Pacific Crest Trail – Day 94 (29 miles)
I woke up at 6 am and got out of bed at 7. Haley and I eat and then she gave me a lift to the grocery store to resupply and then up to the trailhead.
It was a cold day. Rain had fallen last night and the clouds were still very low.
I said my goodbyes and started the climb up into the Northern Cascades. I ran into Ben, a French Thru Hiker, and we talked as we ascended into the clouds.
Mostly we could not see anything, but occasionally the wind would blow the clouds away and, for the briefest second we could see our surroundings. These steep cliffs with grand, sweeping valleys came into view. It reminded me of Jurassic Park.
This continued until just after lunch. Just as we started to descend, the clouds blew away. Ironic. But we had beautiful views for the rest of the day. So we had that going for us.
We descended halfway to the valley and passed through awesome meadows. Just one after the next. It was so good.
Here I ran into a hiker I started with. We stopped at a wonderful waterfall and talked for a while.
There was a 12 person strong trail crew chopping down trees and repairing the washed out sections of trail. Such great people volunteering their time!
There were also so many day and overnight hikers. I do understand why; the area is one of the best on the trail.
There was also a ranger, trying to clear the hikers out of the valley. They are closing this area due to a fire expanding 1,000 hectares last night.
The ranger let us pass through rather than exiting the park. What a great guy! He had his hands full with so many other people around.
We then climbed for the third time today. It was steep. It also had wonderful views of the sun setting behind the snow capped peaks behind us.
We all split up and went our own pace up the hill. I stopped at the top and had dinner, as I waited for the group to catch up.
We ate together. They decided to stay and I pressed on another hour for my camp spot for the night. It was cold and was the first time since the Sierra that I hiked with my jacket on.
I set up camp tucked away in the trees to try and protect me from the wind. The night will be cold as well!