So the final day on the PCT finally arrived and I couldn’t sleep in past 4am, if I’d been by myself I’d probably have just gotten going at a much earlier time as I was awake anyway. It turned out Bubblewrap was awake really early as well, but we ended up settling off at 6am as per normal anyway.
Even though I awoke early, I really wasn’t feeling too much anticipation or excitement though, instead I had a slightly hollow feeling.
The walking today was pretty good to us and we had the last climbs of the PCT to tackle, the first was about 3 miles and the next was dragged on for about 4.5 miles. They weren’t bad climbs by any means, but they did give us some pretty nice high ground well above the tree line with beautiful views that were some of the best in Washington.
We descended to Hopkins Pass and had our final lunch here sitting in the shade before heading off for the final 6 miles towards the Canadian border. The walking was pretty much a flowing downhill in the green tunnel all the way there which made for easy walking.
We arrived at the border terminus around 4:30pm and spent a while there taking photos and filling out the trail register. We were very lucky to have a Canadian man from Hope there as well to take most of the photos for us. So once we were finished there we kept going a further 4 miles uphill to the last campsite before Manning Park. We arrived and set up camp with Slack’s parents, we’ve seen his dad quite a few times in the last week.
We also had another three hikers from last years PCT north bound group that have traveled back to complete the last short section that was closed by fire last year, the unfinished PCT was simply something they had to return to complete and couldn’t simply ignore.
Probably the most exciting things I’m looking forward to now is getting to Manning Park (all downhill thankfully), having breakfast at the resort and getting a successful hitch into Vancouver and of course not walking so much for a while.