pacific northwest trail thru-hike

My first thru-hike of a National Scenic Trail was a truly rugged adventure. The Pacific Northwest Trail was much more difficult than I expected. I ran into just 7 thru-hikers that year, and the first two blazes marking the trail were separated by a distance of nearly 100 miles. Because of its east-to-west orientation, each and every mountain range from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean is crossed, making 10,000 ft of elevation gain/loss each day normalcy. Rugged, and absolutely beautiful.

July 2 – August 23, 2014

1,103 miles

53 days, 2 zero days – Westbound

Mt. Wam Lookout – Montana

Mt. Wam Lookout – Montana

Near Priest Lake – Idaho

Near Priest Lake – Idaho

Pasaytan Wilderness – Washington

Pasaytan Wilderness – Washington