Hike Distance: 8.3 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 980.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1079 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 122589 feet
Another sunny and warm day, and another chance to provide some PCT Trail Magic! We headed out toward Panther Creek (WA) and hiked a section between it, and just past Wind River. We really didn’t expect to see many thru-hikers, but thought we’d give it a try anyway.
We first walked down to Panther Creek before heading south on the PCT. We were carrying plenty of Oreo Cookies and Starbucks Via coffee packets. Our packs were heavy but it’s a small price to pay for the enjoyment we get. As we walked south it was evident that this section needs to be brushed out. The vegetation had encroached upon the trail, and it felt like we were pushing through a thick jungle. I trimmed many overhanging branches but the impact seemed minimal. At least we cut everything that would have slapped you in the face! There were also two downed trees, but they were easily scooted under.
Crossing the Wind River Hwy, to stay on the PCT, we noticed some containers for garbage and goodies. They were chained to the trees, which I understand. A very nice gesture, although the fruit in the container was all gone.:( We crossed over the Wind River bridge but didn’t linger long due to a very noisy (screaming and loud music) group of people that were along the shore. It wasn’t until we were almost about to turn around that we bumped into a section hiker named “Treemon”. He was a very nice older gentleman that was completing the last section of his PCT journey, by completing the state of Washington. He didn’t want the Oreos or coffee, and my wife gladly gave him the apple she brought along!
We turned around, near Bunker Hill, and headed back towards the trailhead. We again bumped into “Treemon” and also into two other section hikers, that were also hiking the state of Washington. They had no trail name. The other two hikers mentioned that we were the first Trail Angels that had ever met! We gave them Oreos, and they were on their way.
Although we didn’t see any thru-hikers, that had flipped up here to avoid the snowy Sierra’s, it was a productive day. We did meet some nice section hikers, were on our favorite trail and it was a beautiful day. 🙂