispus Pass.

 Final climb on snow to Cispus Pass

Final climb on snow to Cispus Pass

The pass was beautiful and my campsite seemed to be free of mosquitos. This quickly proved to be a lie.

 Last rays of sun from my campsite

Last rays of sun from my campsite

 Late day selfie

Late day selfie

I must admit the mosquitos are taking the fun out of my hiking. If I was not very close to finishing I would probably have serious thoughts about stopping.

Day 104 (20180712): 2185.7-2229.9

Today was a miserable day it felt exactly like Oregon or at least the worst parts of Oregon, green tunnel and mosquitos all day. A bit of Washington's steeper climbing revealed itself as well.

 One of the brief views of the day

One of the brief views of the day

I started hiking at 0558 and quickly had to protect myself against mosquitos. The mosquitos were present the entire day and made the hiking quite miserable.

 Perfect mosquito breeding ground?

Perfect mosquito breeding ground?

The trail had almost no views today as it was pretty much all green tunnel. The trail was however quite easy.

 Another good but very brief view

Another good but very brief view

I hope that the mosquito situation changes soon as it is currently driving me crazy. Tomorrow it looks like I will be camping at higher elevation so that might help.

 I guess there is snow in Washington as well

I guess there is snow in Washington as well

My next resupply stop is White Pass where I hope to arrive the day after tomorrow. If I can keep up the current daily miles I should arrive early afternoon which would allow me to charge my stuff, collect my packages and then hike some miles past White Pass.

Day 103 (20190711): 2146.8-2185.7

Today I left Cascade Locks and entered Washington, the final state of the PCT.

I wanted to start as early as possible while still taking advantage of the free breakfast. I woke up at 0530 and packed everything and had a shower. Then I checked out and walked to the breakfast restaurant so I was ready when they opened at 0630.

I had pancakes and while eating I met two other hikers. I started hiking around 0700 and first order of business was to cross Bridge of Gods. This was beautiful and scary as there is no sidewalk and no shoulder. I managed it without being run over.

 On the Bridge of Gods

On the Bridge of Gods

Once I made the trail it immediately became a green tunnel and stayed that way for most of the day.

 Sign reclining m reminding me that there are still some miles to go

Sign reclining m reminding me that there are still some miles to go

The route the trail took was strange as it started going south, then west before starting heading back east and slightly north. Even with all the hiking I did today as the crow flies I am probably not more than 15 miles from Cascade Locks.

 Green tunnel

Green tunnel

The trail had a lot of climbs and after most of them the trail descended down low again. Only at the end of the day did I start on a climb that will take me up and then the trail seems to stay rather high for the rest of Washington. An app I have says I did close to 10000 ft of elevation gain. It looks like tomorrow should have a lot less. Today was also my biggest food carry in Washington so my pack was relatively heavy.

 Bones at my campsite, is that a good sign?

Bones at my campsite, is that a good sign?

The day was very hot which made the climbing quite tough. For once the green tunnel and it's shade was actually welcome.

My shoes really do seem to be losing all their cushioning but luckily I have new shoes waiting in White Pass which is just 110 miles away.

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Day 102 (20180710): Zero in Cascade Locks

Today I had what I plan to be my last zero of the PCT. Even more than my other zeros I was really keen to get hiking again.

I woke at my usual time around 0530 even though I obviously did not have to. Breakfast was not available till 0630 so I spent some time relaxing and took a shower. Breakfast was at the restaurant next to the hotel and was decent.

 Bridge of Gods which will carry me to Washington

Bridge of Gods which will carry me to Washington

During the day I did not do much except just relax in my room.

Tomorrow I will head out again as early as possible after getting breakfast. So I prepared everything in the evening.

I hope to do at least 35 miles tomorrow but it looks like I will have a lot of climbing to do so it might be a rough day. Also it looks like tomorrow might be quite hot.

 Crazy amazing hotdog

Crazy amazing hotdog

For Washington I only plan to resupply 4 times. The first stretch to White Pass of the longest at close to 150 miles with the rest close to or less than 100 miles. Unlike Oregon there are not daily resorts to visit which means I will have less downtime due to that.

