While the scenery was gorgeous as always, yesterday was only the second time I've gotten sick on a run. The first time? Last year when I also did the same PCT section from Rainy Pass down to the Stehekin River. I'm fairly convinced it's just so easy to run that 13 miles that I don't drink and then hit the bottom of the valley, which is hot, and I can't turn it around. After Park Creek Pass when things got bad it was a rough walk out the 17 miles of Thunder Creek...
Relevant trail conditions:
- PCT/Bridge Creek: lots of water running over the trail; handful of easy blowdowns within the first few miles leaving Highway 20.
- Old Wagon Road: mostly growing back to singletrack.
- Park Creek Pass: A little brushy, but not as bad as Little Beaver last summer. Snow started around 5200' and is no issue reaching the pass. Expect to stomp through a lot of streams and ponds in the meadows. Descending into Thunder Basin I checked out the summer trail route and ultimately decided to glissade the central gully which was still holding enough snow. With the melt, that probably won't be feasible much longer.
- Thunder Creek: a bit of snow and debris through the upper basin, no issue past the Thunder Basin camp ford.
|Stream across PCT/Bridge Creek|
|Paintbrush and Lupine coming out below ~3600'|
|Memaloose and Goode ridges, from PCT/Bridge Creek|
|Bowan Mountain and pass; snow doesn't look bad, Bridge Creek ford definitely not passable|
|Seven Sisters area (l) and Le Conte-Sentinal ridge on the Ptarmigan Traverse in the back|
|The giant cedar at the bottom of Bridge Creek; can't miss it|
|Bridge "creek" from the Old Wagon Road|
|Old Wagon Road|
|Old Wagon Road|
|Park Creek and Goode Mountain|
|Reaching Park Creek basin; shoulder of Storm King (r), Buckner and Booker|
|More cat scat|
|North face of Buckner, rising 5000' over Park Creek Basin|
|Park Creek Basin|
|Falls coming off of Booker Mountain|
|Park Creek Pass, Buckner and Booker|
|Marmot near Park Creek Pass|
|Looking south from Park Creek Pass, prominent peaks: Bonanza (r), Martin (c), Devore (l)|
|Bear tracks going over Park Creek Pass|
|Looking north to Redoubt, Mox peaks and Spickard, from Park Creek Pass|
|Corresponding bear scat 200 yards over the pass|
|Looking back up at Park Creek Pass; summer trail contours left above the trees before descending, I glissaded the central gully|
|Thunder Creek falls|
|Thunder Creek ford not an issue|
|No postholing this time!|
|Chilling in a stream...suffering a bit...|