In 2016 I set out from the Canadian border to attempt my second long distance thruhike of the Pacific Crest Trail, walking 2,650 miles south to the Mexican border.

 

In 2015 I hiked the PCT northbound, from Mexico to Canada. Find out what made me want to do it all over again. 

GO NORTHBOUND

What is the Pacific Crest Trail?

  • Location: Washington, Oregon, California.
  • Southern Terminus: Campo, California
  • Northern Terminus: Washington/Canada border (you can’t walk into the USA from Canada).
  • Distance: 2660 miles, plus extra for side trips to get water, trips into towns and side adventures like climbing Mt Whitney!
  • Highest Point: Forrester Pass 13,153ft / 4,009m
  • Lowest point: Cascade Locks 140ft / 43m
  • Elevation: -483,735 / +482,741 that’s the equivilant of climbing Everest – from sea to summit and back down again – over 16 times!!

On the trail

Day 1 – Going North
Day 2 – The Pacific North Wet
Day 3 – To Canada And Back
Day 4 – Puff Puff And The Nearly Dead
Day 5 – Back To The Start
Day 6 – Blow By Blow
Day 7 – All Downhill (With A Bit Of Up)
Day 8 – Infamy
Day 9 – Stehekin
Day 10 – ‘Alone’ In The Woods
Day 11 – Too Much Up
Day 12 – Friendly Faces
Day 13 – I Hope You Find What You’re Looking For
Day 14 – A People Day
Day 15 – Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Day 16 – Avocados Are Great
Day 17 – Fallen Trees And Loose Rocks
Day 18 – Snoqualmie
DAY 19 – Mountains and Molehills
DAY 20 – Back In The Game
DAY 21 – Friends!
DAY 22 – Foot Tambourine
DAY 23 – Packwood
DAY 24 – Leaving Packwood
DAY 25 – The Knife Edge
DAY 26 – This Is Washington
DAY 27 – Trout Lake
DAY 28 – Return Of The Flies
DAY 29 – Hotter Than Hot
DAY 30 – 30 Miler
DAY 31 – Cascade Locks
DAY 32 – Not Happy
DAY 33 – A Tough Start But A Great Finish
DAY 34 – Trees
DAY 35 – Oregon Is NOT Flat
DAY 36 – The Pressure Is On
DAY 37 – Almost Vortexed
DAY 38 – 30 Miles And Still Time For A Burger
DAY 39 – The Herd
DAY 40 – Disappointment At Shelter Cove
DAY 41 – A Sense Of Calm
DAY 42 – Enough Of The Dust Already
DAY 43 – Crater Lake
DAY 44 – A Long Slog
DAY 45 – Magical South Brown Mountain Shelter
DAY 46 – Distractions
DAY 47 – The End Of Oregon
DAY 48 – Hello California
DAY 49 – NorCal Is Underrated
DAY 50 – Everyone Loves A Poo Story
DAY 51 – Shasta
DAY 52 – The Last Of The Northbounders?
DAY 53 – The Weather Is Definitely On The Turn
DAY 54 – Bear Tracking
DAY 55 – It’s A New Dawn, It’s A New Day
DAY 56 – Hat Creek Rim
DAY 57 – 9:30am, Burger Time
DAY 58 – Hangry Hitchhiking
DAY 59 – Chester
DAY 60 – All Hail The Halfway Point
DAY 61 – Belden
DAY 62 – An Emotinal Blip
DAY 63 – A Taste Sensation
DAY 64 – What’s The Point Of A Wasp Anyway
DAY 65 – Sierra City
DAY 66 – It’s All Golden
DAY 67 – A Short Day
DAY 68 – Granite Chief Wilderness
DAY 69 – Too Windy
DAY 70 – Too Cold
DAY 71 – No, I’m Not Australian
DAY 72 – Deer Hunter
DAY 73 – The Fanciest Of Pants
DAY 74 – A New Day
DAY 75 – A Broken Tent
DAY 76 – We Are Definitely In The Sierra Now
DAY 77 – A Push To Tuolumne Meadows
DAY 78 – Mammoth Lakes
DAY 79 – A Day Off
DAY 80 – I Feel Like I’m On Holiday
DAY 81 – Type 2 Fun
DAY 82 – Mr Blue Sky
DAY 83 – Frozen
DAY 84 – Silver Pass
DAY 85 – Selden Pass
DAY 86 – Why Don’t More People Hike The Sierra In October
DAY 87 – Muir Pass
DAY 88 – Mather And Pinchot Passes
DAY 89 – Glen Pass, Kearsarge Pass And Independence
DAY 90 – Independence
DAY 91 – Ups And Downs
DAY 92 – A Blustery Day
DAY 93 – 3:30am Solo Summit Of Mt Whitney
DAY 94 – Windy Cold Thirsty Tired Hungry Sandy
DAY 95 – A Change Of Scene
DAY 96 – Kennedy Meadows
DAY 97 – Unexpected Faces
DAY 98 – The Last 700 Miles
DAY 99 – Bears!!
DAY 100 – Lake Isabella
DAY 101 – Time Is A Healer
DAY 102 – Miles Of Desert
DAY 103 – Miles Of Wind Farms
DAY 104 – To Tehachapi
DAY 105 – An Unplanned Zero
DAY 106 – The Rise Of The Machines
DAY 107 – Not So Creepy Town
DAY 108 – A Thoroughly Miserable Day
DAY 109 – What A Difference A Day Makes
DAY 110 – Hiker Heaven
DAY 111 – Fire Closure
DAY 112 – Mt Williamson
DAY 113 – I Just Want To Eat Real Food
DAY 114 – The Lure Of The Besty Westy
DAY 115 – Too Much Civilisation
DAY 116 – Disgusting Deep Creek
DAY 117 – Today Was A Bit Boring
DAY 118 – Food
DAY 119 – When Everything Went Wrong
DAY 120 – Not How I Wanted To See A Bear
DAY 121 – Descent To Mission Creek
DAY 122 – The Desert Is Too Hot
DAY 123 – ‘Happy’ Birthday Catwater
DAY 124 – A Wrong Turn
DAY 125 – Idyllwild
DAY 126 – Winter Is Coming
DAY 127 – 5000 Miles
DAY 128 – Moove Cows
DAY 129 – Julian
DAY 130 – Wash Out
DAY 131 – Tension
DAY 132 – Sing It Loud
DAY 133 – Devil Winds
DAY 134 – She Believed She Could So She Did. Twice.

Post-trail