Blogging from the PCT

On my way to San Diego

Getting a prepaid SIM card in the States 

Welcome to Scout & Frodo’s!

Day 1, Campo to Lake Morena, 20 miles (32km)

Day 2, Lake Morena to Cibbits Campground, 14 miles (22km)

Day 3, Cibbits campground to Mt Laguna campground, 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 4, Mt Laguna campground to Mason Valley Fire Tank, 15.5 miles (25km)

Day 5, Mason Valley Fire Tank to Stagecoach Trails RV Resort, 15 miles (24km)

Day 6, Stagecoach Trails RV Resort to mile 94.5, 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 7, Mile 94.5 to Warner Springs, 15 miles (24km)

Day 8, Warner Springs to Trail Angel Mike’s place, 18 miles (29km)

Day 9, Trail Angel Mike’s place to mile 144, 17 miles (27km)

Day 10, Mile 144 to Paradise Valley Cafe, 8 miles (13km)

Day 11, Zero in Idyllwild

Day 12, Paradise Valley to mile 162 (as far as you can go on the PCT due to the mountain fire closure), then the Cedar springs trail to Highway 74, 18 miles (29km)

Day 13, Devil’s Slide trail to mile 193, 16.2 miles (26km)

Day 14, Mile 193 to Ziggy and the Bear’s, 17 miles (27km)

Day 15, Ziggy and the Bear to Mile 226, 17 miles (27km) incl detour to Whitewater preserve

Day 16, Mile 226 to Coon Creek Cabin, mile 246, 20 miles (32km)

Day 17, Coon Creek Cabin to mile 266, 20 miles (32km)

Day 18, Zero at Big Bear Lake

Day 19, Big Bear Lake to mile 286, 20 miles (32km)

Day 20, Mile 286 to mile 310, 24 miles (38km)

Day 21, Mile 310 to Cleghorn Picnic Area mile 328, 17 miles (27km)

Day 22, Cleghorn Picnic Area mile 328 to mile 347, 19 miles (30km)

Day 23, Mile 347 to Wrightwood (mile 369 then a 5 mile hitch), 22 miles (35km)

Day 24, Mile 369 to Little Jimmy campground, mile 384 (via Mt Baden Powell), 15 miles (24km)

Day 25, Little Jimmy campground (mile 384) to mile 410, 26.9 miles (43km) incl detour

Day 26, Mile 410 to mile 430, 20 miles (32km)

Day 27, Mile 430 to Acton KOA (mile 444), 14 miles (22km)

Day 28, Acton KOA (mile 444) to mile 456, 12 miles (19km)

Day 29, Mile 456 to Casa de Luna (The Anderson’s), 22 miles (35km) + 2 mile hitch

Day 30, Zero Day at Casa de Luna (The Anderson’s)

Day 31, Casa de Luna to Sawmill Campground (mile 498), 19 miles (30km)

Day 32, Sawmill Campground (mile 498) to Hikertown (mile 517), 19 miles (30km)

Day 33, Hikertown (mile 517) to Tylerhorse canyon (mile 541), 24 miles (38km)

Day 34, Tylerhorse canyon (mile 541) to Tehachapi, 17 miles (27km) and 9 mile hitch

Day 35, Tehachapi zero day

Day 36, 37 & 38 Las Vegas – “Waiting for the snow to melt in the Sierras trip”

Day 39, Tehachapi (mile 558) to mile 577, 19 miles (30km)

Day 40, Mile 577 to mile 604, 27 miles (43km)

Day 41, Mile 604 to mile 631, 27 miles (43km)

Day 42, Mile 631 to Walker Pass campground mile 651, 20 miles (32km)

Day 43, Walker Pass Campground to mile 663, 13.5 miles (22km) incl round trip to Joshua Tree spring for water

Day 44, Mile 664 to 687, 23 miles (37km)

Day 45, Mile 687 to Kennedy Meadows General Store (mile 702), 15 miles (24km)

Day 46, Zero at Kennedy Meadows General Store (mile 702)

Day 47, Kennedy Meadows General Store to mile 722, 21 miles (34km)

Day 48, Mile 722 to mile 745, then 1.8 miles to Horseshoe meadow campground, 25 miles (40km)

Day 49, Zero in Lone Pine

Day 50, Horseshoe Meadow campground to Crabtree Meadow (mile 766), 23 miles (37km)

Day 51, Climbed Mt Whitney, 18 miles (29km)

Day 52, Crabtree Meadow (mile 766) over Forrester Pass to Bubbs Creek (mile 784), 18 miles (29km)

Day 53, Bubbs creek (mile 784) to Lone Pine via Kearsage Pass, 12 miles (19km)

Day 54, Zero in Lone Pine

Day 55, Lone Pine via Kearsage Pass to Middle Rae Lake campsite (mile 793.5), 12 miles (19km)

Day 56, Middle Rae Lake campsite (mile 793.5), to mile 811, 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 57, Mile 811 to Grouse Meadow campsite (mile 828.5) via Mather Pass, 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 58, Mile 828.5 to 846 via Muir Pass, 17.5 miles (28km)

