Walked 10 miles to Trout Lake, WA for a resupply. The huckleberry lemonade is good. Looking forward to Goat Rock Wilderness and passing Mount Adams in the next few days.
A little higher elevation now, much more alpine. We can see Mount Adams and Mount St Helens. It is so much less hot than Oregon. It is easy to hike through the day without frying now.
Another 22 miles or so north. Still relatively low elevation, but much cooler than Oregon so far which makes the hiking much more enjoyable. Saw some clear-cuts. Someone told us that is Mt Adam’s we can see.
It was surprisingly difficult to get from Portland, Oregon to the Cascade Locks. But we finally made it! We crossed the (very windy) Bridge of the Gods over the Columbia River gorge and now we are in Washington for the next 500 miles.
At the rate we are walking we probably wouldn’t get to the Canadian border until after Oct 1st which is the end of our ‘weather window.’ Thus, we are skipping ahead to the Washington/Oregon border. This should ensure that we make it through the North Cascades to the Canadian border with better weather. We will then come back and finish the Oregon section. To this end, we have mailed out all of our Washington resupply packages and we will drive a rental car up to the Washington border tomorrow. My guess is cell service will be spotty at best in Washington…
Passed 1700 miles. Now we are in Ashland, Oregon taking a day or two off.
Woohoo. Finally out of California and into Oregon!
Up before sunrise to climb out of the valley before it gets too terribly hot. Lots of poison oak along the way.
Walking down to Seiad Valley. Feet are getting a bit tired these days especially because of the 6 mile road walk. Staying at the RV park which has a TV playing the Olympics.
Into the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Surprise surprise, it is also nice. A kangaroo rat jumped into our (unfiltered) water here.