Hike Distance: 7.6 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1317.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 746 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 174711 feet
It was another wonderful day of providing Trail Magic on the PCT in southern Washington. My wife and I headed south from Carson-Guler Road (south of Indian Heaven Wilderness) past the lava fiow and toward Big Huckleberry Mountain, providing trail magic to 15 wonderful thru-hikers along the way! Everyone seemed excited about the news of being able to bypass the Pasayten Wilderness fire and reach the northern monument from the US side of the trail. 🙂 Another great group of people and we wished them a fun and safe remainder of their journey!
Hike Distance: 8.5 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1310.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 861 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 173965 feet
Such a gorgeous day and no people seen the entire day. Your typical forest walk but so nice to be in the fresh air. I really wish my feet were doing better but I’m doing my best to take care of them. I’m not sure what has been causing my feet problems but the forest roads are a bit harsh on them, with all the gravel and twisting of my ankles. I guess it’s just another issue that I’ll work through. 🙂
Hike Distance: 5.9 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1301.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 727 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 173104 feet
I started out late and stayed close to home for this hike. It’s a great place to go when time is limited! It was a bit warm but such a beautiful day. I looped around the park and took my time and enjoyed this beautiful forest. It was fortunate that I didn’t see more than a half dozen people on the trail.
Hike Distance: 7.4 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1295.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 1051 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 172377 feet
What an amazing day providing Trail Magic on the north side of Indian Heaven Wilderness in Washington! We drove in to the parking area, just off Twin Buttes Road, and immediately saw Farmer Tom with his amazing Trail Magic setup. We talked a while and soon left to hike south on the PCT and provided our typical Oreos and Starbucks Via coffee packets.
We didn’t expect so many thru-hikers on this section of the trail and almost ran out of goodies. We also didn’t expect such a blustery and wet day, but appreciated the rain after having so much heat and smoke in the past weeks.
We met 32 thru-hikers and had so many great conversations! All the thru-hikers were NOBOs and we were so impressed with how upbeat and in great spirits they were despite the weather.
We also met a thru-hiker named Farmer John, who at 79 y.o. is such an inspiration to all who look forward to continuing their hiking journey in the golden years! He mentioned having hiked the PCT for 30 years, and we wish him many more years of amazing adventures!
We got back to our car and found five thru-hikers inside their tents, staying out of the rain. We left them each with a few extra treats and a bottle of Powerade/Gatorade. Such a wonderful day.
Hike Distance: 8.5 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1288.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1520 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 171326 feet