It started to rain around 11 AM and then the day started to wear on me. It wasn’t particularly wet, I just had to cover a lot of ground and the miles didn’t seem to come quick enough. The trail dropped sharply as I descended toward Cascade Locks and every step was jarring. I was ready to be sitting down with a burger and a beer.
Around 6:30 PM I rolled into Cascade Locks and headed for the campground. In the light rain I set up my tarp and hoped it would keep me dry tonight. I then headed to the Cascade Locks Ale House for a free PCT hiker beer and to order some food. “Some” food ended up being the Hiker Trash Burger, two 6 oz. burgers I’m between two personal pepperoni pizzas instead of a bun. It was pretty dang good, and I saved half for breakfast tomorrow.
Tomorrow I hike into Washington and begin the final stretch of the PCT. I’m excited, sad, eager, and nervous to finish the trail. This has only been my life for a few months now, but I don’t really know what I’ll do when it’s all done.
Main Photo: Mt. Hood seem from the northwest ridgeline heading toward Cascade Locks on August 21.