Day 101 (20180709): 2130.6-2146.8

Today I only had about 15 or 16 miles to hike to get to Cascade Locks which also marks the end of Oregon.

I started hiking at 0537. From Wahtum Lake to Cascade Locks there was a few small climbs but other than that it is all downhill as I had to get all the way down to 100 ft.

 One of the occasional open views of the day

One of the occasional open views of the day

Most of the day was forest hiking in a burn area from last year. Luckily the trail did open up a few times to allow me some views.

 I spent a lot of time walking in burn area from last year

I spent a lot of time walking in burn area from last year

 Low lying clouds behind the burned trees

Low lying clouds behind the burned trees

The trail was a bit rocky in places but overall it was a real easy last day of hiking in Oregon.

 I spent a brief time walking on a ridge looking at the low lying clouds

I spent a brief time walking on a ridge looking at the low lying clouds

Upon arrival in Cascade Locks I grabbed some lunch and sorted out my resupply for the test of the trail. This was very expensive so I should probably have sent more stuff from Ashland.

 My first view of the southern end of Bridge of Gods

My first view of the southern end of Bridge of Gods

I discovered that my hotel had a guest laundry so I went to check if I could use that before my room was ready. As I arrived I discovered that my room was ready so I checked in and after gathering my clothes I started laundry. While doing laundry I took as nice long shower.

I headed back to the market to get snacks and met Pathfinder who had just arrived. He is heading back on trail today so we agreed to meet up for dinner at 1700. It was nice saying goodbye and talking about the upcoming state. I wished him good luck at he headed out.

The rest of the evening I spent relaxing in front of the TV which had an excellent selection of channels.

I also discovered that my shoes are pretty beat up, I have new shoes waiting for me at White Pass which is the next stop, I believe my current shoes should make it there.

My plan is to get through Washington as fast as possible and hopefully avoid any fire closures. I do not plan to go to any towns in Washington so I expect to do quite a lot of miles each day.

Day 100 (20180708): 2096.9-2130.6

Today was my hundredth day on trail and I was lucky enough to celebrate it with breakfast at Timberline Lodge.

I was camped right next to Timberline Lodge and when I woke up I packed and went to the lodge hoping to pass the time till the breakfast started inside.

The lodge was sadly locked but at 6 it was unlocked and I was able to get inside and relax in their sofas. The WiFi was surprisingly good as well.

Pathfinder turned up around 7 and together with 2 other hikers we went to the buffet as it opened at 0730. The buffet was amazing with great variety and quality. I ate a lot and felt almost sick afterwards.

 View of Mt Hood as I am leaving Timberline Lodge

View of Mt Hood as I am leaving Timberline Lodge

 Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge

I started hiking at 0850 and it started out rough because my stomach was hurting a bit after the buffet.

 Massive deadfall on the trail

Massive deadfall on the trail

 Annoying deadfall I had to climb under

Annoying deadfall I had to climb under

Initially I had really good views of Mt Hood but some sandy trail. Later the trail was more forest with only occasional views.

 Rahmona Falls

Rahmona Falls

There were two relatively big climbs where the second was quite steep. Once that was over the rest of the day was quite easy.

 Looking back at Mt Hood later in the day

Looking back at Mt Hood later in the day

I camped at Wahtum Lake where a few other hikers were camped.

 Wahtum Lake

Wahtum Lake

Tomorrow I only have 16 miles to Cascade Locks so I expect to be there before lunch.

Day 99 (20180707): 2058-2096.9

Today I made it to Timberline Lodge which is kinda famous for its breakfast buffet that I will get tomorrow.

I had setup my tarp last night so I was a bit slow in getting started and was not on trail before 0620.

 One of the last open views before entering the green tunnel for most of the day

One of the last open views before entering the green tunnel for most of the day

The day was kinda boring until the final climb to Timberline Lodge since most of the trail was in forest.

 Timothy Lake where I had lunch

Timothy Lake where I had lunch

I was not bothered by mosquitos too much and even managed to find a lunch spot without any mosquitos.

