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Sept 4: Exit to Manning Park

Today is a four mile hike, mostly downhill to the small community of Manning Park, the closest town to the northern end of the PCT.  It is technically illegal to hike south on the PCT into the US, but there is nothing really to stop anyone.  Not that I condone ...

Sep 3: campsite above Holman Creek Trail junction to Northern Terminus (PCT miles 2638.3 to 2653.1), and then 4 miles into Canada!

Today is the day I finish the PCT!  I’m so excited!  I have a big uphill in the morning and believe that I’ll be lunching at the Northern Terminus monument.  The sun was rising as I started hiking up and over the next-to-last pass.

This is the start of the ...

Sep 2: Glacier Pass to campsite above Holman Creek Trail junction (PCT miles 2612.6 to 2638.3)

I awoke before dawn to get a jump on the long uphill I have today.  Low clouds were rolling into Glacier Pass as I climbed the ridge above it.

Today is another day full of great views:

After getting above Glacier Pass, the trail is a very gradual up/down traverse, ...

Sep 1: Rainy Pass to Glacier Pass (PCT miles 2589.3 to 2612.6)

I got up early and hiked up to the Rainy Pass Trailhead.  There were a ton of cars in the parking lot, which is to be expected since it is Labor Day Weekend.  I may have some problems finding a campsite tonight…

There were ominous looking clouds in the morning ...

Aug 31: High Bridge Ranger Station to just south of Rainy Pass (PCT miles 2572.4 to 2589.3)

I tried to sleep in this morning: the first shuttle is at 9am and includes a trip to the bakery for breakfast.  Once it got light at about 6am, I just had to get up, so I packed up and moved down to the tables near the store.  My food ...

Aug 30: Pass Creek to High Bridge Ranger Station (PCT miles 2568.2 to 2572.4)

We all got up early to hike the four miles to the High Bridge Ranger Station to catch the shuttle to Stehekin.  Here’s the “High Bridge” near the Ranger Station and Shuttle stop.

The shuttle runs every few hours and wanted to make sure we were on the first one.  ...

Aug 29: Miners Creek to campsite near Pass Creek (PCT miles 2545.0 to 2568.2)

I packed up and hiked up and over a 3,000 foot ridge.  It is finally not bothering me so much that I have large climbs.  My shin is doing fine and only complaining every now and then, the weather is not too hot and the trail is smooth with more ...

Aug 28: Mica Lake to Miners Creek on the Suiattle River (PCT miles 2521.3 to 2545.0)

I awoke before sunrise and started out. The hiking the last few days has been beautiful and that beauty continued today as well.

The trail continued to round the aptly named Glacier Peak

Fall is approaching: gone are most of the flowers, but the Corn Lily plants are turning yellow ...