Finally! Just talked with a knowledgeable forest service hiker here in Ashland, OR, and learned that in 10 days the trails should be very good to go! Also called Gifford Pinchot National Forest and they are saying the same! I am so excited I can barely stand it!
After reading all the other thru-hikers and part-way hikers journals I’ve been beside myself, like a pony left at the gate while all the others have gone running in the field. Now there is a date that I’m shooting for to set off from the Columbia River north through Washington State.
My goal is to at least complete one state’s worth of PCT. Originally I had intended to hike over a thousand miles, but late winter storms dumping unusual loads of spring snow in the entire northwest have made me have to change plans and learn lots of patience.
If I were going with someone else, and was in excellent shape already, and didn’t mind using crampons and ice picks and camping in the snow, I could’ve left long ago. But that’s not what this season is about for me. I want summer hiking, no snow, no raging rivers to cross, and a low-risk beautiful time in the wilderness.
So FINALLY! I’m shooting for departing on the PCT from the Columbia River crossing on July 22, 2010. Looking forward to possibly meeting some of the hikers whose journals I’ve been reading. The clock is ticking, I’m on countdown…stay tuned 🙂