Tagged With: Trout River
August 31, 2015 (23rd Re-Ration – Trout Lake)
Trout River (2184.3) to Crest Horse Camp – Trout Lake (2205.8)
21.5 PCT miles today
2242.8 miles total
Today’s Elevation Gain/Loss: + 4,822 ft, – 3,077 ft
Today is one of those days that ended drastically different than it began. We woke up this morning to a damp, cold tent, put on damp, cold clothes, and then stepped out into a damp, cold world. It was hard to tell if it was even raining or not because there was so much water dripping from the trees and the air seemed infused with it. There was little that we were looking forward to and the miles dragged by as I alternately shivered and sweated my way up and over mountains and rivers.
August 30, 2015
Tentsite after Greenleaf Creek (2160.9) to Trout River (2184.3)
23.4 PCT miles today
2221.3 miles total
Today’s Elevation Gain/Loss: + 6,779 ft, – 5,815 ft
Washington has quite possibly been the biggest surprise so far on the PCT. This state is a legitimate rain forest! We have seen more shades of the color green over the last 24 hours than we’ve seen all year. The change from Oregon to Washington happened so immediately and completely that it took us a full day to really grasp the immensity of it. Everything is different, from the wildlife to the trail surface to the weather. The weather is really the big one. It hasn’t stopped raining for more than a couple minutes since we entered this state. After months of blue, clear skies, the continuous rainfall is a bit of a shock to the system. Everything we own, including ourselves, is wet and it is so humid out that nothing stands a chance at drying out anytime soon. We are taking all the changes in stride, trying to make light of our wet gear and wrinkled feet, smiling at the exotic, lush beauty all around, and reminding ourselves that days like today are all part of the adventure.