I don't know if I will ever do the Pacific Crest Trail in its entirety, but I like the idea of doing parts of it. For the most part, you can count on the PCT going through scenically awesome backcountry. This summer, my honey Max and I decided we wanted to do a fairly well-known Washington section- Steven's Pass to Snoqualmie Pass. Here's what the Washington Trails Association website says about this hike:
"Imagine not crossing a road for 75 miles! Backpackers who complete the Snoqualmie- Stevens segment of the Pacific Crest Trail will hike through some of the most remote and diverse mountain country along the entire 2650-mile trail."
We are pretty excited. We are leaving in the morning. We've had to figure out how to get to and from the trailhead, since it's a point-to-point hike. We've wrestled with how much food to bring, and just how much, if any, red wine is practical to carry. We took a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid course together last month just to feel extra prepared.
Max and I are both experienced backpackers, but this trip will definitely step it up a notch for us. We are planning to hike about 75 miles in 6 days, on a section of trail that gains a total of 16,000 feet of elevation. To top it all off, Max just spent Friday and Saturday riding his bike to Vancouver, BC, which is about 200 miles. I have a few more things to put in ziplocks, then I'm headed to bed to get an early start!