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Local Voices: Scenes from the Pacific Crest Trail, July 8 and 14


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.

July 8

We made it to Crater Lake! (Kind of.) We hiked from Ashland to just south of Crater Lake in 4 days, doing two 30-mile days in a row! We got to Mazama Village and had a trail angel pick us up and take us to Chemult, OR. We thought we wouldn’t be able to see the lake, but our trail angel offered to make a quick stop.

We want to be to the northern terminus by August 7, and in order to get there, we decided to skip quite a few miles in Oregon and will pick the trail back up near Mt Hood. I’d say I’m upset, but between the snow, blowdowns, and mosquitoes, I really don’t mind.

Emily Quinn (left) and her brother Michael Carrick pose by Crater Lake. (Photos: Unnamed trail angel)

July 14

We skipped up to Timberline Lodge and have continued hiking north and made it to Trout Lake in Washington! Had awesome views of Mt Hood and Mt Adams and even got a glimpse of Mt Rainier! We’ve got about 3 weeks left on trail, and I couldn’t be more excited LOL.

View of Washington from Oregon (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Big slug! (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Panther Creek Falls (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The end of Oregon and the beginning of Washington! (Photo: Emily Quinn)

View more photos from this section of Emily and Michael’s journey in their July 14 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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