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.
In Skykomish, WA, at Glacier Peak Wilderness, Selfies with my favorite little Dr Seuss plant: a western pasqueflower!
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!
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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Crest_Trail, cited April 22, 2023)
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