 Little Crater Lake was quite the beautiful sight

Little Crater Lake was quite the beautiful sight

Not long after lunch I took a short side trail to Little Crater Lake. The lake was very beautiful.

 The lake was amazingly clear

The lake was amazingly clear

 I had to get a selfie at the lake

I had to get a selfie at the lake

 First somewhat clear view of Mt Hood

First somewhat clear view of Mt Hood

On the final climb to Timberline Lodge I finally had views and they were amazing of both Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood.

 As I finally got above the treeline I could see Mt Hood clearly

As I finally got above the treeline I could see Mt Hood clearly

 Looking back towards Mt Jefferson it is easy to see that I am moving

Looking back towards Mt Jefferson it is easy to see that I am moving

I had originally planned to only get breakfast at the lodge but when I arrived at the campsite and junction I got tempted and went to the lodge.

I was not sure when they closed but was happy to discover that the bar served food till 2300.

 Last rays of sun hitting Mt Hood

Last rays of sun hitting Mt Hood

After dinner I went back to the junction to camp. Quite a few other hikers were camped there and I spoke a bit with a few of them before going to bed.

 Nice sunset near Timberline Lodge

Nice sunset near Timberline Lodge

Tomorrow morning I will get the breakfast buffet which starts at 0730. This means I will start hiking late. But I just have to make it to Cascade Locks monday, I would prefer to do at least 30 miles tomorrow but I do not have to.

Day 98 (20180706): 2014.8-2058

Without double checking all my stats I am pretty sure this was my longest day on trail so far both in miles and hours hiked. It was in no way planned.

 Rockpile Lake in the morning

Rockpile Lake in the morning

Today I started hiking a bit earlier than usual at 0530 because I wanted to swing by Olallie Lake and give myself a bit of time to stay there.

 The day had an amazing red sunrise

The day had an amazing red sunrise

One big advantage of the early start is that I just managed to catch the beautiful red sunrise. It was barely visible from my camp but I managed to make it to more open terrain to catch the end of it.

 The sunrise was visible for a long time

The sunrise was visible for a long time

The trail stayed rather high for a rather long time in the beginning of the day. As the trail started to descend I surprisingly caught up with Pathfinder. We ended up hiking most of the day together and our paces seems very similar. We split up some miles past Olallie Lake. But we both plan to get the breakfast buffet at Timberline Lodge on Sunday so we will probably meet up then.

 There were a few big snow patches to cross today

There were a few big snow patches to cross today

The trail today had a lot more snow than I expected but other than that was pretty easy.

 This day haha some amazing views

This day haha some amazing views

 Mt Jefferson I believe

Mt Jefferson I believe

Olallie Lake has a small store that I visited to get some cold drinks and a bit of resupply. It is right next to the trail which makes it very convenient. I stayed there with Pathfinder for 30 minutes.

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 The fantastic view I had for lunch

The fantastic view I had for lunch

I had planned to camp at Trooper Spring which I reached at 1930. Unfortunately there was no more room and I was forced to hike on. The next campsites on my maps was in 3 miles and mostly uphill.

I tried to find suitable campsites before those but had no luck so I ended with my longest day by stopping at 2050. Not what I had planned and not something I particularly wanted to do. One good thing is that there was a lot less mosquitos at my campsite.

Day 97 (20180705): 1979.7-2014.8

Today I passed 2000 miles but did not notice the mile marker since I forgot to look for it.

 I love the light in the early morning

I love the light in the early morning

I started a bit earlier than usual as I wanted to get to Big Lake Youth Camp early and get laundry and shower done before lunch. I started hiking around 0535. To my surprise the mosquitos were quite active in the morning so I tried to hurry up with getting ready.

 More beautiful early morning scenery

More beautiful early morning scenery

As soon as I started hiking the mosquitos were no longer an issue and I did not have to wear my head net today.

 I had to cross a massive lava field today

I had to cross a massive lava field today

I had quite some miles to do before the youth camp and on the way I had some good views. Especially once I hit a big lava field that I had to walk across. Walking across this was not great but it was luckily not too long.

 The big open lava field provided excellent views

The big open lava field provided excellent views

 Lava field for days

Lava field for days

After this there we a lot of old burned areas on and off the rest of the day.

