The 2018 hike was two back to back hikes August 13-17 , Hart’s Pass to Rainy Pass and August 18-26, Rainy Pass to Suiattle River. Details 2018
Trip 1 was beautiful in spite of a smoky start. The first camp was among the trees surrounding a beautiful alpine meadow that included a nice seasonal stream.
The next day we dropped 2000′ to a camp on the banks of the Methow River. Then it was back up to Methow Pass to camp below the icy Snow Lakes where some of the team had a swim.
Our last camp was made in the trees on the slopes above Porcupine Creek, just a few miles from our destination of Rainy Pass.
Trip 2 began at Rainy Pass with a celebratory lunch with the folks from Trip 1 and a reunion between Derek and his pals, the Llamas.
Friday night’s camp was just down the path from the PCTA Bridge Replacement Project and Bill was kind enough to show us the progress. The next morning it was time to hit the trail in earnest and that night’s stop was at the South Fork Campground on the way to Stehekin.
Sunday we camped at the Bridge Creek Campground made famous by the attack on the Professor (aka AC Woolnough) by several angry hornets during the 2017 trip. No stings this year.
Monday we arrived at the highly anticipated Stehekin Valley Ranch where the team rested for a couple of days, was re-supplied by Trail Angel Extraordinare Carrie, and bid Baguette (aka Brian) goodbye. Time was spent planning an alternate route made necessary by a fire on the trail to Suiattle Pass and Wednesday the crew headed up the Rainbow Creek trail.
Thursday’s camp was made by the beautiful Rainbow Meadows where the smoke cleared and then it was back down to rejoin the PCT at the familiar South Fork Campground. Their last night on the trip was spent in the campground just shy of Rainy Pass.