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.A hot hiking day into Stevens Pass.

  • Date: Friday July 31, 2015
  • Miles hiked: 17.64 PCT
  • Miles covered: 2443.98 to 2461.62 PCT
  • Weather Report: Low 54, High 94, sunny and hot low humidity. Generally in the upper 80s for most of the day
  • Wildlife seen: Deer, chipmunks, squirrels... the usual
  • Mood of the day: Feeling good, but looking forward to town

There actually isn't much to report today. I got up early, and was on the trail at 6:50am. It's a town day, yay, and I wanted to make quick work down the trail before it got too hot.

The trail today was kind of a roller coaster: lots of very steep mile-long sections, going up and then down, then level, then up and then down. Plenty of scenic views, and as I got within ten miles of Stevens Pass trailhead, there were plenty of hikers getting a jump on their weekend as well. For some reason there were lots of salmonberry bushes along the trail, I once again learned that they look tempting but aren't really that tasty.

I did bump into Bipolar on the trail as he was resting, greeting him with "Paul!!" and chatted for a bit. He was hiking with a buddy named Lyle, and heading into Skykomish as well. I kinda expected to see him in the evening, but didn't see him, ah well.

I followed the trail down to the parking lot, past the Stevens Pass Resort, then said "Hey, I deserve a beer on this hot day", and treated myself to a beer. There were lots of mountain bikers around, I got to chatting with one of them about everything. It was a pleasant afternoon of not doing much; I might just hit the place for lunch before heading out tomorrow.

Around 5 I wandered down the steps to the parking lot and asking folks for a ride and got one quickly: the simple "Hi, I'm looking for a ride down to , can you help?" works well, and the second guy I asked said "Absolutely!" His passenger side floor had a few REI receipts on it; his name is Chuck and he works at the REI flagship store in Seattle in the bike department. Thanks Chuck, for the ride to Skykomish.

I remember visiting Skykomish a couple of decades ago, and it's still very small. My little stop for the night, the Cascadia Inn, was comfy, and I considered eating dinner in the restaurant (pan fried salmon) but the Whistle Stop next door got raves for its pressure cooked fried chicken, so that was a must. Damn was it tasty, a winner.

Not much else after that--packed up my pack, surveyed my food, uploaded pictures to Flickr, checked the weather (cooling, maybe even cloudy, maybe even showers in five days) I looked at more details about the fire closure just before Stehekin, about six days walk away, and decided it would either be over or not. I pretty much fell asleep with the lights on at 11. Still have to order new trekking poles and get a Greyhound ticket from Manning Park to Vancouver. The end is near!


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