On September 6th I walked into Canada after 2660 miles and nearly 5 months on the Pacific Crest Trail. Washington was in general a challenging section. Frequent rain, huge climbs and a tiring body. The final night on trail was marked by a nine hour downpour and thunder storm. My final day of hiking was even more challenging. One quarter mile section of scree took us more than an hour to scramble through and contained five deep gullies (5-15 foot sheer walls) that had been washed out earlier in August by a major storm. The final climb of the trail crested at 7000 feet at which point hail began to fall and lightning started striking nearby. It poured the final three hours as I descended to the Canadian border. The rain broke  at 4:30 PM just as the monument marking the Northern Terminus came into view. We celebrated for about a half an hour at which point it began to pour again and we walked eight more miles to the lodge at Manning Park in British Columbia. I arrived at the lodge in the dark, thoroughly soaked but without a care in the world and the hike was over. It has been a little unsettling to no longer be moving north each day but I am also ready for a rest. I loved every minute of the trail and can say with certainty that this was the best summer of my life!  I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to pursue my dream. Thank you so much to all who supported my journey!

Northern Terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail - U.S. / Canada border

Northern Terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail - U.S. / Canada border

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