[pct-l] thru-hiker sightings 9-10 near Snoqualmie and alternate route musings
conniedavis at earthlink.net
Mon Sep 11 23:10:36 CDT 2006
My son and I (other son, Tristan, not Mongous) hiked north on the PCT
up to Ridge Lake from Snoqualmie Pass in the mist on Saturday and day
hiked above Joe Lake on Sunday in the brilliant sunshine. On our hike
out on Sunday morning, we met the following thru-hikers:
They are very bummed about their fire detours/PCT closure. They almost
universally expressed a wish for a monument photo. Some of them
wondered if they could get across to Canada on the Ross Lake detour,
then hitch up to Manning and hike into the monument. I told them that
unfortunately, the PCT is closed from Manning to the border, too. Info
on Manning Park is at
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/manning.html (The map
is not very helpful, you really can't tell what is the PCT, but
basically all the backcountry trails in Manning are closed.) The RCMP
late last week also asked people to not drive on Hwy 3 east of Hope due
to poor visibility from smoke.
The inci website is good for updates on the fires.
I've been trying to collect up some information about the alternate
route suggested by the Methow Valley Ranger District (on
"the alternate route begins about 5.5 miles north of Methow Pass.
Hikers can either take trail 756 over Mebee Pass and down Boulder Creek
Trail 729 to the junction with Chancellor Trail 754. Alternately,
hikers can take the Mill Creek Trail 755 from the junction with the PCT
over Azurite Pass and down Mill Creek to the junction with Chancellor
Trail 754. The route continues west on trail 754 to the East Bank Trail
on the eastern shore of Ross Lake. Thru-hikers can then continue north
on the East Bank Trail and the Lightning Creek Trail to Hozomeen
campground and the Canadian border. The road from Hozomeen connects to
Highway 3 in British Columbia west of Manning Park."
The road from Hozomeen campground on the US side to Ross Lake
campground (on the BC side) is a 39 mile road, most of which is
apparently gravel. I don't know how well-traveled it is to the end. I
will try and find out in the next few days. One option would be to just
turn around and head back down to North Cascades highway instead of
actually coming back through Canada--Apparently, you can make
arrangements with the water taxi on Ross Lake to take you back to the
Ross Lake Resort (206-386-4437).
Has anyone thought about an alternate route further west? I am just
looking at maps and checking the WTA website http://www.wta.org I
considered a hike earlier this year from Ross lake dam, up the west
bank to Big Beaver creek, then over Beaver Pass, up Little Beaver Creek
to Whatcom Pass (VERY BRUSHY on a July trail report), then north on
the Chilliwack river trail to Chilliwack Lake in BC. Chilliwack Lake
is much closer to Hwy 3 and probably more heavily visited. Remember,
this is all paper tripping, I have no personal experience. Has anyone
on the PCT-L hiked in this part of the North Cascades?
Bad news is that I will be out of town from Sept. 16th to the 23rd.
Harriet is also away. Any other folks nearby who could help hikers who
come into Canada via an alternate route?
It's time to do a rain dance for a major downpour on the Tatoosh fire
and hope the PCT from Rainy Pass north will re-open soon.
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