[pct-l] Options for finishing Nor CA to Manning

Clint Tokash ctokash at comcast.net
Sat Aug 6 09:53:23 CDT 2016

Hi guys. Hoping to get feedback on this plan's feasibility.

I left the trail in early July at Bucks Lake (Northern CA) due to an unhappy
knee and am considering options for finishing my thru-hike as a flip-flop
starting Sept 1.


My plan is to fly into Seattle and take Amtrak to Stevens Pass. Hike
northbound to Manning, take a bus to Vancouver, bus or train to Seattle,
then Amtrak back to Stevens pass to finish my hike southbound. At 25 miles
per day, I think this will put me far enough south in September to avoid any
early winter storms in the Cascades.


1. Would it be better to fly into Portland and start at Cascade Locks
northbound, then flip back there? It looks like Seattle transport is easier,
but I don't really know.

2. Do I need to be concerned about early winter storms (late Sept and Oct)
in Oregon and Northern CA?

3. Should I just forget the thru hike and finish next year starting
northbound from Bucks Lake in July?

~ Burrban


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