[pct-l] Options for finishing Nor CA to Manning
timpnye at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 16:11:42 CDT 2016
All of this depends on your conditioning and experience.
The climb North from Interstate 90 will tell you how your knee is as will the subsequent descent. Otherwise, this sounds complicated from a travel standpoint, at least to me. You may surprise yourself as to the miles you can do.
I’d be inclined to do all of Washington in one go, if only because its so beautiful that if you don’t finish you’ll have great memories. If you do this, try not to get caught up in a group that will compromise your mileage. You’ll be fully conditioned by then. Absent snow, you could make good time through Oregon SoBo, or even take the train to Dunsmuire and hike NorBo from Castella. Oregon is where you can makeup the most miles, IMO.
Now ask yourself about your level of experience. Can you handle snow? Navigation skills? Gear? Minimizing avalanche risks and extra calorie expenditure? Basically, are you prepared mentally? Have you checked when resupply spots in Oregon close for the season?
As a note of caution, just to keep things real, check with Andrea Dinsmore about I’m Fine and his experience in the North Cascades a couple of years ago.
There are no guarantees about the weather. The Donner Party got stuck in October. However, the trail is accessible as is the outside world from the trail.
Just a few thoughts.
On Aug 6, 2016, at 2:28 PM, Jerry's gmail <geraldbking at gmail.com> wrote:
> Starting at Cascade Locks seems like a good option. There are several ways people get from PDX to CCL including a couple of bus transfers. I'd put out a request for a ride on this list or FB. I can't do early September, but keep my email for a possible ride on your second trip to CCL.
> Of course snow can fly any time after September 25th, but the Oregon cascades are often passible, albeit wet and colder until about October 20th, then all bets are off. Flexibility and a bailout plan are key.
> Good luck,
>> On Aug 6, 2016, at 7:53 AM, Clint Tokash <ctokash at comcast.net> wrote:
>> 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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