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Local Voices: Scenes from the Pacific Crest Trail, July 18


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 18

We’ve made it to White Pass! This section had lots of mosquitos, lake swims, beautiful views, and some not so great views. The knife’s edge is supposed to be one of the most beautiful parts of the PCT, but we got to hike it in fog and 25mph winds! Luckily it opened up a couple of times, and we got a glimpse of what we should normally be able to see.

Also, the first day out of Trout Lake, I did something to my knee, and it’s been hurting on and off since then, so Michael will be hiking ahead to Snoqualmie Pass, and I will be taking 5 days off to hopefully fix my knee. Then I’ll meet him at Snoqualmie to continue on if everything works out.

Weird cloud that looks like a bird w a rainbow (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Mt. Adams (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Lake we swam in during our lunch break (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Dinner with views of Mt Rainier (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Hiking in the fog and snow (Photo: Emily Quinn)
The knife’s edge section of trail (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Using my rain poncho as a wind breaker. Hiked this narrow trail in 25mph winds. (Photo: Michael Carrick)

View more photos from this section of Emily and Michael’s journey in their July 18 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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  1. I am sorry to read about your knee. You are both so brave to have taken on this incredible journey. Your photos are always amazing. I hope your knee improves so that you can continue soon. Good luck,

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