I‘m not sure how I will feel about this section when I get to it. I was near here in July of 2014 when I climbed Mt. Baker with some really good friends so I know it’s going to be just as spectacular as it was then but it also signifies the end of the journey and hopefully I’ll get to cross the finish line into Canada with some of you. If you chose to be with me at the start it would be super special to have you at the finish as well. Once into Canada we will hop on a bus headed for Vancouver where a good shower, soft bed, food and plenty of celebrating awaits. Drinks on me!

From The Guide Book

Pacific Crest Trail by Wilderness Press

The final leg of the PCT leads from the North Cascades Highway (Washington 20) at Rainy Pass to Manning Provinical Park, British Columbia. In this relatively short trek, there is vehicle access only at Harts Pass (30 miles north), where gravel Road 5400 crosses the crest to serve a turn-of-the-century 19th to 20th mining district.

In this section, the PCT is well east of much of the Cascade Range. To the west, Mt. Baker, Mt. Shucksan and the Picket Range receive the brunt of any bad weather. Over all snow accumulation along the PCT route here is much less than it is at Mt. Baker, and PCT hikers may enjoy sunshine when Puget Sound and the western mountains are cloud- and rain-bound. Nonetheless, untill midsummer, hikers should be prepared for a snow-covered and icy trail. After the snow melts, the mosquitos have a hay day, so the most pleasant month to hike this section is, usually September. Typically, the winter snows do not start in earnest untill at least October (but beware the exception!)

Near Rainy Pass, the scenery is spectacular, and many mountains are crowned with craggy spires of Golden Horn granodiorite. Consequently, the PCT only occasionally follows the crest of the Cascades exactly: much of the mileage is in long traverses and river valleys. Even if backpackers were as surefooted and agile as mountain goats, they would not choose a route true to the divide. Then, as the intrusive rocks give way to lower Cretaceous graywacks, the terrain becomes hilly, so the PCT can follow the crest more closely than before.

North of Harts Pass, the PCT offers a variety of scenery and terrain. High meadows, wooded slopes and valleys, as well as rugged, precipitous ridges make up the bulk of this section, which traverses the backbone of the 790-square-mile Pasayten Wilderness. in good weather, the views are frequently spectacular, Particularly in the fall when larch, spruce, and scrub maple splash gold, green, and red across the slopes.

 

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