June 26. 16 miles, then 25 miles then 19 miles and back to Lion’s Den

We caught an early shuttle and passed the mountain goats.

11,490 feet of vertical ascent over three days and 30 miles each way.

Day two we got up early and were on the trail at 4:30 am.

Some snow but none that needed ice axes or spikes.

We finally made it to the border with Canada.

Then we started back. We almost stopped at the lake but the mosquitoes were terrible.

So we started pushing on.

It started raining. With no place to camp.

On the good side we got to where we needed to be. On the bad side it was in pouring rain.

Pictures don’t capture the stunning view we had in the morning.

Then we started back towards Hart’s Pass with a stop to dry our gear.

At the pass there were a lot of us who needed a shuttle and a camp host who had the driver’s number which we used to text him via Garmin.

He took us back to Lion’s Den which has twice as many people now.

Now we are out to dinner with people we met and then we will have a recovery day. Then we head out to Stehekin when tomorrow’s rain is over.


https://www.facebook.com/reel/833428761452080?fs=e&s=TIeQ9V&mibextid=0NULKw—second video.

Saturday June 24. To mile 2640 from Hart’s Pass

Beautiful campsite, clear spring fed water. We are tucked in early to wait out the rain and get a great start to the border tomorrow.

Two days ago we left Lone Pine at 5:30 am for the bus station in Bend. Then it was busses and trains all the way up to a trail angel’s house.

We slept on inflatable beds in a tent in his backyard. Then in the morning we headed to Mazama.

Yesterday we got to Lion’s Den, a hostel in Mazama. We bicycled into town, set up our tent under a cabana style awning and planned for this morning.

Last thing that happened was that the forest rangers called back to let us know the road to Harts Pass was going to be open the next morning.

That meant no ten mile road walk with 3,000 feet of elevation to start our day.

We had a long distance runner who just graduated, two German medical doctors, an economist working for the treasury and a kid from Salt Lake City.

Our shuttle driver was Raven who is helping run the hostel and doing shuttles.

They have bicycles at the hostel and we rode them into town several times. They also had scales and I am at 175 which is down from the 184 or so I was at before we started in April.

I gained weight in our time off but not as much as I feared.

I was glad for the tarp like structure we camped under because of the heavy rain in the middle of the night. While I woke up early, I went back to sleep and had eggs and toast instead of pancakes for breakfast. That left the syrup we bought for others to use.

It was about twenty miles up mostly one lane dirt roads. Mountain goat families shared the area with us and we got to the trail head right at 8:05. Put our micro spikes, ice axes and food for Hart’s Pass to Stehekin in the bear boxes and started hiking.

It is beautiful with some snow for decoration and plentiful water. Warm enough to hike but cold enough to inhibit mosquitoes.

Lots of mountains and clouds. Lots of hikers. Lots of what our shuttle driver calls Snowbos—people who did Southern California and have flipped to go SOBO because of the snow.

Win was able to update people that Hart’s Pass is open. That saves a ten mile roadwalk each way for those who want a break before they go on.

We are out of cell service for a couple days. Lots of world news including the Russian civil war. Should be interesting to see if anything really happens while we are cut off.

After about sixteen miles it was later and the weather wasn’t good for my siesta. I have allergies but mild enough I need to cut the medication in half or something but strong enough to give me sinus headaches.

We set up early, waited out some rain, had dinner early, slept about two hours (1:45 or so) and made sure our water for tomorrow was ready. I also prepped tomorrow’s food for breakfast, snack and lunch.

The rain is past, it is 7:39 and I’m getting ready to go to sleep again.

Volcano National Park

Great views and great walk with family.

Video of the park.

Been a great family gathering. Anniversaries, birthdays and one more birthday to come (we picked up three cakes to celebrate that one).

Suddenly the weather is great and it is just beautiful.

We have shuttles, a hostel, bus and train travel lined up for the northern terminus. One day delay scheduled for bad weather then thirty miles up, thirty back and down to Stehekin where our bear canisters are waiting at the post office along with resupply.

Then south. We will be carrying bear canisters, ice axes and micro spikes just to be cautious but they should see us through Washington until we flip down to Timberline and hike through to Elk Lake.

