So, Oregon by far was my least favourite state. I additionally solely hiked about 100-200 miles of it. It was mentally, emotionally, and bodily draining. My ft throbbed with ache and have been pink and swollen from all of the lava rock.

Nevertheless, Bend was wonderful. It was probably the most energetic and enjoyable city. There was all the time one thing to do. We floated the river, went to a music competition, scored some berries on the farmers market, and went to an artwork competition downtown. Additionally shout out to Avid Cider and Crux brewery in Bend, they offer out a free drink to PCT hikers.


Essentially the most beautiful part I’ve hiked this far. Big valley’s, beautiful peaks, excessive passes, blue skis, lovely lakes, and large climbs. We acquired rained on for someday, and it was additionally tremendous scorching for our previous few days  which was robust on the physique.

Goat rocks wilderness was wonderful. Knifes edge was truthfully terrifying for me, however the views have been so price it! We have been informed that on this part the mosquitoes would begin to get dangerous, however they by no means did. Total this state was wonderful, and for those who’re going to do a bit of the PCT make it Washington!!


Sadly our time on the PCT in Washington was minimize brief due to a fireplace. We anticipated this, however had gotten fortunate by nearly all of WA with no fires. Then, 81 miles from the border we have been stopped due to a fireplace.

We might have skipped as much as Harts go and simply did the final 30 to the border. Nevertheless, the air high quality is horrible, restricted water, and it’s so very popular. So we’re going to drive into Canada and tag the border that manner. Which isn’t the best way any of us need to do it, nevertheless we don’t actually have a alternative. 

Washington isn’t the one state on the PCT on hearth. There are fires in Oregon and Northern California. A number of cities are underneath evacuation, and some sections of path are closed. 

Kinda Completed the PCT 

Fires stopping my hike prematurely is certainly disappointing. Not the best way I wished to finish your hike, however not less than we acquired to Washington. I’ve walked extra miles in 6 months than some folks stroll of their whole lives. 

Nevertheless, I consider the PCT is a private journey. I don’t suppose it’s one thing confined to a path, however it’s outlined by your individual thoughts. The path is 2,655 miles formally, and by definition for those who didn’t do precisely that you just didn’t bodily full the PCT. That being mentioned every particular person on the PCT has their very own journey and objectives that they’re attempting to realize.

Perhaps somebody started in Mexico and located that their journey and goal on the PCT had been fulfilled by the top of the Sierras and so they determine to get off. That’s their journey and their choice. That’s the completion of their hike. 

Aches and Pains 

The aches and pains in path have been persistent since day one. The blisters within the desert, throbbing foot ache in Nor Cal, and aching knees in Washington. It was by no means ending. The folks made the PCT on the expertise that it was. We had tramily dinners, bar crawls, birthdays, breakfast, and so many little recollections that made the trial expertise.


This brings up accidents. I’ve identified a couple of folks that have gotten off trial or taken a brake due to accidents. When somebody is injured on path, it appears to be of their decrease physique. Primarily as a result of we’re utilizing our legs probably the most. I rolled my ankle 200 miles from Canada, my good friend rolled hers on mile one, and one other good friend from path acquired off due to her knee. Accidents on path are anticipated, hello not avoidable, but it surely’s about the way you overcome the scenario. 

The one factor we all the time say about climbing the PCT is that climbing is that the climbing is the more severe half.

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