Monday, August 24, 2015

PCT 2015 -> Days 124-133 (8/13-8/22) (miles 2,351-2,540)

I've made it to mile 2,540, which is 110 trail miles south of the Canadian border and 75 trail miles north of Stevens Pass, WA (Highway US-2).

Due to the Blankenship Fire closure in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, I've had to exit the trail near the Suiattle River at mile 2,540 and roadwalk 30 miles out to the town of Darrington WA.  

While only 1 fire is forcing the PCT closure, there are many large fires in northern Washington at the moment.  Regaining the PCT north of mile 2,540 is not possible due to trail closures, road closures, and the quickly evolving fire situation.  Hwy 20 is even closed to Rainy Pass due to fire. So, my hike is on a temporary hold with 110 miles to go.

The plan is to get back on trail when fire conditions improve, and make it to Canada.

Photos below are from the last 200 miles of trail including Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Henry M Jackson Wilderness, and Glacier Peak Wilderness areas:

Early morning blowing fog - mile 2,375 8/14/15

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Mt Rainer in distance - mile 2,403, 8/17/15

Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Joe Lake

Looking south to Mt Rainer from Alpine Lakes Wilderness, lots of smoke from all the forest fires in the area

Alpine Lakes Wilderness, view looking north

Early morning in Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Forest fire smoke blowing in from the north, Alpine Lakes Wilderness 8/19/15

Town of Skykomish - "a great northern town" 8/19/15
Morning fog in Henry M Jackson wilderness 8/20/15

Glacier Peak Wilderness
Low morning clouds in Glacier Peak Wilderness near Red Pass

Glacier Peak Wilderness

Glacier Peak Wilderness - Kennedy Creek - Mile 2,510, 8/21/15

Glacier Peak Wilderness - camp near Fire Creek Pass, mile 2,517 - 8/21/15

Suiattle River - Mile 2,540 8/22/25

Mile 2,540, exiting the PCT at the fire closure - Suiattle Trail junction 
(in regard to the sign, Rainy Pass is currently not accessible) 8/22/15

Road walking out to the town of Darrington, WA 
after exiting the PCT due to fire closure.  8/23/15