Then it will be south to the gateway to the Sierra.

Not sure if we will do that NOBO or SOBO but we will figure it out.

It is good to be with family.

June 16 — Current plans.

A year or so (June 13, 2022) ago we started on the PCT.

I still have the same hat 😄.

But, moving on to a current update.

The Oregon Coast Trail had closures, road walks and a bus trip. Worse, Joe & Katie had some family business. That meant hiking it alone in the wind and fog on narrow roads instead of trails and beaches with friends.

We got to Pacific City and rethought things in light of the closures and our near miss experiences on the latest roadwalk. You can read more by reading Happy on the Trail’s post about close encounters on 101.

We all said goodbye at the bus stop.

Oregon Coast Trail Photo Album.

Looking forward to scores of miles roadwalking US 101 with lumber trucks did not appeal to any of us so Win & I headed off to see Win’s mom.

We wanted to see her anyways—and see the rest of the family there too.

After that visit we drove down to Oregon to my brother’s house. That meant we headed to my family reunion a couple days early.

Once the family reunion is over we head to Washington and the PCT’s northern terminus. We pick up our resupply then head for the border, then back to Stehekin and our bear canisters.

That way we get to the terminus before fire season but after the snow. https://www.postholer.com/snow/Pacific-Crest-Trail/1

The general rule is you can hike Washington two weeks after Hart’s pass melts. Reports are that it melted out on June 1. We will start around June 22 which should have it melting in time with an extra week’s buffer on the state.

The blue colors are .5 cm or less of snow to two inches of snow. We will leave after it has had one more week of melting past the suggested two weeks.

We hope we are prepared.

I have a new sun hoody (Win pointed out that my old one has a lot of holes in it). New pants waiting in Stehekin (current ones are pretty worn and have rips and tears).

I replaced the mosquito repellent the TSA confiscated. I now have new sun gloves that have fewer holes.

Win has a new pack (Hyperlite replaced it under warranty) and we have our ice axes and micro spikes which we had mailed to my brother’s house.

We applied more Permethrin to our gear. My socks and the new gloves and hoody. Lots of Win’s gear was refreshed. My sleeping base layer top got a refresher too.

And. With luck. Maybe. If they can fix the bridges and the snow melts. We can do the Sierra section August 1.

That snow is still awesomely high.

Oregon Coast Trail—June 11–Pacific City

Early today the road was quiet. We did the road walk instead of swimming the estuary. Joe and Katie did the river crossing. I have to admire their dedication.

But about two miles from town the traffic became non-stop and an RV driver basically left the road trying to run Happy over.

That was enough road walking. We caught the free bus (runs only Friday to Sunday) to the campground. Apple puts us at 14-15 miles for the day.

We celebrated Happy’s birthday and then went to dinner. Her birthday is tomorrow but today we were with friends.

When we got to town the first thing we did was check in at the campground and pay for a spot.

The wind is blowing and I used the stability lines on the tent.

We then walked over to a bakery where I got a large cocoa. We also got Wi-Fi. Eventually Joe and Katie made it to town and they presented Happy with a cupcake for her birthday.

We had set up the campground to share it with them.

We bought groceries, got in line for the only restaurant in town and then put our food up and Happy used the showers.

Reel—includes a view of the sand dune “lake” area.

My toes are doing better.

Just a note. Grocery stores are really expensive in this part of the world. Restaurant food isn’t that much more. All the prices make your eyes water.

Went to the beach after dinner.

Planning for tomorrow now. Which includes not road walking highway US 101.

Happy on the Trail’s post.

Guide to our section.

Oregon Coast Trail —June 10, Cape Lookout State Park

Looks like it was about sixteen miles today, about ten of it the expedition of going out to the Cape Lookout Point.

We took the WAVE bus at 6:51 for a dollar to bypass the US 101 and the lumber trucks part of the road walk we would have had to do if we could not get the ferry service to take us (they sure did not seem interested).

We had a layover where none of the breakfast places were open but we saw the mascot for Lucky Bear.

We then hiked the safer part of the road walk which was about six miles to the state park where we signed in for the “hike & bike” and set up our tent. The rest of the park was completely full.

