I really enjoy the last sentence in the guide books description. In all, this section will challenge your legs, lift your spirits, and probably confirm your reason for backpacking. I don’t think anything else needs to be said, it gives me hope and the expectation of excitement and challenge. I feel this way about the entire PCT and hope that you will join me for a portion that also excites you.

For a Co-hiker (i.e. You) this section as well as most of the others offer easy entry and exit points to the PCT. There is a bus station in Snoqualmie Pass at the beginning and at the end in the town of Skykomish where we will be hanging out and resting for a day or so while we resupply for the next leg. Check out the plan here.

From The Guide Book

Wilderness press, Pacific Crest Trail

From high traverses along craggy crests, to meadowland tours past swimmable lakes, to forest walks near churning rivers, this section bisects a spectacular variety of Cascade backcountry, making for a classic , week-long backpack. This is the land of Alpine Lake Wilderness, an area that was so designated after one of the 1970,s most bitter wilderness battles.

From Snoqualamie Pass, the PCT climbs directly to the crest-top crags and boldly traverses right among them. Confronted by Chikamin Peak and brutal Lemah Mountain, it relinquishes the divide, swerving east to where summer storms generally dissipate into clear skies. On this stretch, the route dips into and climbs out of two major watersheds, Lemah Creek and the Waptus River. It then works back to and weaves along the descending divide, visiting a number of memorably scenic lake basins on its way to Stevens Pass. In all, this section will challenge your legs, lift your spirits, and probably confirm your reason for backpacking.

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