Day 59, Mile 846 to 862, 16 miles (26km)

Day 60, Mile 862 to 879 (via Selden Pass), 17 miles (27km)

Day 61, Mile 879 to 901, (via Silver Pass), 22 miles (35km)

Day 62, Mile 901 to Reds Meadows campground 906, 5 miles (8km)

Day 63, Zero in Mammoth Lakes

Day 64, Mammoth Lakes to Rosalie Lake on the JMT alternate, 9 miles (7km)

Day 65, Rosalie Lake on the JMT alternate to Lyell Fork bridge (mile 932), via Donohue Pass, 17 miles (27km)

Day 66, Lyell Fork bridge (mile 932) to Toulumne Meadows, 11 miles (17km)

Day 67, Toulumne Meadows campground to North Pines backpacking campsite in Yosemite Valley (via Cloud’s Rest), 30 miles (48km)

Day 68, Zero Day: North Pines Campground (Yosemite Valley) to Toulumne Meadows, no real walking miles

Day 69, Toulumne Meadows to mile 963, 21 miles (34km)

Day 70, Mile 963 to mile 981, 18 miles (29km)

Day 71, Mile 981 to mile 1006, 25 miles (40km)

Day 72, Mile 1006 to mile 1018, 12 miles (19km)

Day 73, Mile 1018 to mile 1026, 8 miles (13km)

Day 74, Mile 1026 to 1046, 20 miles (32km)

Day 75, Mile 1046 to 1068, 22 miles (35km)

Day 76, Mile 1068 to 1089, 21 miles (34km)

Day 77, Mile 1089 to mile 1094 (Echo lake resort), 5 miles (8km)

Day 78, Zero Day in South Lake Tahoe 

Day 79, Echo Lake Resort to mile 1110, 16 miles (26km)

Day 80, Mile 1110 to mile 1138, 28 miles (45km)

Day 81, Mile 1138 to 1163, 25 miles (40km)

Day 82, Mile 1163 to 1189, 26 miles (42km)

Day 83, Mile 1189 to Sierra City (mile 1197.5), 8.5 miles (14km)

Day 84, Unintentional zero day as we hitched from Truckee back to Sierra City

Day 85, Sierra City to mile 1221, 26 miles (42km)

Day 86, Mile 1221 to Middle Fork Feather River (mile 1247), 26 miles (42km)

Day 87, Middle Fork Feather River to Buck’s Lake (alternate), 17 miles (27km)

Day 88, Trail Angels house in Buck’s Lake to Hiker Haven (mile 1284), 21 miles (34km)

Day 89, Hiker Haven to Mile 1305, 22 miles (35km)

Day 90, Mile 1305 to mile 1330, 25 miles (40km)

Day 91, Mile 1330 to mile 1357, 27 miles (43km)

Day 92, Mile 1357 to Hat Creek Resort (mile 1371), 14 miles (22km)

Day 93, Hat Creek Resort (mile 1371) to mile 1395 (via JJ’s cafe), 25 miles (40km)

Day 94, Mile 1395 to Burney Falls State Park, 22 miles (35km)

Day 95, Burney Falls State Park to mile 1440, 25 miles (40km)

Day 96, Mile 1440 to mile 1468, 28 miles (45km)

Day 97, Mile 1468 to 1494, 26 miles (42km)

Day 98, Mile 1494 to 1498, 4 miles (6km), Nero in Mt Shasta

Day 99, Mile 1498 to 1514, 16 miles (26km)

Day 100, Mile 1514 to 1542, 28 miles (45km)

Day 101, Mile 1542 to 1572, 30 miles (48km)

Day 102, Mile 1572 to 1597, 25 miles (40km)

Day 103, Mile 1597 to 1611, 14 miles (22km)

Day 104, Mile 1611 to 1636, 25 miles (40km)

Day 105, Mile 1636 to Seiad Valley (mile 1653), 17 miles (27km)

Day 106, Seiad Valley (mile 1653) to mile 1672, 19 miles (30km)

Day 107, Mile 1672 to mile 1704, 32 miles (51km)

Day 108, Nero in Ashland, Mile 1704 to 1716, 12 miles (19km)

Day 109, 110, 111: Ashland

Day 112, Mile 1716 to 1732, 16 miles (26km)

Day 113, Mile 1732 to 1764, 32 miles (51km)

Day 114, Mile 1764 to 1790, 26 miles (42km)

Day 115, Mile 1790 to 1818, then to Mazama campground, 29 miles (46km)

Day 116, Mazama campground to Lightning Springs campground on the Crater Lake Rim alternative trail, 8.5 miles (14km)

Day 117, Lightning Springs campground on the Crater Lake Rim alternative trail to mile 1853, 25 miles (40km)

Day 118, Mile 1853 to Oregon Skyline Trail (mile 4.4 miles), 26 miles (42km)

Day 119, Oregon Skyline Trail Mile 4.4 to PCT mile 1907, 21 miles (34km)

Day 120, Mile 1907 to mile 1931, 24 miles (38km)

