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Local Voices: Scenes from the Pacific Crest Trail, July 27


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 27

Got back on trail at Snoqualmie Pass and hiked to Stevens Pass. Then hung out in Leavenworth and Wenatchee. Tomorrow we’ll start hiking the next section to Stehekin. My knee is swollen and stiff but not too painful, so I think I can make it the last 187 miles to the northern terminus. This section of trail was super pretty and we saw lots of pikas! I’m glad I didn’t have to miss it.

This is a pika! I wanted to take him with me so bad haha. They make cute little squeak noises. (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Huckleberries (Photo: Emily Quinn)
“It doesn’t even look real. Looks like a painting,” wrote one Facebook commenter. (Photo: Emily Quinn)

View more photos from this section of Emily and Michael’s journey in their July 27 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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Local Voices is The Lansing Journal's version of “Letters to the Editor.” The opinions posted here are those of the writers, and posting them does not indicate endorsement by The Lansing Journal. We welcome input from fellow residents who have thoughtful things to say about topics that are important to our community. Submissions may be sent to [email protected] with “Voices” in the subject line.