 Big burn area before Big Lake Youth Camp

Big burn area before Big Lake Youth Camp

I arrived at Big Lake Youth Camp around 1030. The camp offers great services to hikers in their hiker hut with showers and laundry. I did laundry for the first time since Ashland and had my first shower since Crater Lake. Lunch was at 13 and I passed the time on their WiFi. Lunch consisted of mac and cheese, peas and salad and was much better than my usual on trail lunch.

 It seems most days in Oregon have a bit of snow

It seems most days in Oregon have a bit of snow

As soon as I was done with lunch I left and started hiking again as I wanted to do another 20ish miles still and camp at Rockpile Lake.

 Three Fingered Jack

Three Fingered Jack

Before my camp there were 2 rather big climbs and I encountered a bit of snow. The section between the two climbs and the second climb had some bad trail with a lot of big rocks.

 Selfie near Three Fingered Jack

Selfie near Three Fingered Jack

In the afternoon and evening the wind picked up which I guess also contributed to me not being disturbed by mosquitos.

 Rockpile Lake where I camped

Rockpile Lake where I camped

Once I arrived at the lake 3 other people were camped there but I managed to find a decent spot. Before I went to bed I saw a lot of deer which concerned me as they eat hiking pole handles for the salt. Hopefully I will hear them if they try it.

The wind might make this an uncomfortable night and I am not sure when I want to start tomorrow. I have a rough plan for the rest of Oregon but tomorrow is one of the days with most flexibility.

My plan is:

Tomorrow pass by Olallie Lake for an early dinner and topoff resupply

Next day camp close to Timberline Lodge

Next day breakfast buffet at Timberline Lodge and camp as close to Cascade Locks as time allows

Next day hike in to Cascade Locks where I will stay for 2 nights.

Day 96 (20180704): 1943.4-1979.7

A day with on-off mosquitos presence and a side trip to Elk Lake Resort.

Last night was very warm which sadly meant that the mosquitos were very active in the morning. It was quite the struggle to get ready without getting completely eaten.

 The horrible mosquito lake I camped at

The horrible mosquito lake I camped at

Unlike most days I had to start out in full anti mosquito gear and still the mosquitos were very annoying.

 Still a lot of lakes, and mosquitos

Still a lot of lakes, and mosquitos

About 10 miles in I hit the junction to Elk Lake Resort and decided to head there for some cooked food. I had read that they opened at 11 which would make for a late day with my planned campsite. When I arrived I discovered they luckily opened at 10. This was good news as I still had 27 PCT miles to do to my planned campsite

I was there at 9 and allowed to wait inside while charging my battery and phone. While waiting I sorted out the pictures for the blog posts since Ashland.

Once it was 10 I ordered some food and quickly devoured it. I started hiking again around 1030.

 Nice open areas near the three sisters

Nice open areas near the three sisters

Initially the hiking was pretty good as there was no mosquitos. They quickly appeared again though and I had to reapply my bug spray and don my bug net.

 The Danish and German hiker I hiked with for a while

The Danish and German hiker I hiked with for a while

Later on the trail I caught up to a Danish and a German hiker and hiked with them until their camp. It was nice hiking with them and we spent some time discussing hiking gear and hiking styles.

About the same time I caught up to them we came upon more open terrain and the mosquitos were less problematic. The rest of the day I hike without my bug net.

 More lava fields today

More lava fields today

After their camp the trail became filled with lava rocks which was cool but not fun to hike on.

 Still a lot of lava rocks and a bit of snow

Still a lot of lava rocks and a bit of snow

I had chosen to camp near a lake where comments said mosquitos were not a huge issue. At this lake you are only allowed to camp at designated sites. I went around the lake and all the sites appeared full. Just as I was about to walk on I discovered the last site and found a spot.

 Some snow patches to cover today

Some snow patches to cover today

I spoke a bit with Chris from Oregon who was also camped there.

 The three sisters

The three sisters

Tomorrow I will head into Big Lake Youth Camp and hopefully get a shower and done laundry done and participate in their lunch.