Then we started hiking the “closed for blowdowns” trail to the parking lot and trail head for the point. Then we headed out to the point which Joe (we’ve been hiking with Joe & Katy) really wanted to see.

It was neat. total for today was about sixteen miles, which included a live snake on the trail. I’m glad Joe got us moving.

In addition to the snake we saw some plants that were around in the Jurassic era.

It was a good day.

Reel of today, down to the beach after dinner.

Happy on the Trail’s comments.

Oregon Coast Trail —June 9—Garibaldi

At the end of the day we camped just out of town at the RV Park’s “hike & bike” area.

We got up and started hiking out of the “hike & bike” by following the park roads out of the camping area through the horse camp.

Kept to the roads instead of the beach until we got to the jetty right before the ferry.

The jetty was so slippery with algae. It was rough getting down to the sand. I had to more use my arms and upper body for the last half.

Then we got to the seals on the beach.

Then we caught the ferry and I had a hot apple cider.

Then we started on the other side of the inlet.

Pictures and videos

We had second breakfast and then when the drizzle got heavier we caught the train.

Non profit, but fun and historic.

Now we are in Garibaldi. Turns out it was a ten mile day. Our first Nero and a good rest —especially with the spitting rain and cold and foggy day.

We are here with Joe & Tracy. They are great.

To quote Happy on the Trail:

Friday, June 9, 2023

Yesterday, as we arrived in Manzanita, we stopped at a little cafe for a chance to warm up. As we were leaving, we got talking to two local ladies. I asked them about a laundromat. Another local was walking by and mentioned that the local laundromat closed and there was no longer one in town. One of the ladies did a quick search and found one in the next town — 8 miles away. We all laughed when she mentioned that the laundromat was located in Joe’s Snacks & Beer. One of the ladies added that she had spent the last 3 months in town while her brother was ill. He had just passed and she had time to fill. She offered to take us to the laundromat. We exchanged phone information.

We hiked down to the state park, checked in to the Hike & Bike area, took showers and then texted her. She picked us up, dropped us off at the laundromat and then picked us up later. She was a retired first grade teacher and truly a delight.

We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around town and then visiting with other hikers at the campground.

In the Hike & Bike area, there was a picnic table with a big cooler on it, Beside the cooler was a blowup queen sized mattress and a couple of tarps. That pile sat all day long. Around 6 pm, a woman pedaled into the camp and started pulling that pile apart. By the time she was done, that corner of the campground looked like a full homeless encampment. A little while later, a guy showed up to join her.

At 3 am, those two started fighting. They spent almost an hour screaming and shouting. The woman then spent another hour monologuing profanity in a really loud voice. About 45 minutes into this situation, I tried to call the ranger. When that did not work, I called 911 and reported it. It took 15 minutes and 3 phone transfers, but they took the report. No one ever showed up but there is now a record. This couple do not meet criteria for a Hiker/Biker camping area. They need to be gone. Hopefully the report will help that happen.

This morning it was so hard to get up and get moving. We eventually packed up and wandered on down the trail. After a few miles, we hit the end of the narrow sand spit that the state park is on. We climbed down the side of a jetty of slick rocks and onto the beach of a river. The river meets the ocean at that point. We were hoping to not need to hike around the bay. We could see The Jetty Fishery & Marina on the other side of the river. I called them and asked if they could ferry us across the river. Yup. $10 each. They asked us to walk upstream a little further. Their directions included the phrase “walk past the harbor seals”. Suddenly, I was excited. I had been looking for seals for the last few days and this was going to be the first group.

Once we passed by the seals, we waited on the beach and the boat showed up within a few minutes. We got ferried across the river and then sat at the fishery for a few minutes to take a break and enjoy the views. It was still early and they had not started cooking crabs yet. They apologized for that.

After the Jetty, we strolled down old railroad tracks for a few miles while getting hit with a little bit of drizzly rain. We eventually got back onto the beach where we got to practice our balance skills on a wobbly log crossing to get across a stream. The drizzle got heavier. As we entered the little town of Rockaway, we saw a sign for Grumpy’s Café and Bakery. The word BAKERY combined with the rain helped us decide that it was time to stop for Second Breakfast.

