2001 PCT Hike: Stevens Pass to Stehekin


 

In the summer of 2001, Peter Tremayne, Jeff Warner and Pat Jenkins hiked from Steven's Pass to Stehekin; a distance of 110 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) that runs a total length of 2,600 miles from Mexico to Canada, passing through California, Oregon and Washington States.

Steven's Pass, situated on Highway 2 between Seattle and Wenatchee has an elevation of 4,000 ft. as it crosses the crest of the Cascade mountain range from the west into central Washington. From this Pass, the PCT runs north to northeast, rarely dropping below 3,000 and often above 6,000 ft. It contours along the western flank of the 10,500 ft Glacier Peak and then descends to the settlement of Stehekin, situated at the north end of the magnificent Lake Chelan.

 

  • On the first day after departing Steven's Pass ... Peter and Pat by Lake Valhalla On the first day after departing Steven's Pass ... Peter and Pat by Lake Valhalla
  • Peter and Pat having breakfast on the shores of Lake Janus ... one day from Steven's Pass Peter and Pat having breakfast on the shores of Lake Janus ... one day from Steven's Pass
  • Early departure on a foggy morning ... the beginning of our third day on the Trail Early departure on a foggy morning ... the beginning of our third day on the Trail
  • Walking the Trail near Grizzly Peak Walking the Trail near Grizzly Peak
  • The Cady Ridge trail marker near Lake Sally Anne The Cady Ridge trail marker near Lake Sally Anne
  • Our campsite at Reflection Pond ... before, and below White Pass Our campsite at Reflection Pond ... before, and below White Pass
  • Peter and Pat holding up the signboard at White Chuck trailhead Peter and Pat holding up the signboard at White Chuck trailhead
  • Peter's truck that we'd postioned at White Chuck trailhead Peter's truck that we'd postioned at White Chuck trailhead
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  • The Guard Station at Kennedy Hot Springs The Guard Station at Kennedy Hot Springs
  • Our first rain ... hiking through Glacier Peak Wilderness on the 6th day of travel Our first rain ... hiking through Glacier Peak Wilderness on the 6th day of travel
  • Resting on the switchbacks on the climb from the Milk Creek crossing Resting on the switchbacks on the climb from the Milk Creek crossing
  • Dinner at a fine campsite near the Suiattle River ... another tasty meal of dehy rations Dinner at a fine campsite near the Suiattle River ... another tasty meal of dehy rations
  • The bridge over Milk Creek The bridge over Milk Creek
  • Walking through a forest of old growth Douglas Firs beneath Glacier Peak Walking through a forest of old growth Douglas Firs beneath Glacier Peak
  • Climbing up to Suiattle Pass Climbing up to Suiattle Pass
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There's a major logistic problem associated with hiking the PCT as sections of the trail run for many miles without crossing lateral access roads; in some places through 100 miles plus, of wilderness. This is the situation between Steven's Pass and Stehekin; no resupply without hiking a lateral trail to a road-head and finding transport to the nearest town. After five days on the PCT we chose to walk out on the White Chuck trail, 8 miles each way and 22 miles by road to the timber town of Darrington. We'd previously positioned a vehicle at the trail-head for this purpose.

On our return to the PCT, we were carrying sufficient food and fuel for an estimated six days to Stehekin. In the event, we reached our final destination in five days, then took the lake ferry the 50 miles down the lake to the city of Chelan.

 

©Peter Tremayne, Vancouver WA 2001

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