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.

 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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