As we finished up our meal, the rain had moved back to light drizzle. The weather report stated that heavier rain was expected within an hour. Ugh.

We knew that there is an old historic train that goes from Rockaway to the little fishing town of Garibaldi. The waitress told us that the depot was just a block away. We walked over, bought tickets and had about 20 minutes to wait before that train arrived. We took it into Garibaldi. Joe & Katie got hit with rain while they were at The Jetty. The crew there told them about a local bus that goes to Garibaldi. They waved the bus down, spent a dollar each and got to Garibaldi much faster and cheaper than we did.

We are all checked into the camping area at the local RV park. The clouds are getting thicker and lower. Our tent is up and our stuff is secure. We expect to hunker down today while it rains. Tomorrow, we will move on when the weather improves.

After a lousy night of sleep, I am looking forward to a nap today while it rains.


Our campsite area.

June 8. Manzanita.

Apple says it was about nine miles total. We came out of the bay.

Then the bridge was destroyed by a giant fallen tree.

Another view from Happy’s camera looking back. Used to be a bridge there.

Luckily we were able to ford the stream and climb up to the trail.

Eventually we got to Elks Flat.

Then we encountered a snake and the road to town.

Then we were on to town for hot chocolate and then the campground. Showers and a trail angel drove us for laundry.

Happy on the Trail’s post.

So great to be clean and in clean clothes. Tomorrow we have another beach hike.

Far Out doesn’t have this trail but Hiiker does. I’m subscribed until the end of the month.

June 7. It wasn’t ten miles. 😀😀

Instead it was a little over twenty miles.

We had a stretch we needed to get through while it was still low tide so we were really pushing it.

It was rugged and beautiful but I didn’t clear the sand from my shoes until lunch. Over a third of a cup in one shoe, none in the other. Sure explained the foot pain I was feeling.

Turned out there was a lot of sand in that sock too—with the result that I got some blisters.

But we beat the tide.

Lots of ocean and fog.

Win, Joe & Terry realized it was a longer schlep than they thought while I was talking to the Swiss couple and then eating dinner.

So I missed that, only to discover that it was longer than ten miles after I had done almost ten miles.

We eventually reached a surfer beach after a great meal in town.

Many places are closed to general camping but open to Oregon Coast Trail Campers. It turns out that where we got wasn’t following the rules but they were letting people camp if they got out around the surfers.

I think 21 miles or so would be more accurate.

But I really enjoyed the potato soup.

Happy on the Trail’s post.

Oregon Coast Trail: June 5&6

We started at the northern terminus which is a jetty that is partially closed.

From there we hiked four-five miles south to a campground. At the junction we had lunch with my brother Mark who had driven us to the terminus, walked with us and brought the lunch.

Video of the morning

The junction is right next to a boat wreck that is over a hundred years old.

Yes. Mark is a pretty great guy.

After lunch he hiked back to his car and Win and I hiked inland to the ranger office, signed up for camping at the hike and bike and checked out the KOA store.

Then we walked to the next town with Newell, a Jordanian who retired from teaching college and running the college a couple years ago and who has retired to Hawaii. He is on a biking trip south. Did 300+ miles his first 22 hour day and is resolved to bike less and enjoy the experience more.

Yesterday was eleven miles. We went to bed around eight o’clock and we started hiking again at 6:23 this morning. Finished today around 5:10 with 28.5 miles. I have some lightweight blisters from sand in my socks.

We had breakfast, packed up and started towards the beach. We took a dirt road and then a trail and returned to the beach via a road running along the edge of the military reservation.

On the way there we saw a lot of elk.

This week is a super low tide and the military isn’t shelling so the clam hunters were out in force while we walked down the beach.

I got a lot of sand in one shoe and now have some blisters.

We saw a bald eagle on the top of the sand dunes.

Then we headed inland.

We left the beach to get around the estuary and river. That took us into town and where Lewis & Clark finished their epic journey.

We climbed up to Tillamook. Lots of giant tree remnants.

Then we got to the three shelters at the top.

Tomorrow is a shorter day. Ten miles to the campground. Then we need to bypass a messy roadwalk on US 101 which is much too busy.

Pictures and videos.