Wednesday July 12th, 2017
Canada Border & The Monument
Day #3 — 15 Miles
We made it!!! I am sitting on a log in the clearcut seperating the United States from Canada. Two monuments stand before me: One for the Northen Terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail. The other for the border. I can’t believe I’m here! I am home for the next 2,650 miles and however many months that takes. The journey offically begins.
This morning began on the edge of an idylic meadow. We ate a quick breakfast and set out to tackle Rock Pass. There is a lot of fear about this short section and, after experiencing it, I understand why. One slip and you are falling a very long way. Sometimes, straight down a cliff. We are fortunate because there is little snow. The traverse was simple assuming you don’t suffer vertigo. In that case, DO NOT look down.
There is fresh snowmelt streaming from Woody Pass, the opposite side of Rock Pass. I stopped for a drink and continued on up and over the pass. I lack words to describe the views from the next section. All the way to Hopkins Lake, I stopped stupefied at the expanse before me. Views for miles and miles and miles.
We switchback down to Hopkins lake travesing some snow. I went straight down the spine of snow slightly bummed that I do not get to play with my ice ax. I hate carrying things I’m not using! Oh well. Another adventure!
Hopkins lake is SOO refreshing! I jumped in twice washing away days of dirt and sweat. The water also helped keep the mosquittoes off of me. There are many here. The water is cold enough to soothe my muscles but not enough to rob my breath. Perfect.
The walk from here to the border is all downhill. The trail deteriorates the closer you get, lots of downfall and the trail is overgrown in sections. Not bad, just enough to make one appreciate the highway that is most of the trail.
At the border, we sit and soak it in. We remove the heavy brass top of the marker for the 78th parallel and remove the trail register. We read the previoius entries and write our own. Then, we sit for dinner hanging out until it’s time for bed. I tie my mosquitto netting to the PCT monument and sleep at it’s base. I wanted a photo with the stars but I forgot to set an alarm. Oh well.