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Local Voices: Scenes from the Pacific Crest Trail, August 1


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.

August 1

In Skykomish, WA, at Glacier Peak Wilderness, Selfies with my favorite little Dr Seuss plant: a western pasqueflower!

“They’re too fuzzy!” said Emily in a comment. (Photo: Emily Quinn)

More from August 1

We made it the 107 miles to Stehekin! This section of trail had amazing views, marmots, and lots of big climbs. We also heard a lot about how the trail was overgrown and filled with blowdowns for some sections, which was definitely true but weren’t as bad as everyone was saying. We could get over most of the blowdowns easily or go around them. The overgrown parts were at least overgrown with different berries so we had snacks as we pushed our way through. We’re now in the town of Stehekin, which is only accessible by foot or by boat! We have 80-something miles left until we reach the border!

Sunrise on the mountain. (Photo: Emily Quinn)
It was cold this morning, and I had mailed my gloves home, so I put socks on my hands. (Photo: Michael Carrick)
One of the trees that fell over onto the trail. (Photo: Michael Carrick)
A marmot! (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Part of the overgrown section of the trail. (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Mica Lake (Photo: Emily Quinn)
The zig-zag you can see is the Pacific Crest Trail. We went all the way down and went right back up. (Photo: Emily Quinn)
Broken bridge we had to cross. (Photo: Emily Quinn)

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.


  1. Your trip should be made into a documentary. You have the the experience, knowledge and advice for, I am sure, a large audience. I have enjoyed being part of your trek….remotely. Again, be safe and congratulations on an achievement most will never know. 👏❤️

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