PCT Day #9-18
Stehekin to Skykomish, Washington
Mile 2461

Hey! I have decided to change up the format for the blog. As much as I want to daily post, it’s just not practical. I’ll now post for each section and narrow the photos to a select few. Wifi and time is in short supply out here.

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I arrived in Stehekin on July 18th after practically running 22 miles to make the 3pm shuttle into town. I had a ressuply box waiting and the Post Office closes before the next shuttle would have arrived. My feet were destroyed from boots one size too small. I ripped them off and went barefoot until leaving the next day on the 6pm shuttle. I could barely walk, the pain was so intense. Fortunately, the chafing on my toes mostly healed in time as my calluses grow.

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Stehekin is a VERY tiny "town" in Washington.
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The Stehekin Lodge offers fine dining for a price. Dinner starts at $17. I ate out of my food bag...
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The town is accessible by foot, boat, or plane only. Post office packages sit on the dock waiting for the boat out of town.
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Sunset in Stehekin over the lake.

I neroed out of Stehekin hiking five miles the first night. This section was challenging with tons of up and down. I’ve heard it said this is the most difficult section of the entire trail. I took my time enjoying lazy mornings in camp sipping coffee and soaking in the views. This trail offers SOO many rewards for the work.

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Leaving Stehekin, the trail climbs up and up towards Glacier Peak. It peaks from tree and cloud making miles hard. I stop and snap shot after shot of the epic peak.

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Also making miles hard are all the lakes! We stop and filter water then strip down and jump in icy water that relaxes sore and tired muscles. A dip in a freezing lake is almost as good as a zero!

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We meet a hiker who decides to jump off trail. His sister is meeting him at a nearby trailhead and he has too much food. We are given three packs of pre-cooked bacon, a pound of string cheese, and two chocolate bars! Real cheese and bacon in my mac n’ cheese… Thanks soo much Dave!!!!

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Dave pointing to Glacier Peak.
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Camp below the bridge over the Swuiattle River.
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Bacon and extra cheese in my Mac please!
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Food cooking in the fire.

One night a deer wandered into camp. I laid beneath my tarp half asleep watching her munch on grass right by my head. I fell back asleep then woke with a start. The area next to my head is dirt… What is it eating??? My camera bag!!! Get out of here deer! Shooo! The deer licked all the sweat from my bag. It was so wet I had to dry it in the sun the next morning… Silly deer.

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Not the culprit but another looking for sweaty hiker salt.
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So much wildlife on trail. Here, a giant marmot cools itself on lingering snow.
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Wildflowers and bees
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Wildflowers EVERYWHERE!!!
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Giants of the forest make me feel small and insignificant. These forests are epic.

Camp life is the best. We sleep beneath an endless sea of stars and sit beside the warmth of fire as we cook and eat our dinners. We sleep low besides raging glacial rivers and high up in the clouds.

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And then, as food supply dwindles to crumbs and garbage, we hear the rush of the highway. Colorful houses dot hillsides and lines of lifts run up hills over the ski resort. It’s time to hitch to Skykomish.

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It is nearly two hours before we find a ride. We jump in a truck at 10pm, hitching into the dark, and make it to Skykomish just before the only kitchen closes. I feasts on Chicken and French fries then crawl into a soft, fluffy bed for the night. We meet the Dinsmores in the morning at the cafe and sleep in their hiker den after a pizza feast.

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I’ve met so many wonderful people out here. Here’s a few more.

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Nameless is the first NOBO hiker I've met. He began early march in the desert and hit the Sierra to early. He skipped a bit ahead but still had to snowshoe for six weeks... Epic Nameless. You killed it buddy.
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Carrot Quinn!!! I've read her blog since her first thru-hike in 2014(?). So cool to finally meet.

8 Comments

  • So far, everything better than I expected about this blog. And I was impressed from the jump! Anyways, thanks very much. I know not easy to do such a remarkable job AND do all the other many hiker chores. Such as hiking!
    Just finished this episode. Ready for more.
    Trek on . . . andale.
    Yermo

    • Support like this makes the extra work worthwhile. Muchos gracias amigo! I really appreciate the kind words.
      Take care!
      Kodak

  • wonderful pictures ! hope you’re doing good on the trail …
    i’m back home and following your adventures 🙂
    Michael aka Nameless
    See you on another trail some other time 😉

    • Thanks! Im well, off the PCT on other adventures. Too many fires in Oregon and NoCal. Hope so my friend! Good luck in the real world!

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