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Local Voices: Scenes from the Pacific Crest Trail, June 26


A report from Emily Quinn

The Lansing Journal is following the adventures of Lansing resident Emily Quinn and her brother Michael Carrick as they hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Text and photos below are shared from Emily’s Facebook posts.

June 26

We made it to Etna which also means we’ve hiked over 1000 miles!! And we’re less than 100 miles to the California-Oregon border!

We hiked some big miles the section with two 26 mile days and a 31 mile day, our longest yet! But we’ve got to get used to this length because we’re going to attempt to hike through Oregon in about two weeks, where our average mileage per day will have to be 31 miles.

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1,000 miles! (Photo: Michael Carrick)
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Michael is ready to tackle the trail. (Photo: Emily Quinn)
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Steep way down! (Photo: Emily Quinn)
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Mt Shasta (Photo: Emily Quinn)
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Sunrise from our camp spot (Photo: Emily Quinn)
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Best camp site we’ve had so far on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail)! (Photo: Emily Quinn)

View more photos from this section of Emily and Michael’s journey in their June 26 Facebook post. We’ll continue sharing more from their PCT adventure as they continue providing updates. Stay tuned!

About the Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. It is 2,653 mi long and ranges in elevation from roughly 110 feet above sea level near the Bridge of the Gods on the Oregon–Washington border to 13,153 feet at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks. Its midpoint is near Chester, California (near Mt. Lassen), where the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges meet. (Source:, cited April 22, 2023)

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