Pacific Crest Trail Journals

Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass

September 8 – September 11, 2010

On my way out of Snoqualmie Pass I stopped at the convenience store to grab a cup of coffee and check-in with my SPOT. I left my SPOT outside so it could reach its satellites and headed inside to order. When I came back out, my SPOT was gone. I asked around and left contact info in case it turned up but I’m guessing that someone saw it and thought “Hey, an expensive looking piece of gadgetry, I should steal that!” Little did they know that it’s basically a worthless, orange brick if you aren’t the owner.

After dealing with the side effects of having my SPOT stolen (i.e. making sure that people on my SPOT contact list didn’t call SAR because the check-ins stopped), I finally started hiking in the late afternoon. The ridge leading out of Snoqualmie was socked in and visibility was minimal. I camped early, shortly after I’d finished the big climb out of Snoqualmie, and spent the night reading Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven. The next few days were largely uneventful: more wet weather, more low-visibility hiking, but also short glimpses of the deep canyons and towering ridgelines that lie between Snoqualmie and Stevens Passes.

On September 11th I strolled up to Stevens Pass and caught a ride down to the Dinsmore’s Hiker Haven, a trail angel stop I’d been anticipating since getting to Washington. I’d originally planned to just spend the rest of the day there and get an early start back on the trail the next day but, as has happened so often, I ended up extending my stay and taking a zero. I’m planning to meet my parents at Manning Park and they cannot be there until the 19th at the earliest, the 20th more ideally. With my pace and the distance from Stevens Pass to the border, I should have no problem finishing by the 20th, even with a zero thrown in.

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