I arrived at Hart’s Pass by 11 AM. Hart’s Pass is a trailhead on the last road before Canada, at about 30 miles away. Most thru hikers not going into Canada will turn around and hike back here and try to catch a ride. I walked up to the trailhead to use the privy before getting back on trail. In a truly bittersweet but wonderful occurrence, a group of people were doing some amazing trail magic. Sandwiches, snacks, cold beer, soda, etc. It was put on by Pilgrim and Easy, with help from Tyler. Pilgrim was an older hiker who put in 1000 miles this year before taking time off due to injury. Tyler was a class of a 2018 hiker who drove down from Canada. Their combined forces made for some amazing trail magic on my last full day of hiking on the PCT.
After chowing down for a while and drinking a non-zero number of beers, I got back on trail to meet my goal of the day. The rest of the day was as beautiful as earlier and even more mountainous.
Washington has been a state of firsts. I picked my first huckleberries, I stayed in my first log cabin, I camped on my first mountain peak, and I saw my first mountain goat. Tonight nim camping bat a pass for the first time. Just a couple hundred feet above me is Woody Pass, the second to last pass of Washington and the PCT.
Tomorrow will be a relaxing morning of 11 miles to the border and the monument. I’ll spend some time there soaking it all in before hiking into Canada. I may go all the way to Manning Park, a whole 8 miles, or I may stop before then. I’m going to not plan something for once and just go with the flow.
Main Photo: The earliest view of where I was camping ahead–Woody Pass. September 5.