Day 121, Mile 1931 to Elk Lake Resort, 20 miles (32km)

Day 122, Elk Lake Resort to Mile 1968, 19 miles (30km)

Day 123, Mile 1968 to Big Lake Youth Camp, 26 miles (42km)

Day 124, Big Lake Youth Camp to mile 2012, 20 miles (32km)

Day 125, Mile 2012 to 2040, 28 miles (45km)

Day 126, Mile 2040 to 2070, 30 miles (48km)

Day 127, Mile 2070 to Timberline Lodge, 24 miles (38km)

Day 128, 129: Bend

Day 130, Timberline Lodge to mile 2112, 18 miles (29km)

Day 131, Mile 2112 to mile 3.3 of 15 along the Eagle Creek Alternate, 16.7 miles (27km)

Day 132, Mile 3.3 of 15 along the Eagle Creek Alternate trail to Cascade Locks, 12 miles (19km)

Day 133, Cascade Locks

Day 134, Cascade Locks to mile 2148 then back to Cascade Locks, 8 miles (13km) 😦

Day 135, Cascade Locks to Mile 2163, 19.5 miles (31km)

Day 136, Mile 2163 to 2190, 27 miles (43km)

Day 137, Mile 2190 to 2216, 26 miles (42km)

Day 138, Mile 2216 to 2226, 10 miles (16km)

Day 139, Trout Lake

Day 140, Mt Adams road detour to PCT mile 2253, 25 miles (40km)

Day 141, Mile 2253 to 2270, 17 miles (27km)

Day 142, Mile 2270 to White Pass (2293), 23 miles (37km)

Day 143, White Pass to mile 2312, 20 miles (32km)

Day 144, Mile 2312 to 2332, 20 miles (32km)

Day 145, Mile 2332 to Urich cabin (mile 2344), 12 miles (19km)

Day 146, Urich cabin (mile 2344) to mile 2374, 30 miles (48km)

Day 147, Mile 2374 to Snoqualmie Pass, 17 miles (27km)

Day 148, Snoqualmie Pass to mile 2405, 15 miles (24km)

Day 149, Mile 2405 to 2431, 26 miles (42km)

Day 150, Mile 2431 to 2451, 20 miles (32km)

Day 151, Mile 2451 to mile 2464 via Stevens Pass, 13 miles (21km)

Day 152, Mile 2464 to 2487, 23 miles (37km)

Day 153, Mile 2487 to 2515, 28 miles (45km)

Day 154, Mile 2515 to 2541, 26 miles (42km)

Day 155, Mile 2541 to 2564, 23 miles (37km)

Day 156, Mile 2564 to Stehekin (mile 2569), 5 miles (8km)

Day 157, Stehekin (mile 2569) to mile 2592, 23 miles (37km)

Day 158, Mile 2592 to 2619, 27 miles (43km)

Day 159, Mile 2619 to 2646, 27 miles (43km)

Day 160, Mile 2646 to 2659, 13 miles (21km)

CANADA BABY!!!

  • Total miles: 2732.8

  • Total kilometers: 4372.5

  • (based on Halfmile app with 2015 maps)

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11 responses to “Blogging from the PCT

  1. Hi Kat, I think we (mi amigo Estaban and i) saw you from a distance on El Camino (De Santiago) in 2013, Some bar or albergue not sure but you look familiar in the photos of that walk. anyway you are amazing and thanks so much for sharing your journeys, they are totally inspiring.

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  2. Ive been so busy with my camino that your adventure by-passed me. So now I have some bedtime reading for a while. I walked 52 days so you are already ahead of me. Am looking forward to catching up.

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  3. Hey Kat, I’m loving blog and all the preparation information. I’m planning to do this next April and all your organisational skills is helping me immensely (due to the fact I’m not the best at organising stuff!) One thing I am curious about though is whether I can get a B2 Visa as an Australian citizen from a UK based USA Embassy… I will have to follow this up. Enjoy your trip 🙂

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  6. I have a few questions, Did you keep a laptop or tablet with you as you hiked to update your blog? What camera did you use to capture your journey? How did you go about partnering with MYAMA ADVENTURES to raise money for the trail? Thank you for your insight.

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    • Hi Kathryn,
      No laptop or tablet, just my phone and the WordPress app. My camera was the Sony RX100 III and Myamadventure had an application process for sponsorship 🙂
      Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other questions & happy trails!

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  7. Hello Kat
    I was with the very nice group of campers that you stopped to talk with and my wife gave you the food. We followed your arrows, we both in joyed your journey and your writing of trail life done so well we never lost interest. And the pictures just so beautiful. I thought of you when was reading shepherds hike of the CDT trail witch he just finished a few weeks ago. Both you and he write so well. DO stop writing and picture taking please.
    Kurt, Diane from So Cal near San Deigo 😎

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    • Hi Kurt and Diane,

      Thank you! 2016 was a challenging year after an ankle reconstruction but I started walking again in September and hope to be in full-swing blogging again in 2017. I’ll never forget your generosity on my first day of the PCT, thank you. Wishing you both a wonderful 2017!
      Kat

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