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.

 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.