I woke up a before my alarm, a combination of excitement to be finishing the final day of the PCT and the fact that my mattress was mostly deflated, so I might as well just get up.
This final section of trail is really spectacular. Today would be the third time I’d hike through Rae Lakes and over Glenn Pass (previously on the JMT as well as a 4-day loop through Kings Canyon). I took a lot of photos since the scenery (and the lighting) were so spectacular and figured I might as well send this blog off with a bang.
An hour after sunrise the light is just starting to hit the top of distant peaks.
Reflection over Arrowhead Lake
The first view of The Painted Lady
The Painted Lady reflection in Upper Rae Lake
The top of Glenn Pass (you can see the trail traversing across from the left).
Technically, I completed the PCT at this junction (where I’d hike over to Kearsarge Pass and down to Onion Valley, then hitch into town) but this wouldn’t have been a very exciting place to celebrate with pictures 🙂
Bullfrog Lake view near the top of the Pass.
Similar location from when I did this back in June
Kearsarge Lakes from the top of the Pass
The Pacific Crest Trail completion celebration begins 🎉
Just in time too…look at these temps!
On the shuttle to the airport I could see the mountains were now covered in snow.
The dots represent all the places I stayed along the way. Blue dots were on trail going North. Orange were going South. Purple were off trail locations.
It was kind of odd waking up this morning (9/21/17) knowing I wouldn’t be hiking 25-30 miles today, or anytime soon. I will let things settle down for a day or two and be back with some final thoughts.